Carver Lake Park
3175 Century Avenue South
Vehicle access to the main entrance and parking lot at Carver Lake Park will be restricted Tuesday, May 18, through Thursday, May 20, to finish remaining items from the 2020 Park Improvement Project. Remaining project items include parking lot and road striping, drainage adjustments along the park road, clean-up work and speed control improvements.
2020 Improvement Project
The main components of the project included repaving and minor redesign of the main parking lot and road, an expanded parking lot by the new bike park playground, adding an electronic gate at the main road entrance, and enhancing the pedestrian crossings for paved trail and off-road cycling trail users. Paved trails in the park were repaved in advance of the larger parking lot reconstruction project.
The main entrance road leading into Carver Lake Park will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 28, through Wednesday, Sept. 29, for road and crosswalk markings to be installed. The final improvements are an extension of the 2020 Carver Lake Park project. Questions can be directed to Parks and Recreation at 651-714-3583.
During the summer of 2021, staff will finalize the park concept and prepare the project for construction in 2022 or 2023. The following amenities are being considered for Briarcroft Park:
- Basketball court
- Tennis court
- Ball field
- Shade structure
(Formerly Bailey Lake Park)
This new park, to be located south of Dale Road and west of Woodbury Drive, will include a playground for ages 5-12, multi-purpose open/active field space, basketball court, tennis/pickleball court and trail connections.
An entrance road and parking lot will not be constructed with this phase of the project as originally considered. With three trail entrances to the park providing bicycle and pedestrian access, there is limited need for vehicle access. Staff will monitor the need for an entrance road and parking lot and consider adding these components in a future year, if the park use can justify the additional infrastructure.
Construction is slated to begin later this summer and be completed in October.
During the summer of 2021, staff will finalize the park concept and prepare the project for construction in Spring/Summer 2022. A preliminary concept currently includes a playground, open/active space, and trail connections.
During the summer of 2021, staff will be replacing the playground at Menomini Park. Preliminary plans are for a play structure designed for ages 5-12 years that maximizes the current playground space and a new basketball court.
During the summer of 2021, the parking lot, basketball and the dual-purpose pickleball and tennis courts will at Pioneer Park will be replaced. Starting Monday, June 7, the courts at the park will be closed to begin expansion and reconstruction.
This new park, also located south of Dale Road and west of Woodbury Drive, includes a tot-lot play structure designed for children age 5 and under, and a small active space off Summerlin Drive. Construction is expected to begin in August and be completed in October.
In addition to new parks, the following improvements will be made to the existing parks and trails system this summer.
Valley Creek Park Master Plan
Valley Creek Park is an undeveloped 70 acre community park in Woodbury, and is part of a larger area known as the Fish Lake Greenway Corridor. The entrance to the park is located off Valley Creek Road near the intersection of Settlers Ridge Parkway. This property is part of a larger collection of city-owned open space and park parcels that were acquired through a city open space referendum in 1998, park dedication from development, a state Metro Greenways Grant from the MNDNR, and a Land and Water Legacy Grant from Washington County.
The open space is a mixture of oak woodland, coniferous tree plantation and retired agricultural fields. Significant investment has been made since 2006 regarding the active vegetation management of this area with prairie and oak savannah restoration.
Master Planning Process
The Valley Creek Master Planning process took place in 2019-2020. This process' goals were to develop strong connections between potential activities in the park, enhance the existing natural qualities and resources, serve the community through the addition of unique experiences to the park system, and serve adjacent neighborhoods' daily recreational needs.
Park Project Goals and Construction Timeline
The top three priorities of the project include:
- Restoring natural resource habitat
- Providing paved and unpaved trails
- Adding adventure/nature play space
In addition, the city is working with the Woodbury Heritage Society (WHS) on preservation and stabilization of the existing Miller Barn, a fixture on the property. A Legacy Grant from the State of Minnesota and WHS will financially support the work on Miller Barn.
Visit the Valley Creek Park Page
Wedgewood Heights Park
During the summer of 2021, staff will be replacing the playground at Wedgewood Heights Park. Preliminary plans are for a play structure designed for ages 5-12 years that maximizes the current playground space.
Projects include reconstruction segments of trail throughout the city, which are in poor condition and showing signs of severe surface raveling and large sections of trail in need of reconstruction.
Trail Improvement Projects