Upon completion of extensive negotiations with Lennar, the city is fulfilling a fifty-year plan to preserve the forests and wetlands located between Lake Ann and Lake Lucy. A concept park plan developed in 2018 includes natural resource preservation and trails throughout the park. It is based on the goals and findings of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and the City’s Park System Plan.
The key principles for the use of this property are:
Continue trails around Lake Ann to allow for an eventual loop
Preserve the land as a valued natural area in Chanhassen
Connect residents with nature, trails, and parks
Protect the ecological functioning (habitat, water quality, etc.) of the site
Celebrate Lake Ann, Lake Lucy, and this property as community amenities
On June 10, 2019, the City Council commissioned a Feasibility Study for Trail Concepts and Natural Resource Inventory and hired the consulting firm HKGi to lead these planning efforts. The Chanhassen Park and Recreation Commission will be guiding the study with a public comment period as the first step. The City of Chanhassen sought public input throughout the month of August 2019 via a survey about how best to access, preserve, and enjoy the newly acquired 100-acre park preserve located northwest of Lake Ann.
There were 523 responses gathered, both online and in-person. Responses were varied and passionate, with an emphasis on stopping invasive species, creating a high quality natural area, and excitement about getting the chance to spend some time in the new parkland.