Minnehaha Creek FEMA Repairs
Crews are repairing 10 sites on Minnehaha Creek in Minneapolis where sections of streambank and trails were eroded by high water in 2014. Seven of the sites are located downstream of Minnehaha Falls. The other three sites are east and west of I-35W.
FEMA granted an extension of the work through January 2020 as the remainder of restoration work at three sites below Minnehaha Falls is on hold due to high water flows in Minnehaha Creek. The few weeks of remaining work will resume after flows decrease enough to allow work to occur.
.This project is happening in conjunction with the MPRB's Minnehaha Parkway Trail master planning process. Please visit the project page for more information.
Minnehaha Park Area Regional Sewer Improvements Project
Construction is expected to begin in September 2019 and be completed in summer 2021. A robust temporary conveyance system will be in place during construction to direct wastewater around the work site. Some impacts to park users and residents may include: lights, noise, nuisance odor release, tree removals, construction vehicle traffic and equipment parking, lane shifts and temporary Hiawatha Avenue intersection closures, parking restrictions on Minnehaha Parkway, and a bike trail closure.
A section of Hiawatha Bicycle Trail between the Minnehaha Creek Trail and Minnehaha Parkway will be closed throughout construction to accommodate temporary wastewater conveyance piping. Bicycle traffic will be detoured to Minnehaha Creek Trail, 34th Avenue and Minnehaha Parkway. Protected bike lanes with temporary bollards will be created on sections of 34th Avenue crossing Minnehaha Creek and along east- and westbound Minnehaha Parkway.
Project Page: https://metrocouncil.org/sewerconstruction/minnehaha
The Latest: Erosion control and shoreline grading is nearing its end. Stormwater pipe replacement being done by the City Public Works Department is underway.
About this Project:
A Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage grant is funding restoration of almost 4,800 linear feet of shoreline along north and northeastern shore of Lake Nokomis. This area of shoreline was selected due to increased erosion that has occurred along much of this area.
This project was identified as part of the 2015 Nokomis-Hiawatha Master Plan, which calls for increasing naturalized areas to improve water quality, stabilize shorelines and increase habitat. New native vegetation will extend from the shoreline to within four feet of the walking path.
Shoreline enhancements will improve habitat for both aquatic and upland animal species. It will stabilize erosion, seek to remove invasive plants, and create a functional continuum of shoreline zones. Plantings will accommodate fluctuations in water level, allowing for resilience to changing water level conditions in the lake. Improvements will be constructed primarily along the north shoreline of the lake.
This project has received regulatory approval. The United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) and the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) have completed review of the Lake Nokomis Shoreline Enhancements project. SHPO concluded the proposed improvements have no adverse effects to the Grand Rounds Historic District and USACE permitted the project for proposed bank stabilization measures.
The proposed design uses three different planting zones along the shoreline.
The Emergent Wetland Zone starts at the ordinary high-water level (OHWL) and extends into the lake. Once established, new aquatic plants will reduce wave energy to help reduce erosion. A temporary fence will be installed to help plants establish.
The Shoreline Buffer Zone lies between the OHWL and wetland boundary. It will be planted with a seed mix that's compatible with shoreline environmental elements.
The Upland Buffer Zone starts at the wetland boundary and extends away from the lake until four feet from the paved trail. It will be planted with a seed mix that's compatible with upland environmental elements. The four-foot strip will be mowed grass. Another temporary fence will also protect new planting areas and connect to the emergent wetland fence.
A variety of access points will still remain so park users can still access the lake.
Questions about this project can be sent to the project manager, Jon Duesman.
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The city of Minneapolis is replacing the bridge decking on the 12th Street bridge over Minnehaha Creek. During construction please follow the posted detours, including the portage around the construction zone for those traveling down Minnehaha Creek. The repair is anticipated to be complete by this fall.
Questions about this project should be directed to:
Tracy Lindgren, 612 290-5898 or Tracy.Lindgren@minneapolismn.gov
28th Avenue S Bridge Replacement
THE BRIDGE AND TRAIL ARE OPEN!
A first phase of construction begins next month; all improvements are expected to be completed next year.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) recently approved a construction contract for a range of Phase 1 improvements at Phelps Park; construction is scheduled to begin in July. This project was put on hold last year, after construction bids that were submitted all exceeded the project's budget.
Phase 1 improvements
- Removal of existing wading pool, play equipment and surfacing in the playground
- Installation of new playground equipment and play area surfacing
- Installation of new path lighting
- ADA accessibility improvements to paths and parking areas
- Improvements to landscaping near the playground
Phase 1 construction begins in July, with completion of the new playground and other phase 1 improvements expected in Fall 2020, barring delays due to weather, construction or COVID-19.
Phase 2 improvements
- Redesign and renovation of the athletic field in the south area of the park to improve drainage, turf quality and overall play quality
- Design and construction of a new splash pad to replace the wading pool
Design for both the athletic field and splash pad is expected to be complete by Fall 2020, with construction planned to begin in Spring 2021. Athletic field improvements include funding from the Hennepin Youth Sports Program.
Final Schematic Design Concept [PDF]
Questions about this project should be directed to the project manager : Jon Duesman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In 2016, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the City of Minneapolis approved ordinances to reverse years of underfunding in neighborhood parks. The 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan (NPP20) is a long-term initiative that will transform the neighborhood park system with the following measures:
- Protect current levels of MPRB funding.
- Dedicate an additional $11 million annually, through 2036, in NPP20 funds for increased maintenance, rehabilitation and capital investments in neighborhood parks.
- Allocate NPP20 funds using a data-driven, criteria-based system to help address racial and economic equity.