Project Number: WST-2
At their meeting on September 21, 2017, the Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission approved a proposal from the Commission Engineer (Barr Engineering) to perform a feasibility study for the project which began in October 2017 and will continue through the winter. The feasibility study will develop and evaluate multiple alternatives for improving stormwater management in conjunction with the overall Westwood Hills Nature Center reconstruction project. The feasibility study will include wetland delineations, soil testing, topographic survey, tree survey, cultural resources and endangered species reviews.
The majority of funding for this water quality improvement project, estimated at $300,000, is slated to come from a tax levied on the residents of the Bassett Creek Watershed by Hennepin County in 2019.
The Westwood Lake Water Quality Improvement Project is part of a much larger project at the Westwood Hills Nature Center (WHNC), a 160-acre park located in St. Louis Park. WHNC is in the planning phase of a complete reconstruction of its facilities in 2019. A master plan for the reconstruction project was completed in May 2016 for the City of St. Louis Park. The proposed improvements in the master plan include trail circulation and wayfinding, additional parking, expanded outdoor classroom area and water garden, expanded natural play and outdoor education area, improved canoe and kayak launch, interpretive features, and new interpretive center building. As part of this project, the City of St. Louis Park is proposing to construct additional water quality improvements to treat stormwater runoff that would otherwise flow untreated to Westwood Lake. The improvements may include pervious pavers or other best management practices at the parking lot or trails, improvements to the existing stormwater pond, or vegetation management. This BCWMC project would go towards the portions of the water quality improvements that go “above and beyond” the BCWMC requirements for the WHNC project.
If you’d like to learn more about the new interpretive center proposed to be built at Westwood Hills Nature Center, plan to attend one of two information sessions, February 22 or 28, 2018, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m.
St. Louis Park city staff, parks and recreation advisory commission members and consultants will review the concept design and provide an overview of the public process that has informed the project to this point. BCWMC information about potential stormwater management features to be installed during the reconstruction project will also be available. Presentation starts at 6 p.m., followed by an opportunity to ask questions. It is a short walk uphill via a paved path from the parking lot to the nature center; please wear appropriate winter attire.
Westwood Hills Nature Center
8300 W. Franklin Ave
St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55426
Feasibility Study Proposal (Approved Sept 2017)