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Community Feedback Sought on Potential Silver Lake Park Projects

Post Date:03/12/2019 5:37 PM

The dredging of Silver Lake is a significant operation and it was last completed about 25 years ago.  As such, the City of Rochester has identified additional improvements that can be done, during the dredging, which would benefit the community’s use of Silver Lake Park.  As a part of preparing for the project, community members are encouraged to attend an Open House, which will be held March 27, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Silver Lake Station (702 W Silver Lake Drive NE).  The Open House will provide an opportunity to learn more about the project and provide feedback to the project team.   

One potential enhancement is providing additional pedestrian improvements along North Broadway, via a pedestrian bridge to cross Silver Lake.  This would also include extending a trail along the north side of Silver Lake.  In addition, the existing dam is no longer needed and continues to require significant maintenance.   An option to modify the dam is also being considered.

The proposed projects are meant to increase pedestrian safety, provide needed park enhancements, improve environmental features, and provide alternative recreation opportunities.  All of these aspects are outlined in the Rochester Parks & Recreation System Plan, which was approved by the City in 2016.

Park and Forestry Division Head Mike Nigbur shares, “The various contemplated projects being discussed from dredging, the North Broadway pedestrian access, dam modification and the north shore trail all have the potential to greatly enhance this iconic park and advance the Park System Plan the community adopted in 2016.  We look forward to hearing what the community has to share about the proposals.”

Teammates from Public Works and Parks and Recreation will utilize the ideas and feedback gathered during the Open House and other forums to refine a proposal.  Additional engagement opportunities will be provided.  The proposal will then be presented to the City Council for consideration.

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