Current & Future Parks Projects
City of Inver Grove Heights-led Projects
Northwest Area Parks
With the successful completion of the first park in the Northwest Area in August 2022, the City is proposing two additional parks to be added to this area. View the Northwest Area Park Planning Website at www.ighmn.gov/nwaparks.
Neighborhood Engagement Event | Thursday, Sept. 29: 5:30-7 p.m. | End of Auburn Court in IGH
Join us for this neighborhood engagement event. We will set up at the dead end of Auburn Court (near the intersection of Autumn Way) in IGH. You will be able to meet with IGH Parks & Recreation Director Adam Lares and the Project Consultant, WSB. There will be informational materials on the project plans for two new parks in the Northwest Area community of IGH, as well as opportunities to provide your input on what to include in the designs of these new parks. Please join us, all are welcome.
In the event of inclement weather, the event will move to the Veterans Memorial Community Center (8055 Barbara Avenue) in Community Room 3.
We hope to see you there and look forward to working with our community as we plan these next two parks in IGH!
North & South Valley Parks Master Plan
The City is working to update the Master Plan for North and South Valley Parks.
South Valley Park
Following the collaborative design work of Parks & Rec staff with consultant HKGi, in March of 2020 the City Council approved an updated South Valley Master Plan that included improvements or creation of space that the Park and Recreation Commission (PRAC) grouped in the following phases:
Phase 1: Activity Area (2022) - will include construction of a new playground, picnic shelter, performance area, parking lot extension and all associated trail connections and amenities associated with the new activity Area
Phase 2: Archery and Trail Loop (TBD)
Phase 3: Western Bluff Area (TBD) - Includes an addition of a community Garden, construction of a lookout tower and a trail link
At the January 11, 2021, City Council meeting, staff provided an update and review of the South Valley Master Plan with proposed designs and estimated cost. In May 2022, City Council received an update on funding and request to move ahead on bids. Construction on Phase 1 is anticipated to begin in fall of 2022.
Heritage Village Park Master Plan
Phases 1, 2 & 3 have successfully been implemented*. Phases 4 & 5 are proposing a picnic shelter, inclusive playground and splash pad with staff recommendations and estimated budget for each phase.
|HVP Phase 4 Picnic Shelter Concept|
Improvements to Heritage Village Park over the last several years have included property acquisition, environmental remediation, the off-leash dog park, trails, and landscaping and were generously funded by the State of MN Bonding Grant(s), an Environmental Legacy Fund (ELF) Grant from Dakota County, and the City of Inver Grove Heights.
River Heights Natural Resource Management Plan
The City of Inver Grove Heights and the Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) have partnered in the last year to prepare a Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP) for River Heights Park. This Management Plan will help guide the ecological management of the 7.7-acre park known as River Heights. Although small, it is a very valuable part of the natural corridor along the Mississippi River and provides important wildlife habitat and water quality benefits, as well as a popular community amenity.
The primary proposed restoration involves removing invasive, non-native trees, shrubs and plants throughout the site to restore the grassland to savanna and to enhance the woodland. When invasive plants are controlled, it will allow for the reintroduction of quality native plants optimal for the eco-system.
If you would like a copy of the NRMP, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-450-2582.
Veterans Memorial Greenway (formerly the Rich Valley Regional Greenway)
Dakota County is planning for a Regional Greenway which will be a County trail project. The Regional Greenway Master Plan has not yet been adopted but residents can log the Dakota County project website to learn more and comment.
Mendota Lebanon Regional Greenway
Dakota County is planning for a Mendota Lebanon Regional Greenway which will be a County trail project. The Mendota Lebanon Regional Greenway Master Plan has been adopted and can be viewed here.