Arden Park Restoration Plan

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 a joint effort of the City of Edina and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. 

Among the improvements:
  • New trails
  • Increased fishing areas
  • Additional recreation opportunities
  • Replacing the park shelter
  • New playground
  • Easier park access
  • Regional stormwater management
  • Better creek water quality
  • Expanded biodiversity in the park
  • Flood prevention

Up Next

Playground Open House
Held at Arden Park Playground
  • 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18
Design Phase Open House
Give input at 90 percent design mark
  • 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 - Arden Park. (Inclement weather location is City Hall.)


The current playground will be replaced with new equipment. In addition, the playground will be getting a new surface because the existing one isn't ADA-compliant.

At a June 25 open house at the playground, feedback was collected on surface options, color schemes and what types of playground equipment people would like.

Next  Playground Open House
 5-6:30 p.m. July 18: Design options will be presented for feedback. This will be held at Arden Park Playground; if it rains, it will be moved to the shelter building.

Park Shelter

  • Location moving slightly into green space to make room for creek remeandering.
  • Wendell, which designed Pamela and Countryside shelter buildings, hired as architect.
  • Group including residents and Parks & Recreation Commission members are working with Wendel on the building designs. 


  • Number of trees to be removed: 68 
  • Original estimate: 90
  • Reason: Reduced as much as possible based on community input. 
  • Number of Ash trees among those 68: 24
  • Replacement trees: 68 minimum. All trees removed during construction will be replaced with as large of a tree as possible, within budget and site limits.
Ash Trees
At least three Ash trees in prominent locations will be treated against Emerald Ash Borer.

The City Council, upon recommendations of PARC, voted to remove all ash trees and replant with other species

Removal of ash trees beyond the 24 expected in construction will be done in phases to ensure slope stabilization and provide erosion control as invasive buckthorn is removed from the park.

  • Will be removed in phases.
  • Because the invasive tree is so overwhelming in park sections, its removal will generate wide-open views in certain areas.

Park Design May 2018

Arden Park Design May 2018

Shelter Concepts

Arden Shelter Concepts

Project Cost

Estimated at $4 million

Who Would Pay?

40 percent City of Edina
40 percent MCWD
20 percent outside grants


Tentatively could begin in 2019.

About the Design Phase

The Design Phase, expected to last through 2018, began after the City of Edina and the MCWD approved the Master Plan and a partnership agreement following 12 months involving extensive public input. The design phase determines how to make the Master Plan happen, in detail. 

May 2018

Two open houses, including one at the park, were held in early May for people to learn more about the project, ask questions and provide feedback. 

The Parks & Recreation Commission was briefed on the 60 percent status during its May 8 meeting. Watch that update via YouTube.

The City Council heard and responded to updates on the 60 percent status at its May 15 meeting. Watch that update.

January 2018 

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.

See the Presentation