Byllesby Park Master Planning

Goodhue County and Dakota County have hired a consultant, the Hoisington Koegler Group, Inc. (HKGi), to update the master plans for their County parks on both sides of Lake Byllesby.  This joint effort will create separate but coordinated master plans that will best utilize the park resources and will guide future development, management, restoration and enhancement of the park.  The Counties will be studying park opportunities, recreational needs of the area, park features and amenities, natural resources, interpretive opportunities, and park, trail, and river connections.  The master planning process began in July, 2016, and will take approximately one year.  There will be several opportunities for public participation during this process.

Why do we need an updated master plan?

  • In order to receive grant funding, the park or trail must meet the criteria of the Greater MN Regional Parks and Trails Commission (GMRPTC).  One of those criteria is that the park or trail must have a current master plan (10 years old or newer).
  • Goodhue County last completed a master plan for Byllesby Park in 1994. Updated master plans are needed to reflect changes that have occurred in the last 10-20 years and determine needs for future funding.
  • The master plan will include a long range (10-25 year) vision for the park and guide future decisions about park activities, amenities, and capital investment.

How can I be involved?

Several stakeholder meetings and two community open houses have been held to help gather community input regarding park ideas and concepts, the first in August of 2016 and most recently in March of 2017.  HKGi is currently working to develop the preferred concept for the park and prepare the master plan document.  The next opportunity for community input will be in the late summer or early fall of 2017, after the draft version of the master plan document has been prepared.  If you have any ideas or concerns regarding Byllesby Park, please contact Goodhue County Public Works.