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?


HKGi is has been working to develop the draft master plan document.  This document will be available and comments will be accepted through the end of October.

Review the draft master plan document online and provide comments:


Click here to see the draft Goodhue County Byllesby Park Master Plan
Click here to provide comments regarding the document

Attend the Open House:


A community open house will be held on October 11th from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at:

Cannon Falls City Hall
City Council Chambers
918 River Road
Cannon Falls, MN 55009

Attendees will be able to review and provide comments on the draft master plan documents.  Click here to see the open house flyer