Welcome! Lakeview Legacy Park is now in its sixth year as a unique “Privately-Owned Public Space” (POPS) protected in perpetuity by a conservation easement.
Citizens for Lakeview Preservation, Inc. (CLP), owner of the easement, was organized in 2014 as a 501(c)(3) public charity to 1) protect natural, scenic, or open-space values of real property 2) make such property available for education and passive recreation and 3) obtain easements or other land use controls to achieve those purposes.
CLP raised $150,000 in 2015 to purchase the easement that defines use of the Park and preserves a bit of the ‘legacy’ of the former Lakeview Golf Course. For over 60 years the course offered the public an opportunity to enjoy golf in a picturesque setting of open vistas and natural beauty. Today the Park is complemented by a large adjoining pond and 62 acres of prairie conservation within the Lakeview residential community.
Following the easement purchase, CLP has raised nearly $100,000 to plant native trees, grasses, and special areas such as a lepidoptera habitat, a medicine wheel, and several interpretive perennial gardens. There are also trails, benches, fountains, and educational signs describing flora, fauna, and park history.
Funds have also been set aside to begin construction of a rustic cedar-beamed learning pavilion that will be used as a shelter from rain or sun, a gathering area for small meetings, nature talks or for visitors to socialize. To complete the pavilion CLP has launched a Learning Pavilion Stretch Goal of $20,000. The additional funds are to cover increased costs for materials, permitting and site preparation as well as plantings around the pavilion. Donors of $250 or more will be acknowledged on a plaque in the pavilion and there will be a dedication event to mark completion of the pavilion and the Park itself.
The opportunity to create a new park through private initiative does not happen often. If you would like to join this effort or add to an existing donation, download the attached form or use the PAYPAL link.
Mail the completed form and your check to
Citizens for Lakeview Preservation
PO Box 182
Spring Park, MN 55384
Citizens for Lakeview Preservation, Inc. is an IRS approved tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) public charity and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. You will receive a prompt acknowledgement of your donation for your tax records.
Donation Totals as of April 15, 2021
Conservation Easement Goal – Achieved October 15, 2015
Development Fund Goal – 98 % Achieved as of December 31, 2020
Total $248,220 received from 320 Donors as of April 15, 2020