Tricounty News

Rockville County Park grand opening Sept. 24

The public is invited to join in the grand opening celebration for Rockville County Park and Nature Preserve at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. The event will be held at the main parking area at the junction of Sauk River Road and Glacier Road. We are celebrating all of the work done this summer to add trails, bathrooms, an equestrian area, a group campsite, a bridge over the creek for snowmobiling, and interpretative signs. Come experience the newest addition to the Stearns County Park system. After the ceremony you may hike with naturalists, ride your horse through the park, go on a trail run, go geocaching, or fish.

Rockville County Park and Nature Preserve was established in 2007 because of the generous donation of environmental educators Linda and John Peck. Their gift of 194 acres was combined with a State DNR grant and Stearns County bond funds to create a 284 acre park. When combined with Rockville’s Eagle Park, the park protects 2.8 miles of Sauk River shoreline, prime bald eagle nesting habitat, as well as several important ecosystems. The park’s master plan balances natural resource preservation with abundant opportunities for recreation and continuing the long tradition of environmental education that was established by the Peck’s.

To get to the park, drive to Rockville, turn at the Gas and Bait onto County Road 139. Cross the Sauk River, then go straight on to Sauk River Road. Parking and other facilities are at the junction of Sauk River Road and Glacier Road. More information about the park can be found at www.co.stearns.mn.us/Recreation/CountyParks/RockvilleCountyPark.