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 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:

  • 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

The Edina City Council will hear an update as the design phase is about 60 percent complete. Staff from the Parks & Recreation Department and Minnehaha Creek Watershed District will make a presentation during the Tuesday, May 15, City Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.

Recent Events

Two open houses, including one at the park, were held in early May 2018 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.

Another design check-in, at the 90 percent mark, is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 22, 2018. That location is yet to be determined.

About the Design Phase

The Design Phase began after the City of Edina and the MCWD approved the Master Plan and a partnership agreement. The design team is continuing work on the design of bridges, sidewalks and landscape vegetation. The process for designing the playground, which will be developed with community input, will be initiated this spring. 

January 2018 Update

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.

See the Presentation

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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.