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The park is open with new trails, a new playground and shelter building. Minnehaha Creek, which had been hidden behind buckthorn and overgrowth, now can be seen throughout the park. Visitors can walk right up to the water for fishing, tubing or just to enjoy the view.
Some work will happen in spring and summer 2020, including adding more trees and plants and establishing the grassy areas. Visitors can expect to see crews at work from time to time, but no major closures are expected.
You can learn more about this project, a joint effort of the City of Edina and Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, at EdinaMN.gov/ArdenParkProject.
The concrete paths on the perimeter of the park are 7.5 feet wide to match existing sidewalks.
The main paved trails are 8 feet wide, the secondary paved trails 5 feet wide, and the crushed granite trails 4 feet wide.
The concrete paths and paved trails were designed to accommodate city maintenance and snow plowing equipment. Asphalt was chosen for the interior park paths because of varying grades within the park and the ease of maintenance.
Thousands of trees and shrubs were planted throughout the park, and they will fill out the space as they grow. Most plantings were in 2019, but some are also being done in spring 2020.
The overall plantings include 10 large, spaded trees (watch video), more than 400 potted trees, 3,200 potted shrubs, 1,800 bare root trees and shrubs, and nearly 30,000 herbaceous plants. Many of these trees, shrubs, and plants were put in when they were small so it may take a few years before they are fully mature.
Thank you for your patience as the restoration takes shape.
The City Forester worked with the contractors to protect trees during construction activity that was near tree roots and limbs. In addition, many trees were saved during the project by some creative maneuvering and designing.
Trees will be monitored for health over the next few years. Replacements will be planted as needed, but it is not expected to be a widespread problem.
Yes, and it will be a whole lot easier. You'll no longer have to stand in muck or battle your way through buckthorn to drop a line. The park restoration includes several new spots where you can walk right up to the creek's edge. The fishing hole at the 54th Street bridge also remains.
No, there has never been fencing planned around the stormwater swales. The water level in them is expected to be minimal as they work to filter stormwater runoff.
Small children should always be supervised in Arden Park. Minnehaha Creek runs through the park and can be swift moving.
We hope not. The stormwater management aspects of the project should create a much drier, usable lawn area.
The lawn area is being grown in during spring and summer 2020. Once it’s well established, it will be used for playground programs and general use.
The entire Arden Park restoration project cost about $5.3 million.
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and the City of Edina are paying 40 percent of the cost. The other 20 percent is coming from grants. Edina’s portion came from existing funds.
The City of Edina has a webpage full of project information at EdinaMN.gov/ardenparkproject. There you also will find links to the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District’s project page and a sign up for regular email updates sent right to you.