Two cyclists ride along a section of the Sauk Rail Trail.  This trail will eventually join up with the new Black Hawk Lake Trail that Lake View officials are campaigning for.
Two cyclists ride along a section of the Sauk Rail Trail. This trail will eventually join up with the new Black Hawk Lake Trail that Lake View officials are campaigning for.
July 24, 2013



The Lake View City Council is planning for the second of eight phases on a trail planned around Black Hawk Lake.

"We've been working on the concept of a trail around Black Hawk Lake for years," said Scott Peterson, Lake View city administrator.

In 2011 Lake View finished the first section of the planned trail - a half-mile stretch along Ice House Point. The city plans to eventually have a 7-mile trail, stretching around the entire lake.

The trail will also stretch about 3 blocks into downtown to connect with the Sauk Rail Trail.

Plans for Phase 2 will consist of 4-foot shoulder additions straddling Crescent Park Drive.

The existing section of the trail is a stand-alone, 10-foot-wide concrete path.

Original plans for the trail were designed in 2005. The city has been awarded several federal grants.

"We've been fortunate to get a lot of grant funding for it," Peterson said. "You sometimes have to wait years for your turn to come up in funding cycle."

Another challenge is persuading the homeowners already planted along the lake to allow potentially disrupting construction.

This Saturday at the 9 a.m. City Council meeting, city officials will meet with homeowners in the Phase 2 area to discuss problems, concerns and plans.

"There have been some concerns, mostly dealing with parking - especially guest parking on the road," Peterson said.

Peterson said he doesn't expect the council to vote yes or no at the upcoming meeting, but that it primarily will be an information-gathering session.