Arden Park Restoration


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Some major improvements are being considered for Arden Park that will restore Minnehaha Creek and enhance the user experience while keeping the park’s natural, rustic character. 

The proposed work is part of the City of Edina’s commitment to providing excellent parks where residents can regenerate, connect, and enjoy nature, and  the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District’s ongoing effort to restore its namesake. 

We've used extensive input from local residents to put together a concept plan (see reverse) for park improvements. This input has included three community meetings (two complete, a third will take place on Monday, May 1st) with residents of surrounding neighborhoods and an online survey. Plans for funding and construction are contingent upon final input from residents and approval of a draft concept plan. 

During the community meetings, residents described how they use the park, issues to be addressed, and desires for the future of the park. 

Creek improvements

  • Removes 4-foot dam, improving passage for paddlers and fish
  • Adds 500 feet of stream through existing wetlands and floodplain
  • Treats regional stormwater which currently drains to Minnehaha Creek untreated
  • Contributes to more consistent creek flow 
  • Improves wildlife habitat

Park improvements

  • New walking trails and potential new bridges
  • Potential new park shelter
  • Drier and more usable lawn area
  • Retains existing playground and ice skating area
  • New areas to sit and enjoy natural beauty of the creek


A multi-agency funding plan that includes potential grant dollars is being developed. Details coming soon.  

Concept plan (click for larger version)

Extending the Minnehaha Creek Greenway

Arden Park would 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 this work by enhancing wildlife habitat, treating polluted stormwater, adding flood storage and improving access for recreation.

Learn more

Feb. 7 - Edina City Council Work Session
Feb. 9 - MCWD Board of Managers briefing
Feb./March - Final draft concept plan finished, Public review and final input, City Council Approval
May 1 - Community meeting to review final draft 


Renae Clark, MCWD: | (952) 641-4510 
Jessica Wilson, City of Edina: | (952) 826-0445

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