Parks and Trails Master Plan

After waiting eight months since the City Council tabled discussion of maintenance needs at Forest Lake parks, members of the Park Board spent another 80 minutes with the topic in limbo at Monday’s City Council meeting. The council rewarded their patience by agreeing to fund $268,000 for a host of repairs, upgrades and additions to parks and trails.

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Most recommendations are years away from reality, and all require funding not yet secured, but a plan outlining additions and improvements to Forest Lake’s parks and trails system is nearing completion.

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Forest Lake’s park system is large, but are its amenities well-known to the community? What amount of trail linkage is needed, both in the city and on a regional level? Should the city put its resources into fully maintaining each park, or should it invest in a few signature ones? These and plenty more questions were on the table as members of the City Council, Planning Commission and Park Board met with city staff and landscape architects Feb. 18.

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