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Arden Park Restoration


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The construction contract for Rachel Contracting, Inc. to implement the Arden Park restoration was approved by the MCWD Board of Managers on November 15, 2018 and by the Edina City Council on November 20, 2018.


It is anticipated that construction will begin in mid-December, starting with tree removal and the demolition of the park shelter, pedestrian bridge, and dam. Heavy equipment will be onsite, and construction will be messy and noisy at times. Thank you for your patience as we restore Arden Park. For residents’ safety, most of the park will not be accessible during construction, and no ice skating or hockey will be available this winter. Other nearby rinks are available at Pamela Park, Todd Park, and Weber Park.


During the first quarter of 2019, construction will focus on remeandering Minnehaha Creek and installing utilities and stormwater management features. The second quarter of 2019 construction will be dedicated to construction of trails and park facilities, and the third quarter of 2019 will focus on landscaping, final creek restoration, and construction of the playground and shelter building.


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Minnehaha Creek at Arden Park
About this project: 

The 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, installing utilities and stormwater management features

Apr - Jun 2019: Trail and park facilities construction

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

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


The construction cost will be split between the City of Edina and MCWD.

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