Swede Hollow Park is a 25 acre neighborhood park in the City of Saint Paul in the Dayton’s Bluff district.  The park provides a natural corridor in an urban setting surrounded by successional and mature trees and vegetation.  There are currently biking and hiking trails with benches throughout the park.  Existing access points include the ramp/tunnel near Hope Academy, the stairs by the parking lot on Greenbrier Street, and the recent developed parking near the trailhead at East 7th Street and Payne Ave.  The Bruce Vento Regional Trail connects to Swede Hollow Park at the parking lot.

The purpose of the Swede Hollow Park Master Plan is to produce a strategically focused plan informed by the landscape and community desires.  Priority is given to addressing park access, increasing visibility and security through design, natural resource management, and options to daylight additional segments of Phalen Creek, and historical and cultural interpretation and management.

Funding has been secured through the McNeely Foundation for developing a master plan document.

For more background information and history please refer to the References section below.

Master Plan

The Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Commission approved the Swede Hollow Park Master Plan. Thank you for participating in the master planning process!

Community Engagement

Lower Phalen Creek Project has completed the community engagement report. Here is the report for your review.

Lower Phalen Creek Project led a Hmong focus group about Swede Hollow Park master plan. Here are the feedback and comments from the focus group.

Community Engagement Schedule

*Schedule may change.  Look forward to project updates.

Community Engagement (Lower Phalen Creek Project):  October 2018 - June 2019

Site Visit 1:  Park Tour, Monday, October 29, 2018, 5:00-6:30 PM.  Meet in parking lot of HOPE Academy, 720 Payne Ave, St. Paul, MN 55130.  

Site Visit 2:  Winter Park Tour:  Swede Hollow Park Immigrants & History, Saturday, February 23, 2019, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM. Meet at Drewry Tunnel Entrance to Swede Hollow Park and dress warm as we will be outside. Lower Phalen Creek Project will be providing light refreshments after the tour.

Site Visit 3:  Spring Park Tour: Swede Hollow Park Dakota Culture & History, Saturday, March 23, 2019, 10:30 AM- 12:00 PM. Meet at Drewry Tunnel Entrance to Swede Hollow Park.  Dress accordingly for the outdoors. Lower Phalen Creek Project will be providing light refreshments after the tour.

Community Meeting 1:  Swede Hollow Park Master Plan Goals & Priorities - Wednesday, April 24 2019, 5:30-7:00 PM at HOPE Academy - Cafeteria, 720 Payne Ave, St. Paul, MN 55130. Lower Phalen Creek Project will be providing refreshments.

Community Meeting 2:  Preliminary Concepts - Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 5:30-7:00 PM at HOPE Academy - Cafeteria, 720 Payne Ave, St. Paul, MN 55130. Lower Phalen Creek Project will be providing refreshments.

Community Meeting 3:  Art in the Hollow, June 1, 2019

Community Meeting 4:  Refined Concept - Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 6:30 PM, Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Ave, St. Paul, MN 55130.

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Meeting:  Thursday, September 12th from 6:50-7:25pm at the Wellstone Community Center, 179 Robie St. E

Transportation Meeting:  Monday, September 23rd between 4:30-6:00pm. Location TBD.

Background Information

Last Edited: October 5, 2021