Rochester Active Sports Club (RASC) is a nonprofit club based in Rochester Minnesota, designed to promote nordic skiing, mountain biking and road biking in SE Minnesota.
  • 06 Jul 2022 11:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    plans are to explore more of the valley this evening, and get some photos for the web page.

Spring Brook Valley

Goal - Develop over 160 acres as a Public Natural Area

for walking, trail running, hiking, biking, snow shoeing, and cross-country skiing.


The city plans to develop a paved bike trail along 18th avenue. This park would then act as a multi-use trail connection from 18th Ave SW to Commercial Drive SW.


Main trailhead would be located on east side of park, with maps and signage · parking area · bathroom facilities · water bottle refill station · pavilion with gas fire pit · bike wash



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Spring Brook Valley

Spring Brook Valley is a new public natural area (“park”) in southwest Rochester, surrounded by residential subdivisions. The park is currently a concept and will come to fruition as a result of efforts to obtain approximately 93 acres of private property, which is situated contiguous with approximately 50 acres of city-owned property and 23 acres of community property owned by the Barony Woods Subdivision Home Owner’s Association (highlighted green).

The intent is to make Spring Brook Valley a new, free, public park for the use and enjoyment of the people and communities of Rochester and its visitors, which preserves natural habitat and will protect, restore, and enhance the natural environment.

The vision for the completed park is ambitious and can only be realized with both public and private funding and through the volunteer activities of The Rochester Active Sports Club (RASC) and Friends of Spring Brook Valley Park.

The proposed park is heavily wooded on the west side with a drop of over 100 feet from west to east. Access would be from the east side where space is available for parking. There will be pedestrian and bike access from 18th avenue, and multiple trail access points from the surrounding residential subdivisions. Defining features include a new network of trails for walking, trail running, hiking, biking, snow shoeing, and cross-country skiing.

Conceptual park improvements at the east side include a trailhead with maps and signage, parking area, bathroom facilities, water bottle refill station, a pavilion with gas fire pit, a bike wash, and a multi-use trail connection through the park from 18th Ave SW to Commercial Drive SW.

The map above shows the planned layout of facilities at the east side of the park. Below shows the planned facilities in more detail.  

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