Construction starting on restoration of Edina park located along Minnehaha Creek

Construction starting on restoration of Edina park located along Minnehaha Creek Photo: KSTP

December 18, 2018 01:07 PM

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and the City of Edina are starting construction on the restoration of a park located along Minnehaha Creek.

According to a release, the project at Arden Park will combine natural resource and park facility improvements in an effort to "increase ecological health and recreational enjoyment of the park while retaining the park's natural character."


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Among the natural resource improvements planned include adding curves to the creek itself, removing a four-foot dam located at 54th Street to restore a flowing creek with pools and riffles, installing stormwater management features and improving wildlife habitat.

A new park shelter building, playgrounds, trails, creek accesses and an upgraded hockey rink are also planned.

The release said the first phase of construction includes demolishing the existing park shelter, pedestrian bridge and dam, as well as the removal of selected trees.

Trails and park facilities are scheduled to be built in the spring. The new park shelter building and playground are scheduled to be constructed prior to the project's anticipated completion date in November of next year.

According to the release, in an effort to reduce the impact on the neighborhood, construction hours will be limited to between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. during the week and between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday. Construction will not occur 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 hauling material from the park will be limited to entering and exiting from established entrances and exits on Minnehaha Boulevard. Due to the construction, there will be no ice skating or hockey at the park this winter.

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