Valley Creek Park Project
Valley Creek Park, located at 11500 Valley Creek Road, is a 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.
Natural Resources Management Plan
The city received a grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to improve the habitat of the oak woodland, oak savanna, prairie and wetlands within Valley Creek Park. This project complements the park improvements made in 2021, and 2022. The vegetation establishment project will start winter 2023, and be completed by summer 2025.
Work in the winter months will be widely removal of invasive woody species, such as Buckthorn, followed by selective treatment. The project also includes selective tree removals throughout the prairie and forested area to improve native ecosystems. The spring, summer and fall months will focus on the prairie, wetlands and understory vegetation through selective removal and seeding. Numerous prescribed burns are anticipated throughout the project.