South metro news briefs: Litter becomes problem in Burnsville parks

  • Updated: August 27, 2013 - 2:13 PM

jordan shows proposed park The city of Jordan has posted images online of a proposed new Veterans Park in town. Veterans in the area have worked on the design with city staff. The city plans to make it possible for donors to contribute online. In the meantime, questions about the project can be directed to city planner Corrin Wendell, 952-492-2535 or

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Litter becomes problem in parks

Worried about the effect of “old pop bottles, wrappers and other trash” littering Burnsville’s 76 parks and public gathering places, the city is urging volunteers to help jump in and clean them up.

The city’s Adopt a Park program has 40 groups already, helping clean up not only parks but lakes and ponds. But it could use some more.

Volunteers can help the city save money on the seasonal workers who pick up trash, and make sure the community is succeeding on a mission it says it now “cannot keep up with.”

Residents, community groups, churches or businesses can volunteer in the Adopt a Park program, which is a three-year commitment. Volunteers pick a park and pick up litter once a month in May and September, and twice in June, July and August.

The city provides trash bags and safety information, and it removes filled bags from park entrances. A sign recognizes the organization’s work.

For more information, call 952-895-4550 or visit

Bike path near river closed until spring

It isn’t just the roadways being disrupted in Burnsville. It’s also the bike paths.

Work on transmission lines near the Black Dog power plant along the Minnesota River has forced the closing until next spring of a city bike trail.

The trail being closed until March is located on the east side of Interstate 35W from Black Dog Road to the Cliff Road interchange.

For information on other options by way of parks and trails, the city recommends a visit to

The work is close to where a major ramp off 35W to Hwy. 13 has also been closed, though for differing reasons.


New bike trail map is first since 2001

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has published an updated edition of the state’s bicycle map, the first since 2001.

In a paper or electronic format, the free map sketches out bicycle accommodations across the state, making it easier for cyclists to plan long-distance bicycle trips.

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