The city of Prior Lake is a growing: its population has doubled over the last 20 years. As the city expands, so does the pressure to develop remaining open space. When development from new highway construction threatened Pike Lake, a haven for wildlife, the city asked The Trust for Public Land for help. We worked with the city, Prior Lake-Spring Lake Watershed District, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and others to protect 48 acres of woods and grasslands along the lake's shoreline. Protecting this area preserves habitat, protects water quality, and ensures recreational access. The city hopes that eventually all of the land around Pike Lake can be protected as a city park and trail.
Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).