Savage and Burnsville connect for trail connection
On Friday, Sept. 20, Savage Mayor Janet Williams and Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz enjoyed a leisurely walk together between their two communities.
Starting along a recently completed section of sidewalk on Williams Drive in Savage, the two Mayors walked into Burnsville and onto the new “Rose Bluff” segment of the future Lake Marion Greenway Regional Trail.
This new 0.5-mile trail segment is accessible to residents of both Savage and Burnsville as the result of a partnership between the two cities to provide better connectivity.
“This short stretch of sidewalk between the Rose Hill neighborhood in Savage and the Rose Bluff development in Burnsville now provides a seamless trail connection that runs all the way to Rudy L. Kraemer Nature Preserve in Burnsville,” stated Mayor Kautz.
The Rose Bluff segment is just a small piece of the greater planned Lake Marion Greenway Regional Trail, which will one day run 20 miles through Burnsville, Savage, Credit River Township, Lakeville and Farmington. Once complete, trail enthusiasts will be able walk, bike or run from the Minnesota River, to the Murphy Hanrehan Park Reserve, all the way through to the trailhead at Rambling River Park in Farmington.
“This is just one example of how two cities, in two different counties, can successfully work together on efforts that are mutually beneficial,” said Mayor Williams. “To me, it just made sense to eliminate this gap in the trail and extend access throughout both of our communities.”
The City of Burnsville is working on the second phase of this trail project, with trail from Sunset Park to Kelleher Park. The Cities of Burnsville and Savage will work together to complete the trail segment south of Kelleher Park to continue the trail connection all the way the Murphy Hanrehan Park. This work is expected to be completed in 2020.