Current & Future Parks Projects
City of Inver Grove Heights-led Projects
Rock Island Swing Bridge Lighting Project
During the 2023 legislative session, the State of Minnesota awarded funding to Dakota County for a potential project within the City of Inver Grove Heights.
The project appropriation provides funds to add lighting or make other improvements to the Rock Island Swing Bridge (RISB) and the surrounding trail head area. The trail head, parking lot and restroom building in this area are owned and maintained by Dakota County, but the actual bridge is the City's property. Discussions have been taking place regarding the County transferring the state appropriated funds to the City for a lighting project on the bridge.
Council gave staff the direction to enter into an agreement with Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. (SEH) to begin the preliminary lighting design of the RISB. As a result, SEH worked with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission (PRAC) and staff to develop the following design options.
Option 1: This is a concept rendering of lighting of the Rock Island Swing Bridge. The interior and exterior lights could be changed to different colors. This rendering shows the variety of colors that could be displayed.
- Interior color changing of the full-length bridge
- Exterior color changing flood lighting historic section only
- This option provides an experience for both those directly on the bridge and those viewing from afar
Option 2: Example of lighting (not Rock Island Swing Bridge). Exterior lights could be changed to different colors. These photos shows an example of a color display.
- Existing all white interior lighting of the full-length bridge
- Exterior color changing flood lighting full-length of bridge
- This option provides an experience that's best viewed from afar
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We anticipate the project to begin late summer or early fall of 2024.
South Valley Park
The playground was installed, and the parking lot was expanded. Work is well underway for the new picnic shelter. A fire pit, performance area, large plza for gatherings, and final landscaping items will be installed next spring. Construction experienced delays due to various factors; the project is now expected to be completed at the end of May, 2024. In addition, the sledding hill at South Valley Park will be closed for the winter. View a list of other nearby sledding hills.
South Valley Park
Following the collaborative design work of Parks & Rec staff with consultant HKGi, in March of 2020 the City Council approved an updated South Valley Master Plan that included improvements or creation of space that the Park and Recreation Commission (PRAC) grouped in the following phases:
Phase 1: Activity Area - Construction began spring 2023
Includes construction of a new playground, a new open-air picnic shelter with kitchen, restrooms and fire pit, a performance area, a large plaza for gatherings, and an expanded parking lot.
Phase 3: Western Bluff Area (TBD) - Includes an addition of a community Garden, construction of a lookout tower and a trail link
Heritage Village Park Master Plan
The picnic shelter and shade structure have been installed, and the restroom building is taking shape. Construction experienced delays due to various factors; the project is now expected to be completed at the end of May, 2024.
Phases 1, 2 & 3 have successfully been implemented*. Phases 4 & 5 are proposing a picnic shelter, inclusive playground and splash pad with staff recommendations and estimated budget for each phase. Construction of an open-air picnic shelter (pictured below) and restroom facilities began in spring 2023.
|HVP Phase 4 Picnic Shelter Concept
*Improvements to Heritage Village Park over the last several years have included property acquisition, environmental remediation, the off-leash dog park, trails, and landscaping and were generously funded by the State of MN Bonding Grant(s), an Environmental Legacy Fund (ELF) Grant from Dakota County, and the City of Inver Grove Heights.
Skyview and Oakwood Park - Tennis Court Replacement
Skyview and Oakwood Park tennis courts are scheduled to be replaced in 2024 due to poor surface conditions.We collected resident feedback in August about these courts.
The Inver Grove Heights Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission (PRAC) reviewed:
- Your feedback
- Recreation programming needs
- Current park amenities
They have selected final designs:
- Skyview Park: 6 pickleball courts
- Oakwood Park: 2 tennis courts
The IGH PRAC is reviewing resident feedback about the court designs.
Northwest Area Parks - Two New Parks Coming Spring 2024!
New Playground Designs to View & New Park Names Announced
We asked. You answered!
With the successful completion of the first park in the Northwest Area in August 2022, the city proposed adding two new parks. One in the Peltier Reserve neighborhood (Northwest Area Park #1) and one in Highlands at Settlers Ridge (Northwest Area Parks #2).
In September 2022, we collected input from the IGH community on developing these next two parks. We are grateful for the robust response we received!
Park Names Selected
In February 2023, the community voted on their favorite names for the new parks:
- NWA Park #1 in Peltier Reserve is now Argenta Hills Park
- NWA Park #2 in Highlands at Settlers Ridge is now Overlook Ridge Park
View the complete gallery of park playground designs:
View the park locations at www.ighmn.gov/nwaparks.
Thank you for being a part of a new place to play in IGH!
Argenta Hills Park & Overlook Ridge Park are now open for residents to use! Final landscaping work will be done next spring, with a grand opening celebration planned for the summer of 2024. Please be respectful and stay out of any fenced off areas until all work is complete.
Argenta Hills Park
Overlook Ridge Park
River Heights Natural Resource Management Plan
The City of Inver Grove Heights and the Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) have partnered in the last year to prepare a Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP) for River Heights Park. This Management Plan will help guide the ecological management of the 7.7-acre park known as River Heights. Although small, it is a very valuable part of the natural corridor along the Mississippi River and provides important wildlife habitat and water quality benefits, as well as a popular community amenity.
The primary proposed restoration involves removing invasive, non-native trees, shrubs and plants throughout the site to restore the grassland to savanna and to enhance the woodland. When invasive plants are controlled, it will allow for the reintroduction of quality native plants optimal for the eco-system.
If you would like a copy of the NRMP, send an email to email@example.com or call 651-450-2582.
Veterans Memorial Greenway (formerly the Rich Valley Regional Greenway)
Dakota County is planning for a Regional Greenway which will be a County trail project. The Regional Greenway Master Plan has not yet been adopted but residents can log the Dakota County project website to learn more and comment.
Mendota Lebanon Regional Greenway
Dakota County is planning for a Mendota Lebanon Regional Greenway which will be a County trail project. The Mendota Lebanon Regional Greenway Master Plan has been adopted and can be viewed here.