With the Minnesota River flooding more frequently, a city’s attempt to connect residents to the water through riverfront parks and trails has become increasingly messy and expensive.

With high water like the flooding this summer in Mankato dumps silt and driftwood on trails, campsites and recreational areas. Flood water can lead to damaged electrical hook-ups at RV sites, contaminated soccer fields, unsafe bike paths and washed out fencing in the city’s park.

Mankato City Manager, Pat Hentges.

City Manager Pat Hentges says he doesn’t have interest in abandoning the most flood-prone portions of the city’s park system.

The city in the past has created new parks and trails stretching the length of the city’s western side.

No cost estimates have been compiled for the clean-up from the most recent flooding.