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Arden Park Restoration


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(December, 2020) The spring, summer, and fall of 2020 brought many people to outdoor spaces, and Arden Park was no exception. New trails, creek accesses, and restored open spaces offered opportunities to be in nature and enjoy new park amenities that were completed as part of the Arden Park restoration project. Adjustments were made to the swales that treat stormwater, the new streambanks on the remeandered Minnehaha Creek received final plantings, and turf grass and formal plantings were completed around the shelter building and new playground. The refurbished open skate area and hockey rink at Arden Park are expected to be busy places again this winter. 

The new plantings within the park will take a few years to grow in and establish. Thank you for using the park respectfully and for your patience as the restoration takes shape. The new park landscape will be cared for by the project contractors until 2022 and later maintained by the city of Edina.

Work done to date:

Stormwater management:
The new stormwater treatment system is in place at the north end of the park. Once newly planted vegetation establishes, this stormwater will then flow through the six swales on the east side of the park. Due to contractor error, sediment from the construction site entered the swales and diminished filtration in the last two swales of the chain. The contractor removed accumulated sediment and replanted these swales in August 2020. The system has been performing well since this maintenance. New drain tile in the playground area and open space of the park now moves water to the creek, keeping these areas drier.

Boardwalk and trails:
New boardwalk, bridges, park trails, and paths connect all areas of the park. The main trail that crosses the park from northeast to southwest is cleared of snow during the winter.

Park shelter and playground:
The construction of the new park shelter building is completed. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the shelter building is closed, but restrooms are accessible from the building's exterior. The new playground is also completed, but access to the equipment was limited this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

New creek remeander:
Minnehaha Creek was very high throughout 2019 while park construction was ongoing. As a result, the new streambanks were finished in early spring 2020. The new plantings will further anchor the streambanks and take up water in the floodplain. A permanent, natural fiber fabric has been placed at the top of the banks and on inside curves of the stream to keep the banks stable while plants are establishing, however, high creek flows early in 2020 caused a few areas to "wash out" and repairs to stabilize the streambank will be completed during the winter of 2020-21.

Upcoming work: 

  • Small repairs to concrete sidewalks and adjustments to improve drainage from paved trails will be completed in spring 2021.
  • Monitoring of new plants and trees, along with replacement as needed, will be done until 2022 by the contractor.
  • City of Edina and MCWD staff will follow a monitoring and maintenance plan they developed to ensure the new amenities function as they should.


For questions regarding the park, the remeandered creek, the stormwater system, and new plantings, please contact Laura Domyancich-Lee at Minnehaha Creek Watershed District at or 952-641-4582. 

For questions regarding the park trails, skating rinks, park shelter or playground, please contact Tom Swenson at the City of Edina at 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 have partnered 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

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 is 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 complements 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 is 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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