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Arden Park Restoration


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 The winter phase of construction for the Arden Park restoration project, which included all demolition and instream work, has been finished ahead of schedule. This work included remeandering Minnehaha Creek, rebuilding the streambank, and installing woody material and stone in the creek to create habitat. Through the rest of March, crews will be prepping for bridge and boardwalk construction, which will occur later in the spring.

Crews will be pausing work during the month of April for the spring thaw. The construction contractor will be monitoring creek flow through the park during the thaw and will be responsive to any flooding issues. The work completed instream was built to be resilient to high creek flows.

Construction will resume in early May and will include installing utilities and stormwater management features, constructing trails and park facilities, and planting vegetation. 

For safety reasons, the park will remain closed until the project is completed later this fall. Park conditions are not safe for visitors, and access to the park is strictly forbidden, even during the pause in construction. Playgrounds can be found at most city parks, including Garden, Highlands, Pamela, Todd, and Wooddale.


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About this project: 

Remeandering Minnehaha Creek at Arden ParkThe City of Edina and Minnehaha Creek Watershed District are partnering to improve the creek, habitat and the public use experience in Arden Park. The project design is based on the concept plan that was developed with community input over the course of 2017 and refined with additional feedback throughout 2018. The Arden Park project combines park improvements with natural resource improvements within the Minnehaha Creek corridor, including more access to Minnehaha Creek for fishing and recreation, a drier green space, stormwater management, and an upgraded playground and park shelter building.

Project outcomes

  • Improved water quality – the stormwater management features of this project will keep 30 lbs of phosphorus out of Minnehaha Creek per year
  • Restored stream health and habitat – removing the 54th Street dam and remeandering Minnehaha Creek will restore over 2,100 feet of streambank and add 230 feet of stream length
  • 400+ new trees
  • Buckthorn and ash tree removal
  • Expanded pollinator habitat
  • New park shelter and playground
  • Upgraded hockey rink
  • Expanded trails and new boardwalk

Concept Plan

Arden Park Concept Plan

Timeline (subject to change) 

Dec - Jan 2018: Tree removal and demolition of park shelter, pedestrian bridge, and dam

Jan - Mar 2019: Remeandering Minnehaha Creek

May - Jun 2019: Trail and park facilities construction, installing utilities and stormwater management features, landscaping

Jul – Nov 2019: Landscaping, final creek restoration, and construction of playground

Project background

In 2014, the City of Edina and MCWD signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) identifying areas of collaboration within the realms of land use planning, stormwater management, economic development, flood mitigation, parks and public land management, greenway development, and water resource improvements. The restoration of Arden Park meets the goals of both the city and MCWD by restoring a degraded section of Minnehaha Creek and improving water quality while also updating the park facilities and providing new amenities.

Arden Park will be the latest in a series of improvements along Minnehaha Creek that is returning the formerly ditched and ignored stream into a vibrant, healthy and beautiful natural resource that connects and enhances the communities it flows through.

The project will complement the work that’s been done upstream by enhancing wildlife habitat, treating polluted stormwater, adding flood storage and improving access for recreation. Learn more about the Greenway improvements that have been completed so far.

Minnehaha Creek Greenway Map

Clean Water Fund logoFunding

The construction cost will be split between the City of Edina and MCWD. The project has received grant funding from the Clean Water Fund, the MN Department of Natural Resources' Conservation Partners Legacy, and Hennepin County's Natural Resources Opportunity Fund.

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