Some major improvements are being planned for Arden Park that will restore Minnehaha Creek and enhance the user experience while keeping the park's natural, rustic character. The proposed work is part of the City of Edina's commitment to providing excellent parks where residents can regenerate, connect, and enjoy nature, and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District's ongoing effort to restore its namesake. A 12-month process with extensive public input produced a master plan for park improvements.
Among the improvements:
Increased fishing areas
Additional recreation opportunities
Replacing the park shelter
Easier park access
Regional stormwater management
Better creek water quality
Expanded biodiversity in the park
Where We Are At
The Design Phase began after the City of Edina and the MCWD approved the Master Plan and a partnership agreement. On Jan. 9 staff from both agencies and project consultant Inter-Fluve gave a briefing to the Edina Parks & Recreation Commission and to about 75 people who attended an open house at Edina City Hall. This check-in at the 30 percent point focused on stream alignment, trails and stormwater.
Wendel, which designed the recent Pamela and Countryside buildings, has been selected to design the Arden Park shelter building. City staff, members of the Parks & Recreation Commission and Arden Park residents will be on the design team working with Wendel.