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City is looking for a trail connection

Cottage Grove trails have been used more often by residents in recent years. City officials want to continue that trend, and as a result have developed a comprehensive plan for the future of the city's trails. A comprehensive plan regarding the t...

Cottage Grove trails have been used more often by residents in recent years.

City officials want to continue that trend, and as a result have developed a comprehensive plan for the future of the city's trails.

A comprehensive plan regarding the trail system throughout Cottage Grove was presented at the June 15 City Council meeting.

The plan included short-term and long-term goals, along with specific projects that are under way and planned for the future.

Eventually the city would like to create a trailway that connects all parts of the city, according to Senior Planner John Burbank.

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"We have a coordinated effort with the East Ravine plans to develop a new plan for our trails," Burbank said. "This will be a plan that will be safe, convenient, attractive and aesthetically pleasing."

The plan includes many neighborhood links through old and new developments throughout the city. The overall goal is to complete "loops of major trailways" including Oakwood Park trail and the Cottage Grove Trailway Corridor.

Burbank presented new standards for the trails that would include paved, as well as natural, trails that would promote safety and usability. Another major goal of the plan is to preserve the natural ambiance of the trail lands, incorporating "rolling trails" as opposed to straight, flat sidewalks.

"We also want to make the trails multigenerational, not just for kid use," Burbank said. "As development creeps out, we will have many links to parks and open spaces, too."

The city would also like to add informational and directional signage to the trail system to encourage more use of the trails.

The plan is available for public comment at the Community Development building at City Hall.

"It is amazing what the trail system is developing into compared to a few years ago," said Mayor Sandy Shiely. "People are really using it."

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