The Three Rivers Park District and the City of Wayzata are seeking public input on the design of an extension to the Dakota Rail Regional Trail from Ferndale Road to Barry Avenue that will be funded by Three Rivers Park District. The design includes an off-street bike trail on the south side of Lake Street and will provide safe access for bicyclists. This project is timed to be a part of the renovation of Lake Street scheduled for late summer/early fall 2019.
On February 6, a community open house was held to review four design options for the trail (see below). The public is encouraged to comment on the four designs online. The submission period for comments will close on February 15.
This past fall, as staff has continued to update Three Rivers Park District staff on the project, the section of Lake Street between Barry and Ferndale was an increasing topic of discussion. This trail segment was identified as "the bridge to nowhere" by some this fall because of a gap between the new Lake Street trail improvements and the Dakota Rail Trail on the west side of Ferndale.
As a result, Three Rivers Park District staff have indicated that due to the importance of this stretch of trail to their regional plan, they have allocated the cost of the segment, both design and construction, in their CIP. Meaning, if the City is agreeable, Three Rivers would fund the design and construction of the trail segment at the same time with the Lake Street Improvements.
Other benefits of this trail connection are:
A safer and more efficient crossings at Shoreline Dr, Ferndale, and the BNSF railroad; and
Another to step to ultimately eliminate Wayzata Beach as the trail head for the Dakota Rail trail.