Meadowbrook Golf Course restoration
The historic high water of 2014 took a particular toll on Meadowbrook Golf Course in St. Louis Park. A flooded Minnehaha Creek left much of the course under water and caused an estimated $2 million dollars in damage due to dead turf, damaged greens, drowned trees, washed out paths and more.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB), which owns the course, is beginning to re-vamp the course to improve play and make it less prone to flooding and damage. The District has joined as a partner on this re-design. It is a unique opportunity to restore a stretch of Minnehaha Creek within one of the District’s area of focus.
This project will be the latest extension of the “Minnehaha Greenway,” the product of MCWD’s massive restoration of Minnehaha Creek through its most degraded section in St. Louis Park and Hopkins. The Greenway is more than 50 acres of continuous natural area and trails along Minnehaha Creek, running from Blake Road in Hopkins to Excelsior Boulevard, and soon through Meadowbrook Golf Course and into Edina.
The Park Board will oversee the re-design of the golf course but is letting MCWD take the lead on improving the creek along the course. The stream has been straightened over the years and currently acts more as a ditch than a natural stream. The restoration plans include:
- Returning natural curves to the stream
- Creating areas to hold flood waters to make the golf course and surround properties less susceptible to flooding
- Restoring wetlands on the course
- Extending the Minnehaha Greenway trail system through the course
- Winter 2015/2016 – Design course and creek improvements
- Spring 2016 – Begin construction on 15 or 16 holes and driving range
- Fall/winter 2016-2017 – Construct stream improvements and remaining 2 or 3 holes
- Spring 2017 – Driving range and 15/16 holes open
- Summer 2017 – Construction on stream finishes and course opens for full play