Sherburne County Public Works Department Is Seeking Input is On the Long-Term Vision of the County’s Parks and Recreation System
Sherburne County Public Works Department is in the process of developing a comprehensive system plan for park facilities, trails, and recreation programs. The plan will include input from residents, stakeholders, Sherburne County community leaders, peer system reviews, national metrics, and an evaluation of the current conditions of County parks, trails, and programs. The purpose of this plan is to establish a long-term vision that will guide the future of park operations, enhancements, development, and programming. The County is interested in learning what County residents and visitors feel that vision should include, how partnerships can occur, and how together we can create the best environment for our current and future residents.
Sherburne County is home to thousands of acres of unique recreational land, including County, City and Township Parks, wildlife management areas, scientific and natural areas and public trails. The Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge and the Sand Dunes State Forest are top destinations for nature-based recreation.
Sherburne County’s park system consists of four natural-resource based parks (Grams County Park, Island View County Park, Bridgeview County Park, and Oak Savanna County Park) and one future park (Big Elk Lake Regional Park), and one corridor trail (Great Northern Trail). The planning process for this report will run through December 2022, and will include several opportunities for community engagement. Right now, the County is interested in hearing about residents’ and visitors’ experiences in the park system, identifying where there are issues and concerns today, and understanding what desires they have for future investments.
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