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Northwest Area Parks - New Playground Designs!
We asked. You answered!
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. One in the Peltier Reserve neighborhood (Northwest Area Park #1) and one in the Highlands at Settler Ridge (Northwest Area Parks #2).
In September 2022, we began collecting input from the IGH community on developing these next two parks. We are grateful for the robust response we received and are excited to announce that we have final park design concepts to share!
View the New Playground Designs & Provide Feedback: March 21-April 7
Join us at a Community Open House on Wednesday, April 5, 6-7:30 p.m. at the VMCC, where you can view playground designs, meet staff, learn about the process of creating a park, and provide feedback on planned playground structures.
Not able to attend in person? View the complete gallery of park playground designs:
- NWA Park #1: Peltier Neighborhood
- NWA Park #2: Highland at Settlers Ridge
You can provide feedback at www.ighmn.gov/nwaparks. We will accept feedback through Friday, April 7.
Thank you for being a part of a new place to play in IGH! We look forward to park construction beginning this summer, with plans to open in spring 2024.
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 - Construction begins Spring 2023
Will include construction of a new playground, a new open-air picnic shelter with kitchen, restrooms and fire pit, a performance area, a large plaza for gatherings, and an expanded parking lot.
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.
Construction will begin in Spring 2023 of an open-air picnic shelter (pictured below) and restroom facilities.
|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 email@example.com 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.