Updated March 25: In response to COVID-19, the city has canceled the April 7 and May 5 Parks and Natural Resources Commission meetings. The status of future advisory commission and City Council meetings and workshops will be determined later. More information will be shared in future updates. The canceled commission meetings may impact city projects, including the Valley Creek Park project.
City staff continue to develop the current concept plan and will bring cost estimates to a future Parks and Natural Resources Commission meeting for review and ask the Commission to provide a project scope recommendation for a future City Council Workshop Meeting. Watch this page for project updates.
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 Park Master Planning process is underway for this community park. The goals of this process are 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 the daily recreational needs of adjacent neighborhoods.
The scope of this project has yet to be determined and will depend on the vision selected for this park after public input. Depending on what big ideas move forward, a project schedule will be developed accordingly.
Draft Concept Plan
The preliminary concept plan is based on community engagement at Woodbury Days and online survey responses. Survey results favor restoring natural spaces, natural/adventure play areas, passive recreation and trail access (paved and unpaved).
Feedback received on Miller Barn indicates the communities interest in keeping the barn as part of the park, even if there is no public access. We will continue to evaluate this amenity and how it may support potential park uses during this master planning process.
View the draft concept plan
Questions about the project can be directed to Mike Adams, parks planner, at 651-414-3435 or firstname.lastname@example.org.