Hidden Falls Regional Park - South Entrance

Overview

The master plan for Hidden Falls Crosby Farm Regional Park was adopted in June 2019. Since adoption, staff are searching for and exploring ways to fund improvement projects. As funding and opportunities become available through grant options and partnerships, the Department of Parks and Recreation will implement priority improvement projects identified and will communicate with the public. (See Master Plan Website)

Significant Flooding occurred from May-September 2019, resulting in deposition of silt within the park and substantial coverage of recreational trails. City of Saint Paul Parks Department is working to remove the silt in areas that are detrimental to the park use. Please be advised when using trails to be safe and be aware there may be construction traffic in this area.

 


 

Project Status

Flood Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has allocated funds to address the silt deposition at Hidden Falls Crosby Farm Regional Park. The response plan is currently planned to occur in two phases:
PHASE I:  Parks and Recreation Operations staff are working with contractors to remove excessive silt in the western area of Crosby Farm Park and along trails adjacent to the South Parking Lot in Hidden Falls Park. The silt will be deposited in the South Hidden Falls Parking Lot in anticipation of Phase II.
PHASE II: Reconstruction of the parking lot to reduce the amount of impervious surface and reconstruct trails to increase connection and recreational opportunities per the Master Plan recommendations for Hidden Falls Park South

Anticipated Schedule

  • December 2019-March 2020-  Phase I - Silt Removal in Hidden Falls and Crosby Farm Regional Park
  • Winter 2020- Presentation at Highland District Council (to be determined)
  • Spring 2020- Construction of new trails and parking lot in Hidden Falls Regional Park at the South Entry

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project, please contact the project manager listed above to the right side of this page.  

Project References

Master Plan Report (final) - PDF, 15MB (version updated 7/16/2019)

1970 Hidden Falls Crosby Farm Park Master Plan

2005 Crosby Farm Natural Resources Plan

 


Hidden Falls Park History

Hidden Falls Regional Park dates back to 1887, when it was selected by Horace Cleveland, a nationally known landscape architect and park planner, as one of four major park sites for the City of Saint Paul. Except for the use of a portion of the land as a tree nursery, no improvement was made in Hidden Falls Park until 1936-37, when the WPA carried out an extensive improvement program on the site. A small spring-fed waterfall is featured in the park, which gives the park its name. In the mid 1960's the park took much of its present form as work began on the park's four primary use areas: the primitive area, boat launching area, general picnic area, and scenic falls area.

Crosby Farm Park History

Crosby Farm Regional Park is named after Thomas Crosby, an English immigrant who staked out 160 acres in the valley southwest of the present-day junction of Shepard Road and Interstate 35E in 1858. Before Crosby's death in 1886, the farm became one of the largest and longest running in the West End and Highland Park area. A succession of families farmed it between 1902 and 1962. The Saint Paul Port Authority purchased the land in the early 1960s and leased it to the City for park use. Today, Crosby Farm's potential as a nature area accessible to the public is being realized. With about 6.7 miles of paved trails, the park provides a beautiful setting for an afternoon's walk, run, or ride. Trails run along shady, wooded bottom lands next to the Mississippi River, along the marshes of Crosby Lake, past scenic picnic areas, and connects to the Mississippi River Boulevard parkway. Fishing and picnics are other popular activities in the park.