Project Overview

The City Parks and Recreation Department will engage community members to inform and develop a Plan for Summit Avenue that reviews the corridor from the Mississippi River to Downtown Saint Paul.  This Plan will evaluate opportunities, constraints, and feasibility of a regional trail facility within the corridor and will serve as a guide to future transportation, pedestrian, and parkway improvements.  

Funding for the Plan has been secured from the Parks and Trails Legacy Grant.

Approved Summit Avenue Regional Trail Plan Executive Summary

Project Update: 10/26/2023
The Metropolitan Council voted to approve the Summit Avenue Regional Trail Plan at the October 25, 2023 meeting. 

Project Update: 10/23/2023
The Summit Avenue Regional Trail Plan is on the Metropolitan Council's agenda for Wednesday, October 25th, 2023

Project Update: 10/04/2023
Earlier this year, a citizen petition was submitted requesting an environmental assessment worksheet on the potential impact of the Summit Avenue Regional Trail Plan on trees along the proposed trail route.

The Minnesota Environmental Quality Board (EQB) designated the City as the responsible governmental unit to review this citizen petition request.

As detailed in the letter [Letter to EQB], the City is able to effectively mitigate potential impacts on trees based upon the City’s past and current tree management practices as well as the tree management policies contained in the Summit Avenue Regional Trail Plan proposal [Ch.05 ‘Natural Resources and Stewardship Plan’].

For these reasons, the City has determined that an environmental assessment worksheet for the Summit Avenue Regional Trail Plan is not warranted at this juncture, and we have notified the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board that the petition request was denied. 

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Last Edited: November 1, 2023