Update on Bassett Creek Regional Trail

This past week Crystal City Council voted on whether or not to give support to a Three Rivers Park District application, enabling them to receive money from Hennepin County to complete the Bassett Creek Regional Trail.
(You can watch the full meeting recording here. The part about Bassett Creek is toward the end.)

I think most of us on the council considered this a very difficult issue to vote on, because it could adversely effect those that live immediately adjacent the trail.  We received a lot of feedback from residents voicing their concerns and we took this very seriously. We also received letters from many citizens who are quite excited about the trail – but of course, we know it’s easy to be excited about a trail when it doesn’t cross your own front yard.

When it came down to making a decision, we found that to some extent the decision was already made for us.  A previous council had already made an agreement with Three Rivers Park district many years ago.  At the time the council desired to put in a pedestrian bridge across HWY 100, so they asked Three Rivers for the money. Three Rivers agreed, but only after the council signed an agreement that stated the city of Crystal would secure the easements necessary to complete the Bassett Creek trail.

On Tuesday Councilmember Jeff Kolb proposed the following Resolution with his own amendments (in red).  I added an amendment to the document as well.  After agreeing on the amendments, the resolution passed unanimously; Three Rivers will now submit their application for funds to Hennepin County.

Keep in mind, the process is not over. The council will have opportunities to review and approve plans for the trail before work begins.  For this reason I encourage constituents to continue to contact city council with your concerns and suggestions for how we can minimize any negative impact of this trail.

Thank you for your attention and continued feedback!

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A RESOLUTION OF SUPPORT FOR THREE RIVERS PARK DISTRICT APPLICATION TO THE HENNEPIN COUINTY 2015
BIKEWAY PARTICIPATION PROGRAM FOR THE BASSETT CREEK REGIONAL TRAIL

(New)
WHEREAS, Planning for the Bassett Creek Regional Train began in 1999; and

(New)
WHEREAS, the City of Crystal entered into an agreement with Three Rivers Park District (then known as Hennepin Parks)
in 2002 in which the City of Crystal received $159,942.50 for the funding of a pedestrian bridge over Highway 100; and

(New)
WHEREAS, in 2011 the Crystal City Council adopted a resolution approving the Bassett Creek Regional Trail Master Plan;
and

(Existing, no changes)
WHEREAS, the City of Crystal recognizes that Three Rivers Park District, the cities of Minneapolis, Golden Valley, Crystal,
New Hope and Plymouth and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Hennepin County and Minnesota Department of
Transportation have gathered significant public input in the development of the Master Plan for the Bassett Creek
Regional Trail corridor; and

(Existing, no changes)
WHEREAS, the City of Crystal recognizes that the Bassett Creek Regional Trail Master Plan is consistent with other
approved local and regional plans including the City of Crystal 2030 Comprehensive Plan; and

(Existing, no changes)
WHEREAS, the City of Crystal recognizes that Three Rivers Park District secured a 2011 Federal Transportation
Enhancement (TE) Program Grant in the amount of $1,030,000 to construct 2.8 miles of the Bassett Creek Regional Trail;
and

(Modified)
WHEREAS, the City of Crystal recognizes that all expenses incurred further establishing the acquisition, construction,
operation and maintenance of the Bassett Creek Regional Trail will be the responsibility of Three Rivers Park District; and

(New)
WHEREAS, Three Rivers Park District is funded in large part by the taxpayers of suburban Hennepin County, including
residents of Crystal.

(Modified)
BE IT RESOLVED that the Crystal City Council supports that Three Rivers Park District seek a Hennepin County 2015
Bikeway Participation Program gran to offset the local match fund requirements for the Federal grants already awarded
for the project, pursuant to the conditions and guidelines delineated by the Master Plan and Federal grants, and subject
to the following conditions:

(Existing, no changes)

1. For the segments along Nevada and 32nd Avenues, the final design must recognize and be sensitive to the
potential impacts on adjacent properties including residences; and
2. For the crossing of Douglas Drive at 32nd Avenue, the final design must include reasonable steps to facilitate safe
crossing by trail users.

(Added by Council Member Elizabeth Dahl)
3. To minimize negative impact and to encourage clear communication toward citizens who live or own property adjacent the trail, Three Rivers Park District will involve Crystal City Council and staff on the final design.

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