Silver Lake Trail

Silver Lake BridgeBeginning in 2021 the City of Virginia plans to begin the reconstruction & renovation of the Silver Lake Walking Trail in order to allow safe multi-modal transportation between schools, parks, community recreation facilities and other community activity centers in Downtown Virginia.

Silver Lake is one of two lakes located in the center of the City of Virginia.  The Silver Lake Trail Improvement Project will focus on the southern portion of trail (adjacent to 2nd Street South) and the eastern portion of the trail (near 6th Avenue South).  Dangerous conditions around the southern and eastern portion of Silver Lake currently exist for non-motorized traffic.  Walkers, bikers, strollers, and other users of the Silver Lake trail must compete with motorized vehicles for use of the road.  Additionally, the trail leads down 2nd Street South, through the Department of Public Utilities work site.  This site is a dangerous location with numerous large truck traffic traversing this area daily.

To alleviate the mixing of motorized traffic and non-motorized traffic, the City has sought funds to reconstruct the existing trail adjacent to 2nd Street South, construct a floating bridge to cross over Silver Lake, and reconnect to the existing trail on 6th Avenue.  Reconstruction & creation of the Silver Lake Walking Trail and Bridge will allow safe multi-modal transportation between schools, parks, community recreation facilities, the downtown business district, governmental offices, clinics, dental offices and other city amenities.

The completion of the Silver Lake Trail will provide outdoor activities, within a city setting, that can be enjoyed by all residents and visitors.  These amenities will complement all of the outdoor attractions within the city including the park system, trail system, school playgrounds, picnic areas, ballfields, tennis courts, skating rinks and other fishing locations within the city.  The trail will also provide a non-motorized alternative to access a wide variety of locations within the city and will promote active, healthy living.

Funding for this project is being sought from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) as well as the Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation (DIRRR)