The new overpass for Hwy 13 and Hwy 101 is in full swing. I
completely understand the concerns for local businesses. Any business
that relies on the convenience of their location will surely be
impacted. This may even be in a negative way initially. However,
having spent many years fighting the logjam created at this
intersection and discovering that this intersection is considered the
18th most dangerous in the state, a change is greatly needed. I have
personally witnessed the many issues that can arise with motorists
suddenly shifting from highway/freeway speeds to full stops almost
immediately. This is why I am looking forward to the change and in
support of the project. Not only is it a safety a concern for
residents, I feel that it is important to change the struggle for
commuters to move smoothly from East to West or vice versa. Once
this is addressed and people understand the greater ease of travel in
our area, I believe that it will yield more of a positive impact for
the value of properties in the area and entice more travel to our
communities. It should really be a benefit to each of us in Shakopee,
Savage, Burnsville and Prior Lake. Even though I feel this is a very
good idea, I also realize that this will be a very tough situation for
a few of the local businesses and I truly wish the best for everyone
Part of me was disappointed when I learned that Three Rivers Park District has suspended plans for a summer ski slope, zip-line, high-ropes challenge course and other “gravity-driven, adrenaline-generating” activities in Hyland Lake Park Reserve. Bloomington is where I grew up and I know the Hyland’s Ski Area very well. I could really see where these new additions could be a great addition to attract more users and revenue for this great area of Bloomington. However, the common sense side of me realizes the inherent risk if the numbers do not pan out. It must be incredibly hard to make this analysis in the near-term economic uncertainty. I can also relate to the concerns of residents for increased traffic and noise since we are battling our own project in Savage.
I am happy that the Park District is still looking at the upgrades of the existing amenities. I have had many fond memories there, but also understand why there is a need to look at upgrades for the current users. I look forward to following the process over the next few months.
I believe that Savage is a wonderful community and is constantly looking at ways to improve what it can offer it’s residents. As a resident myself, I appreciate how the city is compelled to focus on the future offerings to improve its overall value and experience for its residents. As a potential new home buyer and resident, it is important to understand that the Savage community is growing and somewhat challenged to find the best alternatives for sports activities. It is imperative that the city gets very accurate information and accurate feedback from us, whether positive or negative. When you look at this proposed sports dome in Savage, something of this magnitude, the placement and the price tag is critical, especially in this challenging economy. In my opinion, this structure is a big challenge for a quaint city with limited geographical space to expand. I understand the value, but understand the concerns this large structure would carry. Also, there are cities outside of Savage with better land options that will, beyond a shadow of doubt, benefit from the use of such a facility. I understand that the city is moving the plan forward. Because of our small geography as a city, I would be disappointed if this was built in Savage. I, too, look forward to actively participating in ongoing discussions to see where this will lead.
There is a very fun annual event quickly approaching. It is The 14th Annual Subway Bedrace for Bridging at Buck Hill in Burnsville on March 3. I think that it is as much fun to watch as to participate. There are always creative costumes and designs for each team. Cities 97 will broadcast live at Buck Hill, followed by prizes, food and a live musical performance. In the years past, they’ve also had fireworks at the end of the night on the hill. What a great surprise and an awesome cause. I know that my daughters really enjoy the winter fun of skiing, snowboarding and tubing that Buck Hill offers. This year I may choose to leave the skis and boards at home, and register for a queen mattress with 3 others friends for a chance to compete and support local families transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. If you would like to learn more and see great pictures of the event, check out http://www.bridging.org/index.php/news-a-events/events/subway-bedrace.
I am always amazed at the high quality theatrical events that are found in the south and southwest Twin Cities metro area. There are many great high school performances throughout the year at a great value. Eagan High School ran Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat last year that was extremely successful and a great value. There is also the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, “Home of the Nutcracker Ballet South of the River”, and the Chanhassen Dinner Theater, which is now showing Hairspray that should be a highly entertaining show and a great idea for a date night.