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Arden Park Restoration

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New trails and a refurbished open skate area and hockey rink at Arden Park have been busy places this winter with the Arden Park hockey rink being the most played in the city. We are looking forward to seeing all elements of the park restoration take their final shape as construction nears completion in spring 2020. In late February, stream bank work on Minnehaha Creek that was not completed due to extremely high water conditions will be restarted and planting will wrap up in the spring. The contractor will also be working to make adjustments to the stormwater system. Heavy equipment will be in use occasionally over the next few months; park users are asked to use caution if equipment is present or in use at the park.

Once all of the vegetation is planted throughout the park, it will take a few years for the plants to grow. Thank you for your patience as the restoration takes shape. The new park landscape will be cared for by the project contractors for the next three years 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. 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 final surface of the asphalt trails will be installed once all construction is complete.

Park shelter and playground:
The construction of the new park shelter building is completed and has been in use as a warming house this winter. The new playground is also completed, and kids really enjoyed exploring the new equipment last fall and early winter.

New creek remeander:
Minnehaha Creek was very high throughout 2019 while park construction was ongoing. As a result, the new streambanks will be finished later this winter and early spring and will be planted with grasses, flowers, and shrubs. The new plantings will further anchor the streambanks and take up water in the floodplain. A permanent, natural fiber fabric will be placed at the top of the banks and on inside curves of the stream to keep the banks stable while plants are establishing.

Upcoming work: 

  • Spring 2020 planting will include the large open grass area and various planting in smaller spots that weren’t completed by late fall 2019.
  • Monitoring of new plants and trees, along with replacement as needed, will be done for three years 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 re-meandered creek, the stormwater system, and new plantings, please contact Laura Domyancich at Minnehaha Creek Watershed District at ldomyancich@minnehahacreek.org or 952-641-4582. 


For questions regarding the park shelter or playground, please contact Tom Swenson at the City of Edina at tswenson@edinamn.gov 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 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

May - Jun 2019: Trail and creek accesses construction, installing utilities and stormwater management features

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

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

Clean Water Fund logoFunding

The construction cost will be 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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