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Arden Park Restoration


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The first phase of construction for the Arden Park restoration will begin the week of December 17. The first phase of construction will include moving construction equipment to the site, removing selected trees, and demolishing the park shelter, pedestrian bridge, playground, and dam. Following this initial work, crews will remeander Minnehaha Creek and install utilities and stormwater management features. 

To reduce impacts on the neighborhood, construction hours are limited to between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. on weekdays and between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays. Construction is not allowed on Sundays or holidays. An erosion control barrier will be installed around the perimeter of the park to prevent soil and other debris from leaving the site. Trucks will be entering and exiting the park from established construction entrances and exits on Minnehaha Boulevard. Trucks hauling materials to the park will approach the park from the north on 52nd Street and will exit the area going east on 54th Street to France Avenue. The streets will be cleaned daily. We appreciate residents' patience throughout the construction process.

While kids may like to watch the heavy equipment and adults may want to watch progress taking shape, we do request that individuals keep a respectful distance for safety. To keep residents safe, the park and ice rink will be closed once construction begins. Edina has 11 other parks with outdoor rinks, including nearby Pamela, Todd, and Weber Parks.


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Minnehaha Creek at Arden Park
About this project: 

The City of Edina and Minnehaha Creek Watershed District are partnering 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

Timeline (subject to change) 

Dec - Jan 2018: Tree removal and demolition of park shelter, pedestrian bridge, and dam

Jan - Mar 2019: Remeandering Minnehaha Creek, installing utilities and stormwater management features

Apr - Jun 2019: Trail and park facilities construction

Jul – Nov 2019: Landscaping, final creek restoration, construction of playground and shelter building

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 will 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 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


The construction cost will be split between the City of Edina and MCWD.

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