Marty Larson and I made a brief presentation to the Northfield Park and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) last night. They seemed to like our plan to create river bottoms mountain bike trail in Sechler Park, and seemed open to exploring the possibility of a trail in Roosevelt Park and Roosevelt Ridge Park. They also wondered if Odd Fellows Park, site of a new dog park, might be a park that could accommodate both a trail and a bike park/pump track.
We were asked send a formal letter of request to the Parks staff requesting a formal agreement between CROCT and the City, starting with permission to work on a trail in Sechler Park this spring. Staff will take that request to their weekly staff Development Review Committee (DRC) meeting and then put it into an upcoming City Council meeting packet, hopefully with a recommendation that the Council direct the PRAB and the staff to work with CROCT on implementation.
Here are links to some of the maps and resources we used in our presentation:
- Roosevelt Park / Roosevelt Ridge Park map (Possible future connection with YMCA/Char Carlson Park)
- City of Northfield map of Roosevelt Park (2007 Parks Master Plan, Appendix A) “In addition to the active use area, an extensive linear wooded area left in its natural state provides a nice buffer and opportunity for additional trail connections.”
- Beacon map, Roosevelt Ridge Park
- City of Northfield map of Hauberg Woods (2007 Parks Master Plan, Appendix A)
- Dakota County Property map (Hauberg Woods Parcel ID 16-02500-04-020)
- Hauberg Woods Natural Resources Management Plan-Final (see page 10)
Small pump tracks and skills parks
- Small neighborhood pump track, Ventura Park, Portland, Oregon (article); video of kids riding it here
- Small skills park in Ocala, Florida
Northfield Parks Resources