Livonia Township, Minnesota

 

Livonia Township Parks and Trails

Sugarbush Preserve is Livonia Township's own park, located in the southwest corner of the Township. This 38 acre parcel was acquired by Livonia Township with the generous help and financial support of Trust for Public Lands, MNDNR, Waste Management and others including donations from the residents of the Township and local businesses.

This very special Preserve is the last remaining undisturbed ecosystem of sugar maple, basswood, red oak and American elm in Sherburne County. The Preserve also has several wetlands and a beautiful understory of ferns.

There are 2 trails - the rock chip trail of about 1/2 mile, and the adjoining outer loop natural trail of a little more than 1/2 mile.

Livonia Township purchased an additional 50.48 acre parcel of land from a long time Livonia Township family who wanted the family farm to be purchased as a park for the preservation of the natural features and for the enjoyment of Livonia residents. The land was funded entirely with Park Dedication Fees, these are funds from new developments that must be used for park acquisition or improvement.

This parcel is just north of the original Sugarbush Preserve on 239th Ave. Goals for this addition include native prairie, which was planted in 2016, a parking lot (under construction), trails through the prairie, upland woods and willow wetland, and a picnic shelter. A trail crossing will be installed between the two parcels when the 239th Ave construction project is complete. Also, the Park Board is exploring a connection to the Great Northern Trail.

Sugarbush Preserve is a nature preserve, please be respectful during your visit. Please enjoy the preserve during daylight hours. NO HUNTING is allowed.

 

Directions to Sugarbush Preserve

From Zimmerman: Travel south on HWY 169 for approximately 3 miles. Turn right onto 239th Ave, travel for approximately 1.5 miles (239th Ave. is a windy road). Turn left on 128th Street, then in 1/4 mile turn right onto 232nd Ave. Park in the cul-de-sac. The entrance to the park is at the end of the cul-de-sac by the Sugarbush Preserve sign.