Projects listed here include significant equipment replacement, maintenance or work that disrupts parking or sections of a park.
Please note some items are not actually Park & Recreation projects but happen to affect the listed park. They are listed for your convenience.
Braemar Arena Parking Lot
Work has begun to replace the aging asphalt parking lots that serve both Braemar Arena and Courtney Fields. FPI Paving, which was awarded the work in early August, hopes to have the project substantially completed by the end of September. Some disruptions to parking and entrances can be expected, but the lots will still be available to users each day.
The project will also provide security lighting to the parking areas and EV charging stations, though some of that won't be installed until spring due to supply chain issues.
Bristol & Mavelle Park
This project, also known as Lynmar Basin, includes stormwater improvements and light recreational improvements including a new walking path.
The City and the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District are working on this project together.
New fencing will replace the bowed fencing at the baseball field, improving safety and play. The old metal fencing will be recycled.
Lewis Park Playground
The playground equipment at Lewis Park was replaced in fall 2022.
The Parks & Recreation Department got feedback from more than 600 neighborhood residents, including children who use the playground, to choose the theme and equipment.
- Updates at BetterTogetherEdina.org/LewisPark
The Nine Mile Creek Watershed District is installing a new stormwater filtration system to help keep phosphorous out of Lake Cornelia and downstream to Lake Edina. This should help the water quality and prevent outbreaks of dangerous blue-green algae.
Development of a Master Plan for this park is underway and will include plans for replacing the playground equipment. Input from park users and nearby residents is driving this Master Plan.
Tennis Court Renovations
The tennis courts at these three parks are being refurbished in fall and winter. They will reopen in spring with a fresh surface for players.
- Countryside Park
Weber Woods / Morningside Flood Infrastructure Project
A major Engineering project will lower and expand Weber Pond and the Lynn/Kipling Pond to store more floodwater to protect homes in the area from flooding due to climate change.
Upcoming Playground Projects
The Parks & Recreation Department has 25 playgrounds throughout the park system. Park Maintenance examines each playground and ranks it based on use, traffic patterns, worn items, environmental conditions such as rain and sun damage, and imagination in the structure. The City's Capital Improvement Plan calls for replacing the equipment at the highest priority ones.
- Fox Meadow Park
- Strachauer Park (as part of upcoming Master Plan process)
- Wooddale Park
Note that equipment replacement might happen in a different order than just priority based on nearby park, street or environmental projects, equipment delays and other factors.
Completed Major Projects
- How was Arden Park improved?
The project by the City of Edina and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District made the following improvements to Arden Park:
o Improved water quality – the stormwater management features of this project keep 30 pounds of phosphorus and 18,000 pounds of sediment out of Minnehaha Creek every year
o Restored stream health and habitat – removing the 54th Street dam and re-meandering Minnehaha Creek restores over 2,100 feet of streambank, adds 230 feet of stream length, and creates diverse aquatic and terrestrial habitat
o Four new creek accesses allow paddling, tubing, fishing, or wading
o New park shelter and outdoor gathering space
o Enhanced open space
o Upgraded hockey rink
o Expanded trail network and new boardwalk
o 400+ new trees planted
o Invasive buckthorn and ash trees preventatively removed
o Expanded pollinator habitat
- Who takes care of the vegetation and weed maintenance at Arden Park?
Newly constructed areas of the park landscape will be cared for by the project contractors until fall 2022 and later maintained by the City of Edina. The contractor is responsible for:
- Invasive weed management
- Continued buckthorn management
- Spot herbicide treatment and mowing of perennial weeds along Minnehaha Boulevard
- Mowing of annual/biennial weeds along 54th Street and Brookview Avenue
- Watering and protection of newly planted trees
- Maintenance of plantings in the stormwater swales
- Streambank plantings
To report a concern related to one of these areas, please contact either the City of Edina project manager or the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District project manager.