2.2.3 Unique Features and Scenic Areas

Two Three Rivers Park District regional parks are located within the subwatershed: Noeremberg Memorial Gardens in Orono and Lake Minnetonka Regional Park.  The Park District also owns property on Big Island, Wawatasso Island, and Goose Island.  Several regional trails, including the Luce Line, the Southwest Hennepin LRT trail, and the proposed Three Rivers trail, cross the subwatershed.  The Minnesota Historic Features database notes about 460 historic features in this subwatershed, mostly residences, agricultural or commercial buildings, including over 300 buildings in historic Excelsior alone.  The Crane Island Historic District in Minnetrista conserves 14 buildings that exemplify the type of seasonal residential lake cottages that served as retreats from city life in the early 20th century.