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A bridge connects the parking lot to a commons area at the new Whitetail Woods Regional Park in Empire Township. The first phase of the park is scheduled to open in September, with future phases already planned.

A park in the making

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Tucked away off a gravel stretch of 170th Street is the new Whitetail Woods Regional Park, a gem few know about, but many will want to discover.


The 456-acre regional park isn’t open to the public yet, but Dakota County officials promise it will be ready this fall. With its central location in Empire Township, Whitetail Woods promises to provide a multitude of recreation opportunities to residents of Empire, Farmington and Rosemount.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and is the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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