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Walk the footpaths of the Hansen Dam Recreation Center

Hansen Dam Recreation Area in Lake View Terrace is a popular spot for swimming, horseback riding, golf and soccer. But it’s also a wide-open space laced with footpaths. Here’s a circular walk that will give you a good feel for the place without wearing you out. 1. Enter by turning southeast from...

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