Public Hearing Set for Proposed Mountain Biking Trail in Oak Park Heights

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The Oak Park Heights Parks Commission is holding a public hearing tonight for a revised proposal of a mountain biking trail at Valley View Park.

The nonprofit group Stillwater Area Scholastic Cycling Advocates (SASCA) are proposing 2.5 miles of single-track mountain biking trails at Valley View Park in support of the Stillwater Area High School Mountain Biking Team.

The public hearing will be held on Monday, May 16 at 6 p.m. at Oak Park Heights City Hall.

The trail, located about 3 miles from the high school, would be designed primarily for mountain bikers, walkers, hikers and runners, according to city documents. The trail may also be used for fat tire snow biking and snowshoeing in the winter.

If the proposal is approved, SASCA plans to use an all-volunteer workforce to build and maintain the trails.

“This partnership will result in no required cost to the city,” the proposal reads. “Requests to utilize city equipment capital may be requested and is noted in the proposal.”

Plans for mountain biking trails in Valley View Park came about after the proposed trail at Browns Creek Park Reserve in Stillwater fell through due to concerns about wetlands in and around the Browns Creek State Trail.

Oak Park Heights City Administrator Eric Johnson contacted the group about the possibility of building a trail at Valley View Park.

If the proposal is approved, SASCA would break ground on the trails early this summer, and hope to have about half of the trails ready for mountain biking by September.

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Mountain Biking Trail Proposal – Updated for 2.5 Miles – April 2016 – Valley View Park by StillwaterCurrent