Our June event took us on a walking urban ecology tour of the Minnehaha Preserve with WEN board member and watershed management expert, Tiffany Schaufler.
The Minnehaha Creek Preserve officially opened in July 2015, and is one of the largest urban stream restorations in Twin Cities history. The Preserve features 2,200 feet of boardwalk and 4,600 feet of paved trail around a restored stretch of Minnehaha Creek between Meadowbrook Avenue and Louisiana Avenue in St. Louis Park.
The project is a partnership between the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD), the City of St. Louis Park, and Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital. It is part of a larger effort to improve Minnehaha Creek through its most degraded stretch in St. Louis Park and Hopkins, where the stream had historically been straightened and hidden from sight. The Preserve creates access to 39 acres of green space that was previously inaccessible and provides a range of benefits for both water quality and the community.
The tour welcomed over 20 guests and ended with networking at nearby Pizza Luce. See our “About” page for a video shot during this beautiful event!