Construction underway on Minnehaha Creek trails

Trails showcase newly-restored creek
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD), in partnership with the City of St. Louis Park, has begun construction on a 1.3-mile boardwalk and trail system along Minnehaha Creek in St. Louis Park.  When complete, the pathways will provide access to a recently restored stretch of the creek between Louisiana Avenue and Meadowbrook Road.  

The MCWD recently completed a major restoration of the creek through this area that added curves to the straightened channel, improving water quality and wildlife habitat, reducing flooding risk and increasing green space.
                                                             
The MCWD is constructing the nearly half-mile long boardwalk, comprised of treated lumber on steel piers. It will take visitors through a restored wetland and bring visitors closer to the new creek channel. The City of St. Louis Park is constructing a paved trail for bicycles and pedestrians which will connect to the boardwalk and eventually link up with the Cedar Regional Bike Trail and the trail/boardwalk system at Methodist Hospital. The boardwalk is under construction currently, and the paved trail will be completed this summer once weather conditions allow.


 
The new boardwalk and trail also will include an educational viewing area, interpretive signage, locations for quiet reflection and access to one of two newly-constructed canoe landings.  This project is the latest phase of a restoration effort that will enhance community connectedness and re-establish Minnehaha Creek as a resource that provides cleaner water, improved recreational opportunities and additional parkland.

View a slideshow of construction photos here