Dakota County Board pays visit to Lebanon Hills Regional Park for trail-paving debate

  • Article by: Laurie Blake , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 14, 2013 - 2:15 PM

Commissioners weigh whether to pave a trail or keep park all natural.

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ScottDJSep. 15, 13 1:59 PM

"The commissioners had no comments on their own views, and referred to the planning commission." Exactly. The view of most citizens who pay their salaries... is DO NOT pave the park. We want to keep it as grass or dirt hiking trails. We DO NOT want a paved trail through it. We already have paved trails that run alongside the park courtesy of the cities around it. Yes it is unusual to not see paved trails everywhere in a large park. That is exactly why most people like this park. Knock Knock people... common sense is at the door.

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maskvgSep. 15, 13 7:18 PM

I agree with ScottDJ. The most important thing to the residents of Dakota County is conservation. There are many parks in Dakota County with paved trails. Lebanon Hills is a special, unique and beautiful treasure, in part, because it does not have many paved trails. You can experience the wilderness without a long drive up north. It's hard to understand why our tax dollars would be used to pave this beautiful wilderness area!

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yashinSep. 15, 13 8:16 PM

Lebanon Hills Regional Park (LHRP) is a gem that is best left alone. In support of paved trails in LHRP, Steve Sullivan indicated that LHRP was the only park in Dakota County without paved trails. Based on this apparent fact, my conclusion is that People looking for paved trails in regional parks have a lot of options, but, those looking for a less urban experience only have LHRP. It would make more sense to leave LHRP unpaved so that this experience is available to the residents of Dakota County. Paved trail enthusiasts have many regional park options. The money that would be used to pave this 10-12ft wide trail would be better spent attacking the buckthorn, other invasive species and improving the unpaved trail system as the article suggests.

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