Washington County buys land to add to St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park

St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park is getting bigger and adding 1,200 feet of shoreline along the St. Croix River.

The Washington County Board on Tuesday voted to spend $2.95 million from the county’s Land and Water Legacy Program funds to purchase 102 acres north of the 579-acre park in Denmark Township. The county will request reimbursement from the Metropolitan Council for 75 percent of the acquisition cost.

The property is owned by The Rowe Trust, which initiated the purchase, she said.

“We are very excited to be obtaining this property,” said Parks Director Sandy Breuer said, noting that the purchase nearly completes the county’s acquisition of parkland in the park.

Plans for the new acquisition include: future trails, shelter, beach and group campground, she said.

The county purchased the former Ceridian Employees Recreation Foundation property in 1996.

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