Robert Piram Regional Trail

Robert Piram Regional Trail

(Formerly known as Harriet Island to South St. Paul Regional Trail)

Saint Paul and Dakota County have teamed up to plan for the creation of a new bicycle and pedestrian trail that will fill several important gaps in the region’s trail system. The new trail segment will connect the Harriet Island Regional Park and its trail system to Kaposia Landing Park in South St. Paul. The project will also make improvements to the connection between the Lilydale Park trail and the Big Rivers Trail in Dakota County. This trail connection project is part of the Great River Passage Master Plan where it was reviewed at multiple community input sessions. The trail alignment was selected, in part, to minimize the need for land acquisition to create the trail. The overall plans for the trail are included in the Harriet Island to South St. Paul Regional Trail Master Plan.

The City of Saint Paul and Dakota County were jointly awarded a Federal Surface Transportation Program (STP) grant that will provide for trail construction in 2017 following preliminary engineering and final design in 2016. The design and engineering will focus on providing an enjoyable, safe connection to other parts of the City and its southern neighbor South St. Paul. The trail development will include landscaping wayfinding signage, cultural/historical interpretive and public art elements.

The completed trail is expected to become part of the Mississippi River Trail, a multi-state bike trail that begins at the Mississippi River’s headwaters at Itasca State Park and extends, adjacent to the river, all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

Additional community input, suggestions and comments will be gathered at several open house events to be announced via this web site as well as through other media, mailings and the usual district council participation process. 

Please see below for links to project graphics and maps showing the trail alignment.

Project Manager Update 

September 1, 2016

Trail design and engineering has been ongoing and many of the major trail obstacles or issues have been either resolved or the options have been narrowed to a smaller set. Updated information on the proposed trail alignment and other proposed trail features will be displayed in an exhibit at the Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour on Sunday September 11th.  Once again, the design team is inviting public review and comments on the progress of the trail design. We will be collecting feedback and comments on the trail including opinions or suggestions on landscaping, site furnishings, trail wayfinding locations, interpretive elements, opportunities for public art, safety concerns and the overall trail experience. Please stop by and see the design progress. Look for the City of Saint Paul Parks Table at the start of the tour. 

April 28, 2016

The Public Open House was held on April  26th at the Wellstone Center. Public attendance was very low but a few comments and concerns were collected and will be used to continue the preliminary engineering. Comments and concerns can be submitted to the Project Manager, Don Varney.

On April 17 the Saint Paul City Council and Mayor Chris Coleman approved Council Resolution RES 16-3, officially re-naming the Harriet Island to South St. Paul Region Trail to the Robert Piram Regional Trail to honor Robert Piram for his many years of service to the City of Saint Paul including 26 years as the Superintendent of Parks.

April 14, 2016

The Public Open House has been Re-scheduled for Tuesday, April 26  5:00-7:00 pm. Wellstone Center 179 Robie St. E.  St Paul, MN 55107

April 1, 2016

The Public Open House (originally scheduled for April 14th) has been postponed and will be Re-scheduled. The new date for the Open House will be posted on this Web page and additional public meeting notice will be provided by other means.  

February, 2016

Preliminary engineering is underway and calls upon the expertise of a multi-disciplinary design team lead by TKDA and including Hoisington Koegler Group, HTPO land surveyors, Braun Intertec, geotechnical engineering, 106 Group-site-historic and interpretive opportunities and Seitu Jones-public artist. Detailed site information has been gathered and incorporated into a project base map that will be used to develop the precise alignment and details of the trail. The first public review / open house has been rescheduled for April 26th at the Wellstone Center ( see ‘Meetings’) where the public can participate in an open house design review and comment on the features of the proposed trail design. 

Public Meetings

Public Open House Community Review and Comment on the Trail Design Development.

  • Public Open House Community review and comment on the Trail Design Development:
    Tuesday April 26th 5:00-7:00 pm. Wellstone Center 179 Robie St. E.  St Paul, MN 55107

Project Resources