Stay involved with our Hyland projects

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It’s hard to think about hitting the slopes during the dog days of August, but Three Rivers is now moving forward with two major projects at our Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area (HSSA) in Bloomington. One is the long-awaited replacement of our antiquated Hyland Chalet, where we’re also expanding our woefully inadequate parking. These improvements will take place over the next couple of years, and we welcome your input as planning proceeds. As detailed below, open houses are scheduled beginning next week, and there are plenty of other ongoing opportunities to stay involved.

The second major project at HSSA is development of snowmaking capability on five kilometers of lighted cross-country ski trail to offer a longer, more stable Nordic ski season. High demand at our Elm Creek facility in Maple Grove prompted this expansion for skiers we serve in the southern metro area, and we plan to be open in time for winter break later this year. With construction now beginning, some Hyland facilities will be affected this summer and fall, so be sure to check out the details below. Construction is inevitably disruptive, but we hope the new facilities are well worth the wait!

Our initial Chalet plans include far better internal circulation for the equipment rental, food service and group meeting choreographies that characterize the weekly activities at Hyland, which trains 37,000 skiers every year. And as a fiscally conservative public official, I'm pleased that these long-needed improvements to our fee-supported facility will not require any new tax dollars for the $14.15 million project budget we established.

Please be sure to check out these preliminary plans at the two open houses we scheduled to invite public input into the Hyland Chalet design process. To view and comment on the latest design and review the anticipated project schedule, you can attend either open house at the existing HSSA Chalet, 8800 Chalet Road, Bloomington. Both run from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, and are scheduled for Tuesday, August 13th, and Monday, August 19th.

Written comments can be submitted to: HSSA Re-Development Project, 3000 Xenium Lane North, Plymouth, MN 55441 or feedback@threeriversparkdistrict.org.

Three Rivers has also developed a webpage specifically for this redevelopment project: HSSAreDevelopment.com  This page will provide updates and information on key milestones as the project progresses. The webpage is in a blog format, which provides an open forum for the public to make ongoing comments as planning proceeds. You can also “follow” this page to receive e-mail updates when new posts are made, so please be sure to take advantage of this new feature.

Finally, you can always contact our project manager, Michael Horn, at 763.559.6760 if you have any questions about this important project.

 

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Our other major Hyland project involves development of a five-kilometer cross country ski trail loop, which will utilize existing trails and service roads to minimize impacts on the park’s natural resources. It's designed to provide rolling terrain with varying levels of difficulty for a wide range of skiers. The lighting system will allow light to be aimed more precisely and efficiently, while consuming far less energy than typical fixtures. The Hyland Visitor Center will continue to provide trailhead facilities, including restrooms, concessions and ski equipment rentals.

A pump house for the snow making equipment will be built near the boat rental building, and pipes and electrical lines will be installed for the snowmaking operation and trail lights. When complete, the 5K trail will be a loop that begins near the Hyland Visitor Center, traveling northeast to the edge of Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area.

With construction now underway, boat rentals will be unavailable and the boat launch to Hyland Lake will remain closed for the rest of this season. Other closures include a portion of the general picnic area behind the Hyland Visitor Center, the Edgewood and Woodcrest picnic areas, a portion of the east side of the Edgewood parking lot, and several turf trails.

While the north loop paved trail generally will remain open, there will be intermittent closures along the trail, including the 94th Street entrance. Watch for signs posted on the trail about possible closures. The Hyland Play Area, Visitor Center, the general picnic area south of the boat launch, the Sunnyside and Islandview picnic areas, Sumac Group Camp and the outdoor gym will remain open during construction. Be sure to check our website for more details on construction-related closures.

 

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John Gunyou
Three Rivers Parks Board Chair