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Arden Park Restoration

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Construction is continuing to move forward as the contractors work to complete major park improvements. Work is slightly behind schedule due to record-breaking precipitation this spring and continued wet conditions, which is making construction more challenging. It’s all hands on deck to complete the stormwater management system, trails, and creek accesses. The contractors anticipate finishing the majority of work in early August with a few items to be completed after the new shelter building and playground are finished.

Once vegetation is planted throughout the park, it will take some time for the plants to grow and fill out. Thank you for your patience as the restoration takes shape.

As a reminder, all areas of the park remain closed until work is completed this fall, including the perimeter of the park without fencing. Continuing construction with large equipment makes conditions unsafe for visitors.


Work done to date:

Stormwater management
Floodplain areas, the new streambank, and open spaces are being given their final shape in preparation for planting with native flowers, grasses, trees, and shrubs. The new stormwater treatment pipes and filters are being placed in the north end of the park, and the stormwater swales are ready for planting.

Boardwalk and trails:
The two new pedestrian bridges over Minnehaha Creek were placed at the end of June and beginning of July and the bridge deck and railings were built over the last week. Here's a short video of one of the bridges being placed by a crane. Crews are working to connect the boardwalk, park trails, and paths throughout the site. Some internal trails will be completed after the new park shelter building and playground are finished this fall.

Park shelter and playground:
The construction of the new park shelter building is well underway. Soon the exterior wall framing of the shelter building will be visible. The base for the new playground is finished, and the “container” that will hold the playground will be built in the next two weeks. 

New creek remeander:

Crews are working to put finishing touches on the new streambanks, which will be planted with grasses, flowers, and shrubs in early August. A permanent, natural fiber fabric will be placed at the top of the banks and on inside curves of the stream to keep the banks stable while plants are establishing. The site has been extremely wet with this spring’s rain, but the new streambanks have held up very well during high flows and the newly connected floodplain provided storage when the creek was outside of its banks. The new plantings will further anchor the streambanks and take up water in the floodplain.


Upcoming work:

Mid to Late July

  • Creek accesses will be built as high water recedes
  • New trees, shrubs, flowers, and grasses will be planted in the stormwater swales, floodplain areas, streambanks, and along trails as moisture conditions allow
  • Open spaces will be seeded with turf grasses or low-mow grasses

August - September

  • Planting will continue
  • Shelter building construction will continue
  • The new playground will be completed

October

  • Shelter building terrace and landscaping will be completed
  • Remaining interior trails will be finished
  • New hockey rink boards will be installed

 

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


For questions regarding the park shelter or playground, please contact Tom Swenson at the City of Edina at tswenson@edinamn.gov or 952-826-0317.

 

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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 creek accesses construction, installing utilities and stormwater management features

Jul – Nov 2019: Landscaping, final creek restoration and trail construction, and construction of shelter building and 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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