This petition will be used to voice your objection to the proposed development plan for Lebanon Hills Regional park, including the addition of paved trails through the interior of the park.
By signing this petition, you will be helping preserve and protect this valuable natural resource for generations to come.
Lebanon Hills currently offers natural trails, woodlands, prairies, lakes and wetlands for year-round nature based recreation and educational programs. The park is "a significant natural resource in Dakota County because it is the last remaining large habitats of this type in northern Dakota County...elevated in importance each time development takes place in the surrounding area." (Minnesota DNR, 1994)
PROPOSED PLAN: Dakota County Commissioners and Parks Department are proposing to incorporate Lebanon Hills as a hub for multiple paved regional trails as part of their 200-mile greenway corridor plan. These year-round paved recreational trails will be 10-12' wide with 2-3' mowed buffers on either side, through the interior of the park.Lebanon Hills Connector Trail: 6.5 miles; east-west through the interior of the park; replacing existing woodlands and prairies; developed along wetlands, ponds and lakes, including the entire north side of Jensen Lake. Vermillion Highlands Greenway Trail: 1 mile; north-south inside the eastern edge of the park from Cliff Road to 120th street, parallel to Dodd Road. Additional Regional Trails: Mendota-Lebanon Hills Greenway, the North Creek Greenway and the Rosemount Regional Greenway potentially will connect within the park.
Additional development concepts include: paved trails around Holland and McDonough lakes; expansion of parking at Jensen Lake to nearly double its current capacity; new amphitheatre; camper cabins;...and more.
The proposed development would significantly change the unique character of the park, and will set the precedent for future development in the future.
Protecting the natural character of Lebanon Hills has been a priority of citizens for decades. Signers of this petition feel the proposed development plan would be a loss for Dakota County and surrounding communities. The plan should reflect major emphasis on ecological stewardship and minimal development for generations to come.
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