Park Updates

  • Lilydale Regional Park may partially or fully close due to high flood waters, construction, or other projects or circumstances.  Visit the Closures & Special Notices page for more information. 


  • The Department of Parks and Recreation is working with Great River Greening on native species restoration and invasive species management in Lilydale Regional Park. A number of trees in the area of the Brickyard Trailhead have been girdled as part of the invasive species management operations. The girdled trees are Black Locust which is an invasive tree not native to the upper Midwest, where it invades prairies, oak savannas and upland forest forming single species stands (monocultures). The Black Locust are first girdled prior to removal.  Girdling the trees is an effective way to kill the trees without producing vigorous resprouting from the stump and roots.  The trees are then removed once the tree and roots are dead.  The goal is to reduce the prevalence of Black Locust and  replanting with new, native trees to improve the native habitat and support wildlife .


Project Overview

The City of Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation has been working to implement the approved master plan for Lilydale Regional Park since 2011. The first phase of construction began with environmental remediation of the old Marina Dump Site where material was removed or recycled for reuse in the park. In 2013, the first phase of roadway and trail construction began. This work included pulling the former County Highway away from Pickerel Lake. A new parkway road was constructed along with paved trails though-out the park. Water and sanitary sewer service were installed under the new roadway to serve a future rest room building overlooking Pickerel Lake. The second phase of roadway work began in 2014. This involved the separation of the existing roadway and regional trail at a critical pinch point within the park. Existing overhead electric lines were buried and water and sanitary sewer were installed under the new roadway. The third phase of roadway improvements in Lilydale  Regional Park was completed in 2017. Work included reconstruction of 2,800 linear feet of roadway along with buried overhead electric lines and installation of water and sanitary sewer.

These projects have been funded by Clean Water Land and Legacy Funds and Metropolitan Council Capital Improvement Bonds.

Related Projects

Historic Bridge Repair

Lilydale Water St. Bridge

This bridge was originally constructed in 1894 and is now used exclusively for pedestrian and bicycle use.  The historic single-arch limestone bridge was damaged in 2014 Mississippi River flooding, and the City of Saint Paul received funding from FEMA to rehabilitate the structure. Rehabilitation included replacement of damaged stones and mortar, new paving, and stabilization. The rehabilitation and stabilization construction began in September 2017 but completion that year was prevented due to fall river flooding and the arrival of winter weather.  Construction proceeded when temperatures and river levels met project requirements. The bridge was reopened in 2019.

Current Work

The City of Saint Paul has funding to implement a portion of the Lilydale Regional Park Master Plan (see link below). We will update this website as plans are developed. 

Environmental Clean-up

An extensive recycling/reuse project was completed to address environmental cleanup sites in Lilydale Regional Park. These efforts started with the removal of vegetation that had grown through the debris pile left in Lilydale Regional Park when the old town of Lilydale was relocated out of the flood plain in the late 1970s. A dozen larger elm and box elder trees were harvested by a local company that transformed the logs into usable building materials. The remaining trees were chipped and sold to District Energy for energy production. Once the vegetation was removed, the debris piles were sorted for reuse. Existing concrete, rubble, bituminous, and stone was crushed and was stockpiled on site for roadway and picnic shelter construction within the park. Contaminated material encountered was properly handled (as per MPCA requirements) and removed from the park. This cleanup/reuse project benefited Lilydale Regional Park greatly by restoring a portion of the park that was contaminated and unusable, and brought the park back to a more natural condition.

Project Resources

Last Edited: October 18, 2022