Arden Park is under construction through late fall 2019 to restore Minnehaha Creek, improve recreational opportunities and replace the park shelter and playground.
Heavy equipment is on the site. For safety, the park will be closed during construction, including the playground.
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More than 400 new trees will be planted in the park as part of the project.
In early May, a special giant tree spade was brought in to plant several mature trees. Watch this short video to see how it works.
Once vegetation is planted throughout the park, it will take some time for the plants to grow and fill out.
A new park shelter building will better fit in with the character of the Arden neighborhood. It features lots of window to provide natural light indoors, covered outdoor areas for picnic tables and sustainable features.
The building will offer views of the creek, playground, large lawn and skating areas.
Some of the improvements being made by the project, a joint effort of the City of Edina and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District:
New and improved trails
Increased fishing areas
Regional stormwater management
Better creek water quality
Expanded biodiversity in the park
Removal of invasive buckthorn
The current playground will be replaced with new equipment. In addition, the playground will be getting a new ADA-compliant engineered wood fiber surface. The new surface will be similar to wood chips and will allow access for children of all abilities.