Indian Mounds Regional Park Trail Reconstruction

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Overview

The City of Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation has received Metropolitan Council Legacy (Parks and Trails) and Federal Aid Funding (Transportation Alternative Program) funding to remove and reconstruct the bituminous multi-use trail throughout the park.  The trail is located at Indian Mounds Regional Park adjacent to Mounds Blvd and Burns Aves between Commercial/Plum Street and US Hwy. 61. Before proceeding with design and construction, the Department is committed to collaborating with the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC), Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPOs) and the local community to instill an understanding of the sacred lands, and to establish a respectful and responsive preservation agenda. 

Indian Mounds Regional Park is a 111 acre park within the Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood of Saint Paul. Located on top of the bluffs of the Mississippi River on the eastern side of downtown St. Paul, the park consists of river bluff, steep slopes, rolling hills, woodlands, and grassland.  It is rich in history and is the site of Indian burial mounds.  The approved 2011 Master Plan for Indian Mounds Regional Park identifies the need for trail improvements due to deteriorating trail conditions.  To reduce the amount of disturbance on sacred lands, the trail alignment will follow the existing alignment and removals will be limited to the bituminous pavement while leaving the aggregate base in place.  The Parks and Recreation Department will also remove and restore the trail system surrounding the existing burial mounds.

Federal Aid Project # 164-090-015

Meetings

Meeting 4:  Thursday, June 13, 2019 at Marian Center of Saint Paul, 200 Earl Street, Saint Paul from 5:30 - 6:30 PM

Meeting 3:  Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Marian Center of Saint Paul, 200 Earl Street, Saint Paul from 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Meeting 2:  Thursday, Nov 1, 2018 at Marian Center of Saint Paul, 200 Earl Street, Saint Paul from 5:30 - 7:00 PM

*Cultural Landscape Study:  Thursday, Nov 8, 2018 at Marian Center of Saint Paul, 200 Earl Street, Saint Paul from 5:30 - 7:00 PM
(* trail alignment was presented at the Cultural Landscape Study meeting which is a separate project associated with Indian Mounds Regional Park that is occurring simultaneously.)

Meeting 1:  Monday, May 21, 2018 at Marian Center of Saint Paul, 200 Earl Street, Saint Paul from 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Project Updates

June 21, 2019:  The public comment period has been extended to July 12th. Please see above for public meeting #4 notes and presentation. Please email Brett Hussong with any additions or corrections to the meeting notes by July 5th. The community can anticipate the next meeting to occur in July 2019.

May 20, 2019:  The 30-day comment period (ending June 13th) for the Section 4(f) De minimus review has begun. Please review the De minimus public notice and findings above and respond to Brett.Hussong@ci.stpaul.mn.us with any comments. 

December 12, 2018:  The comment period for the draft trail alignment has been extended to December 31, 2018. Please feel free to forward throughout the community, and respond to Brett.Hussong@ci.stpaul.mn.us with any comments. 

November 9, 2018:  The draft trail alignment has been posted above. Please feel free to forward throughout the community, and respond to Brett.Hussong@ci.stpaul.mn.us with any comments. 

October 17, 2018:  Archaeo-Physics, LLC is currently conducting the non-invasive geophysical study. The results and preliminary trail alignment will be presented during the second public meeting.

September 14, 2018:  Archaeo-Physics, LLC has been hired to conduct a non-invasive geophysical ground survey. The results will be available in October 2018. Also, HR Green, Inc. from St. Paul has been hired to provide professional engineering services for the trail design.

March 8, 2018:  We would like to invite you to a kickoff meeting on May 21, 2018 at Marian Center of Saint Paul, 200 Earl Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106.  Please join us to discuss the project approach, to set expectations going forward, and to review the proposed trail reconstruction alignment. Both projects will be refined according to a cultural inventory and analysis, and during the public involvement process.