On Tuesday, July 10, Carver County held a ground breaking ceremony for phase two of the Dakota Rail Trail. The project includes constructing a 5.5-mile paved trail stretching from Mayer west to the Carver/McLeod County line near New Germany.
"The Dakota Rail Regional Trail passes through a variety of scenic areas including wetlands, wooded areas, and agricultural lands," said Carver County Board Chair James Ische. "The trail is a great amenity for residents and visitors to enjoy the landscape of western Carver County."
Construction activity is planned through the fall. At New Germany, a trailhead parking lot will be constructed with space for 34 vehicles. A kiosk and signage similar as compared to Mayer is to be built across the street and to the west of city hall.
The Dakota Rail Regional Trail is a 44-mile former railroad corridor in the counties of Hennepin, Carver, and McLeod.
In Carver County, the Dakota Rail Regional Trail is 12 miles in length extending from the east Carver/Hennepin county line near Lake Waconia to the Carver/McLeod county line near the City of New Germany. Phase 1 construction of the Dakota Rail Regional Trail in Carver County took place in 2010, constructing seven miles of paved trail from the Hennepin County Line east to Mayer. A portion of the trail in Hennepin County at the City of Wayzata to the City of St. Bonifacius was constructed in 2009.
Approved uses for the trail include walking/hiking, biking, jogging, dog walking and inline skating.