Connect the Park
About Connect the Park!
Connect the Park! is the city's 10-year plan to add additional sidewalks, trails, bike lanes and bikeways throughout the community. The City Council approved the Connect the Park! Pedestrian and Bicycle System Implementation Plan on June 17, 2013.
As part of Vision St. Louis Park in 2007, the city worked with community members to create an Active Living Sidewalks and Trails plan. The Connect the Park! initiative will work toward implementing many of the elements of the plan over the next 10 years. The estimated cost for the plan is $24 million.
- Develop an interconnected network of pedestrian and bicycle routes throughout the city and linked to transit systems, providing options to automobile dependence.
- Establish a citywide grid-system of sidewalks approximately every ¼-mile
- Establish a citywide grid-system of bicycle facilities approximately every ½-mile
- Close gaps in neighborhoods’ existing sidewalk networks
- Anticipate increases in the use of mass transit, including the possibility of a much improved multi-modal system comprising buses, light rail, heavy commuter rail, local circulators, etc.
- Establish safe crossings of highways, arterial roads and rail corridors using innovative traffic calming strategies, improved traffic control systems, grade separations, etc.
- Develop safe links to schools, commercial hubs, employment centers, institutions and transit facilities.
- Develop recreational pathways that link neighborhoods to parks and natural areas, providing opportunities to improve the health and well-being of community residents and workers.
- Make connections to regional and recreational trails to link St. Louis Park to larger metropolitan open space systems and destinations.
- Provide safe and easily accessible routes for residents and workers in the community, including children, seniors and the disabled.
- Provide for walks along high traffic pedestrian and street use areas.
- Create a cohesive, well-designed system that includes a coordinated approach for signs and orientation, standard designs for street crossings and additional "user-friendly" amenities such as rest areas, information kiosks and upgraded landscaping.
- Incorporate strategies for funding, maintenance and snow removal into the overall plan.
- Develop a Capital Improvement Plan based on priorities, needs and available resources.
- Focus on key destinations: segments that serve multiple community gathering centers in the community (schools, parks, transit stops, commercial nodes) rate higher.
- Focus on Transportation: routes that provide north-south connections through the community, into adjacent communities, and to key transit stops rate higher.
- Focus on Bicycling and Walking: the ultimate goal is to provide a quarter-mile “city” grid of sidewalks and half-mile grid of bike routes. Improvements that fill gaps in the city pedestrian and bicycle networks, improve safety at certain intersections, and provide crossings (bridges or tunnels) of major railroad and highway barriers rate higher.
|Jack Sullivan, Senior Engineering Project Manageremail@example.com|