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It would be unwise “ecologically, spiritually and economically” to introduce the asphalt, Hedlund said.
“The asphalt is a knife in my view through that park,” said Mike Stinson of Apple Valley. He suggested the park staff cut down rapidly spreading buckthorn, which is snuffing out the reseeding of new oak trees.
Other people predicted high-speed collisions with bikers using a paved trail. “We call this a trail, but a 10-foot trail is a road,” said one Eagan resident.
Maryann Passe of Eagan said Lebanon Hills now offers a Boundary-Waters-type experience 10 minutes from the Mall of America. The proposed master plan is “a strip mall of a plan,” she said. “Approving the plan is a turning point for the park.” She asked the board to respect the comments people have offered and reject the proposed master plan.
An evening open house on the master plan will be scheduled at a time yet to be announced in December.
Laurie Blake • 952-746-3287