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Rochester Park Board moves forward with Cascade Lakes project

 ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The long-awaited changes to Cascade Lakes and surrounding bike path may be completed as early as the end of the year. The Rochester Park Board met to discuss upgrades to the project at a department meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

According to Park and Forestry Division Head Mike Nigbur, visitors to Cascade Lakes could see berm construction on the east end of the lake and an upgrade to the bike path by the end of the year. The original master plan called for sand mining on the lakes to be completed in 2014, but the recession slowed progress by seven years.

Despite the delay in improvements to the lake, Nigbur said there's been an increase in foot traffic since the plans, like those to finish the bike path, have started to take shape in the past few years.

People have been asking for that for a long, long time,” said Nigbur. "With the overpass over Highway 14 and the lake completion over to the fire station around the rest of the lake, we're seeing more people out there using it."

The Park Board is also planning to develop the beach area and adjacent parking lot by the end of this year, but all the plans to complete the projects are contingent on available funds.

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