Upgrades are planned for St. Paul’s Lilydale Regional Park, which is excellent news for local bikers. Beyond providing a scenic connection between downtown and the Big Rivers Trail, it’s been the site of popular time trial events over the years.
Per the MinnPost, a number of improvements are planned. Those that will best impact cyclists include:
- A creek along the Water Street roadside, intended to capture runoff from the bluffs and address the near-constant standing water/ice on the roadway.
- Three ‘resting spots’ along the River – which will be great as safe ‘pull-off’ areas for those with flats or other mechanicals.
- Eventual picnic shelters and restrooms
- Butterfly garden and native plant restorations
These projects will be raising funds and getting started soon.