The City has 28 miles of paved trails and 58 miles of sidewalk throughout the community. Most trails are located within parks and along roadways. The City encourages the use of the trails for walking, biking, inline skating and other non-motorized forms of recreation.
Planning a walking or biking route in Savage has just gotten easier, thanks to a new trail guide that provides options at or near parks throughout the city.
The 24-page Savage Trail Guide suggests routes that range from less than a quarter of a mile to nearly 2 miles. Funded by a grant from the Carver-Scott Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP), the free guide is intended to help residents incorporate physical activity into their daily lives.
“The trail guide offers a variety of routes, so residents can plan walks and rides that match their schedules and fitness levels,” said Recreation Supervisor Chris Dill.
The free, pocket-sized booklet was designed so that it would be easy for residents to keep in their vehicle, stow in their bike’s storage pouch or carry in a backpack.
The Savage Trail Guide is available at Savage City Hall, 6000 McColl Drive, and the Parks and Recreation Office at the Public Works Building , 13770 Dakota Ave.
Download the Savage Trail Guide
The wood-chipped Trout Run Trail is one-half mile in length and provides one of the more natural routes available within the city limits. Carefully skirting a 75-acre wetland, it links existing sidewalks and trails to form a route that, if desired, could be followed into the neighboring cities of Shakopee and Prior Lake. The trail begins at 132nd Street and Highway 13 with a paved segment leading to stairs that descend the bluff. Constructed on property owned by the Department of Transportation and the Department of Natural Resources, the trail features a boulder wall and a boardwalk.
While Savage has an extensive system of hard-surface trails and sidewalks, the Trout Run segment is slightly unique. More passive in nature, the trail is an great alternative for people who want to get away from the higher use trails and have a more natural experience.
Trout Run Trail was constructed as part of the Trout Run Preserve Development on the northwest corner of County Road 16 and Highway 13. Developer Ron Clark Construction and Design paid for the trail through park dedication fees associated with Trout Run, while the City performed some of the work and coordinated the rest.
The following trails are either recently completed, under construction or planned for construction:
River bluff trail - Future - An agreement between the City of Savage and the DNR gives the City the right to one day route a trail through property purchased using money from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. The land is adjacent to the Savage Fen Wetland Complex, running along the bluff line between Quentin Avenue and the City Hall Campus. The segment would result in a trail extending from Burnsville to Shakopee, with another connection running south to both Murphy Hanrehan and Cleary Lake parks.
The community benefits in several ways when a tract of land is divided for development. Among these benefits is the attainment of property or dollars for park purposes – which ultimately results in a new park, new park features or enhancements to existing features.
By law, anyone seeking to subdivide their property must dedicate a portion of that land to the City for park purposes. The intent is to provide for the increased park demand expected to result from the increased density of the area. Should the City determine that the location of the property is not suitable for park uses, it can require that the developer provide cash payment in lieu of the land dedication. This money is put into the Park Fees Fund, which can be tapped later to create a new park elsewhere in the city, create a new trail segment or replace playground equipment – among other improvements.