Arden Park Restoration Public Notice


The mission of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is to collaborate with public and private partners to integrate clean water and natural resource enhancements with the built environment, supporting the creation of vibrant communities. Our investments in clean water and natural resources are driven by opportunities to layer natural resource benefits with community goals which best integrates the improvements on the landscape and cost effectively leverages public funds.

The MCWD Board of Managers will hold a Public Hearing at its regular meeting on Thursday, October 26 at 6:45 p.m. to consider establishing the Arden Park restoration project in the City of Edina. The meeting will be held at the MCWD Office, 15320 Minnetonka Boulevard, Minnetonka, MN 55345. 

The goal of the Arden Park project is to combine natural resource restoration goals with city and community goals for Arden Park in a way that connects people to the resource. The project would restore and enhance 17 acres of urban Minnehaha Creek corridor within Edina. The project would connect nine miles of stream habitat by removing a dam, restore approximately 2,000 feet of stream channel, treat up to 100 acres of stormwater runoff from the surrounding neighborhoods and restore critical urban wildlife habitat including floodplain forest and wetland. The estimated MCWD cost for the project is $1,937,000.  The City of Edina will contribute funds for design and construction of park improvements integrated into the project plan.  More information including the project plan can be found at: www.minnehahacreek.org/project/arden-park-restoration

The MCWD’s share of project cost would be funded through its ad valorem tax levy allocated between Hennepin and Carver Counties on the basis of tax capacity. MCWD is also seeking grant funds.  The scheduled public hearing is being held in accordance with Minnesota Statutes §103B.251.  If, after considering comments, the Board of Managers finds that the project is conducive to public health, would promote the general welfare, and is consistent with the MCWD watershed management plan, it may order and formally authorize the project.

If you have any questions regarding the project, please contact Renae Clark at 952-641-4510 or email at rclark@minnehahacreek.org.