Lake Elmo Park Reserve to get facelift

Parts of the Lake Elmo Park Reserve will close in early September for campground updates, an electrical system replacement and trail regrading. The project is expected to be complete by spring.

S.M. Hentges & Sons, Inc., is leading the park improvements, set to begin the week of  Sept. 1. It comes after the Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a $1.7 million contract with the company on Aug. 20. The money comes from state sales tax, a Metropolitan Council grant and county bond sale proceeds, said project engineer Eden Rogers.

 

What’s new?

Planned changes to the park, located at 1515 Keats Ave. N., include easier access to its west side, replacement of water lines throughout the campground and upgrades to electrical fixtures in the restrooms. 

The 4-mile Eagle Point Trail on the west side of the reserve, used for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing, will be regraded in light of drainage issues at several points along the trail. A boardwalk bridge will be placed across Eagle Point Lake for easier access to the trail.

In other trail terms, the paved bike trail next to the main park road can become flooded. It’s an issue project managers will address, the City of Lake Elmo said in a press release.

A 20-space parking lot will be added off Inwood Avenue on the west side of the park. The city said the lot should increase safety along that street. Vehicle permits will be required to park there.

 

The ins and outs

“The modern campground’s electrical system has become costly and inefficient, and requires constant maintenance,” the city said.

The project will replace the campground’s electrical system, upgrading more than 50 camp spots with 50-amp hook-ups and some 20 spots with 30-amp hook-ups. The aim is to eliminate power shortages at the campground, the city said. 

Water line replacements are also part of the upgrade — 58 water hook-ups will be added around the campground.

The city said construction at the reserve will start on Eagle Point Trail and the west side Sept. 3. The park’s modern campground will close Sept. 9 for construction. 

 

—Amy Felegy

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