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Arden Park Restoration

5230 Minnehaha Boulevard, Edina, MN


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(September 2021) New trails, creek accesses, and restored open spaces offer opportunities to be in nature and enjoy new park amenities that were completed as part of the Arden Park restoration project. The new plantings within the park continue to be maintained by the project contractor, and the City of Edina is diligently working on the grassy areas which have been slow to establish because of heavy park use and little rain. Park users that stay on the trails throughout the park will help plants thrive which protects the investment in the park, supports wildlife habitat, and prevents erosion. The new streambanks on the remeandered Minnehaha Creek became more exposed with low water conditions in the creek throughout 2021, which enabled the planting of additional grasses and flowers in the streambank to help with stabilization. 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. As vegetation continues to establish, stormwater will flow through the six swales on the east side of the park. New drain tile in the playground area and open space of the park now moves water to the creek, keeping these areas drier after heavy rains and snowmelt.

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:
Restrooms in the new park shelter are open. The playground area that was refurbished as part of the recent work at Arden Park is being enhanced with the addition of accessible playground equipment. The existing equipment was reconfigured to accommodate the new equipment. 


Upcoming work: 

  • Monitoring and care of new plants and trees, along with replacement as needed, will be done until 2022 by the project contractor.
  • City of Edina and MCWD staff will follow a monitoring and maintenance plan that was developed to ensure the new amenities function as they should.

For questions regarding 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 partnered to improve the creek, habitat and the public use experience in Arden Park. The project design was 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 combined 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 keep 30 pounds of phosphorus and 18,000 pounds of sediment out of Minnehaha Creek every year
  • Restored stream health and habitat – removing the 54th Street dam and remeandering Minnehaha Creek restored over 2,100 feet of streambank and added 230 feet of stream length
  • 400+ new trees were planted
  • Invasive buckthorn and preventative ash tree removal was undertaken
  • Pollinator habitat was enhanced with new plantings
  • A new park shelter and playground were built
  • The existing hockey rink was upgraded
  • The trail system was expanded and a new boardwalk allows access to the floodplain wetlands on the north end of the park

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 degraded stream into a vibrant, healthy, and beautiful natural resource that connects and enhances the communities it flows through.

The project complements the work that has 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 was split between the City of Edina and MCWD. The project 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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