The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is in the early phases of planning a 1,000-foot trail connection from Methodist Hospital and the Minnehaha Creek Preserve to the Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trail and upcoming Southwest Light Rail Blake Road Station. The new trail will also connect to 325 Blake Road and Cottageville Park in Hopkins. In addition to trail development, MCWD will restore streambank along Minnehaha Creek to remediate streambank erosion, as well as repair areas of the floodplain and adjacent riparian buffers.

As MCWD began developing projects from Knollwood Mall to Meadowbrook Golf Course in the early 2010s, we identified an opportunity to restore a degraded stretch of streambank near the railroad crossing. By partnering with the Southwest Light Rail Project and the City of St. Louis Park, we were able to preserve space under the new rail bridge intersecting with Minnehaha Creek. As the bridge nears completion, we’re assessing the creek to determine the extent of work required to restore its ecological integrity. This assessment will serve as the foundation for the trail connection and streambank improvements.

At a Glance

  • St. Louis Park
  • Minnehaha Creek Subwatershed
  • Status: Planning
  • 2026

MCWD Staff Contact

Gabe Sherman



Project Cost


Project Updates


MCWD recently completed a feasibility study for the Greenway to Cedar Trail Connection project. This process allows MCWD to understand potential site improvements and develop a schematic design for the project. The project will advance into the design phase, when the project has been ordered by the Board of Managers.

Project Timeline

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Planning Phase

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Planning Phase

2016 MCWD secures space for a trail connection under the new rail bridge for the Southwest Light Rail Green Line extension 

2017 MCWD and partners pause trail connection and restoration projects until Southwest Light Rail Construction is near completion

August 2022 MCWD Board of Managers authorize updated topographic and tree surveys and a feasibility study with Resolution 22-050

October 2023 Feasibility study and surveys complete

January 2024 Planning phase completed

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Design Phase

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Design Phase

Spring 2023 — Initial concept design begins

2024 Design phase ends

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Construction Phase

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Construction Phase

2024 – Constuction begins

2026 – Construction completed

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Project completion

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Project Completion

2026 — Project complete

By the Numbers



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Project Highlights

  • Paved trail between the Minnehaha Creek Preserve boardwalk and the Cedar Lake Regional Trail
  • Improved access to the Cedar Lake Regional Trail and the Blake Road Light Rail Station
  • Fully connected Greenway along Minnehaha Creek
  • Restored streambank
  • Invasive species removal

All metrics anticipated upon project completion.


Projects along the Minnehaha Creek Greenway have been the result of fruitful partnerships with public and private agencies in the area. MCWD will continue to work with partners, including the City of St. Louis Park, to develop the Greenway to Cedar Trail Connection and Streambank Restoration. The Metropolitan Council has also been a critical partner on this project.

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Project Cost: $800,000

Funding for this project is split between the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and the City of St. Louis Park. The project partners are seeking grants to support the completion of the project.