Planning & Land Stewardship


The Central Greenway Regional Trail will eventually connect three regional parks: Cottage Grove Ravine, Lake Elmo Park, and Big Marine Park Reserve. A new Master Plan for the southern section of this trail, from Cottage Grove Ravine Park​ to Lake Elmo Park, has been developed with the community.
To view the Master Plan, click the link below:
Regional Trail Master Plan

An Amendment to the Master Plan for Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park is also in progress and can be viewed by clicking the link below:
Park Master Plan

Please send any comments or questions to:

To learn more about the South Washington Watershed District stormwater project visit:

Land Stewardship

The Natural Resource Coordinator oversees and implements land stewardship activities throughout the 4,100 acre park system.

Below is information on a list of current grants and projects. 

Outdoor Heritage Fund Grant 

Washington County received a $430,000 grant from the Outdoor Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature and recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC) to enhance and restore habitat at:
  • Lake Elmo Park Reserve, 141 acres of oak forest, wetland 
  • Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, 53 acres of oak forest  
  • St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park, 55 acres of oak and mesic forest
Brochure providing an overview of the project.

The most recent status update provided to LSOHC on 1/31/17. 

For more information, please email the Natural Resource Coordinator at