Phalen Creek Restoration Survey: along Bruce Vento Trail
About Lower Phalen Creek Project
This survey is being conducted by Lower Phalen Creek Project (LPCP), a non-profit organization in Saint Paul, MN. Its mission is to strengthen the East Side and Lowertown communities by developing and maximizing the value of local parks, trails, ecological and cultural resources, and by rebuilding connections to the Mississippi River. LPCP’s work includes the proposed restoration of Phalen Creek. Please participate in this community survey to guide the design and amenities of the restored creek in this beloved park. Thank you!
About Phalen Creek
Phalen Creek historically flowed out of Lake Phalen, meandering for about 4 river miles through East Side St. Paul until emptying into the Mississippi River on the other side of what is today Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. Between the late 1800s and 1930s, the creek was put entirely underground in a large storm pipe. LPCP proposes bringing portions of the creek back above ground, in particular two stretches: (1) along the west side of Johnson Parkway between Maryland Avenue and Phalen Boulevard, and/or (2) along part of the Bruce Vento Regional Trail between Frank Avenue and Swede Hollow Park. It could result in stream channels approximately 2 feet deep and 4 feet wide, on average. The stream banks would be restored and stabilized, and public access amenities are also possible. For example, small wading pools could be created, like a smaller version of the one at Minnehaha Falls park. There are many other possibilities as well. Please share your ideas!
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