Swede Hollow Park Master Plan

Overview

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.

Future Project Priority List Survey

Please take the one question online survey to help prioritize the list of future projects for Swede Hollow Park! Click here to go to the survey.

The survey is anticipated to close Wednesday, August 21st at 2:00 PM.

Community Engagement Survey

Lower Phalen Creek Project is leading the community engagement to collect feedback and ideas to help guide and design the future of Swede Hollow Park. Survey is closed now. Thank you for participating!

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.

Tentative 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.  Please RSVP for the event here

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.  Please RSVP for the event here.

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.  Please RSVP for the event here.

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. Please RSVP for the meeting here.

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. Please RSVP for the meeting here.

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.

Background Information