Arden Park, Minnehaha River, Minnesota
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) and the City of Edina contracted Inter-Fluve as part of a team to analyze and design a restoration plan for Minnehaha Creek within Arden Park. The project included significant public outreach to capture community goals and sentiment relative to the existing park and dam. The final design was constructed in 2019. Fish passage was improved and natural stream function restored via removal of a 4-foot dam and re-meandering 2,000 ft of the creek. The project also enhances wildlife habitat and natural vegetation, improves water quality by treating over 100 acres of untreated urban runoff, and provides improved and increased recreation access for fishing, kayakers, paddle boarders and tubers.