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, is being developed with the community.
To view the draft of Master Plan, click the link below:
Central Greenway Regional Trail - 4/24/17 Draft
A new Master Plan for Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park is also in progress and can be viewed by clicking the link below:
Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park Master Plan

Please send any comments or questions to:

Learn more about the South Washington Watershed District stormwater project.

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