Westwood Lake Water Quality Improvement Project

St. Louis Park

Project Number: WST-2

Project Status   |  Active

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.

At their meeting in May 2018, the BCWMC reviewed the final feasibility study and took action to pursue "Concept 3" in the study: a linear water feature that captures and treats roof runoff and provides educational activities.

At their meetings in July and August 2018, the BCWMC approved the 50% and 90% design plans, respectively.

A public hearing was held by the BCWMC on August 16, 2018 - no comments were received during the hearing. Immediately following the hearing, the BCWMC adopted a resolution officially ordering the project, certifying costs to Hennepin County for tax collection, and approving an agreement with the City of St. Louis Park to design and build the project.

Project Funding   |   Not Grant Funded

Funding for this project, estimated at $404,500, will come from a tax levied on the residents of the Bassett Creek Watershed by Hennepin County in 2019.

Project Description

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. The city is in the planning phase of a complete reconstruction of the WHNC 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 BCWMC is proposing to install a linear water feature that captures and treats roof runoff and provides educational activities.

Link to City of St. Louis Park's WHNC Reconstruction Project: https://www.stlouispark.org/government/departments...

Project Announcements

None at this time.

More Information

Resolution Ordering Project - August 16, 2018

90% Designs (approved August 16, 2018) - Presentation of 90% Designs

50% Designs (approved July 21, 2018) ~ Presentation of 50% Designs

Final Feasibility Study (Approved May 2018; concept #3 chosen by BCWMC)

Feasibility Study Proposal (Approved Sept 2017)

City of St. Louis Park WHNC reconstruction project