Scott County partnership

scott.jpgA host of officials recently celebrated another product of the Scott County partnership that resulted in a new trail segment at Spring Lake Regional Park and infrastructure for water quality improvements at nearby Arctic Lake in the city of Prior Lake. The project completed a trail loop, added a neighborhood trail connection and installed an iron-enhanced sand filter to remove algae-causing phosphorus before it can enter the lake. Our many partners included Scott County, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, the Prior Lake/Spring Lake Watershed District, and the City of Prior Lake.

We also celebrated improvements at Cleary Lake Regional Park, which Three Rivers jointly manages with Scott County. We cooperate on projects like this, because it makes a lot of sense. We opened this park 30 years ago, and as you can imagine, our facilities were showing their age. By working together, we were able to share our staff expertise and funding to benefit the park users and taxpayers we both serve. In fact, we coordinate our planning, programs, maintenance and public safety services at parks and on trails throughout Scott County, including Murphy-Hanrehan, Spring Lake and Cedar Lake Farm. This partnership is a great example of how government is supposed to work!

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John Gunyou
Three Rivers Parks Board Chair