Whitetail Woods Regional Park, Grand Opening September 27

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Dakota County's New Park - Cabins Included

Whitetail Woods Regional Park, a new 456-acre park in Dakota County, celebrates its grand opening on Saturday, September 27 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Visitors will be able to tour the park's recreational trails and southeast Commons that integrate picnic areas with accessible trails and nature play environments. Perched on an opening overlooking Empire Lake, the Commons serve as the trailhead for more than seven miles of hiking and skiing trails. Additional site features include a lit sledding hill, "dry creek" that handles surface runoff, and a water play area.  Park buildings include a picnic shelter, three camper cabins and a bathhouse. Local firm HGA Architects and Engineers worked with Dakota County to design the park which is considered Phase 1 of the Whitetail Woods Master Plan.

The three, 227-square-foot cabins are nestled into a dense stand of pine trees. Each features a 100-square-foot deck and a floor-to-ceiling glass window that frames the trees "like a work of art," says Steven Dwyer, architect, HGA. The highest cabin is elevated 14 fe