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

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. View the proposal

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. Continue Reading →

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StillwaterEats!: New Gateway Trail Food Truck’s Grand Opening is Saturday

The Gateway Trailside food trailer is having a grand opening party this weekend at Mile Marker 15 on the Gateway Trail in Grant. Tamra Hartman Johnson’s food trailer — parked on family property between Lansing Avenue and Highway 96 — offers trail users cold drinks and snacks, a menu ranging from hummus and crackers to burgers and brats, and apple fritters to homemade Italian gelato. Everything on the menu is priced at $5 or less. Take a look:

The Gateway Trailside is open Thursday-Sunday from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. //

Posted by Gateway Trailside on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

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Stillwater Officials Warn Brown’s Creek State Trail Users to Obey Stop Signs

The Brown’s Creek State Trail has been wildly popular since opening late last fall, but Stillwater officials are starting to see a few safety issues that are coming along with increased trail use. One concern is cyclists who aren’t stopping at traffic-control signals where the trail intersects with roadways. Another concern is a lack of trail etiquette. “We have had a number of very close calls and narrow misses of accidents with motorists and bicycles,” Stillwater Police Chief John Gannaway said. “It’s on the onus of the cyclists to obey the stop signs, especially at the five intersections along the trail. Continue Reading →

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Explore Washington County Parks for Free on June 6

You can enjoy Washington County Parks for free on Explore Your Parks Day. Washington County is waiving the vehicle fee to all county parks on Saturday, June 6. That means you can bike, hike, fish, run, swim, geocache, take in local wildlife and visit playgrounds for free. Here’s a list of events happening on Explore Your Parks Day:

Big Marine Park Reserve Picnic Shelter 3-4:15 p.m.: Turtle Trek and Tunnel Talk led by the Minnesota Herpetological Society and the Washington Conservation District; 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Campfire Program. Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park Fishing Pier 9 a.m.-noon: Fishing with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource; 1-2 p.m.: Pond Dipping for Micro Invertebrates. Continue Reading →

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