About Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary
Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary is an approximately 42 acre site located west of I-35E between Norpac Rd. and Cayuga Ave. The recently restored nature sanctuary is part of the larger Trout Brook Greenway. The Trout Brook Regional Trail runs through the site from Jackson St. to Cayuga where it connects to the Gateway Trail.
The vision for the site was to create a nature preserve in the heart of a heavily urbanized area. The residential area to the west was at one time perched on a bluff that overlooked the Trout Brook Valley. The Trout Brook ran from McCarron’s Lake in Roseville to the Mississippi River. With the development of the railroad and surrounding industry, the creek was filled and put underground in the Trout Brook storm sewer. The natural valley was lost and, in turn, the neighborhood connection to the natural environment.
A major element of the development was the creation of a stream channel segment that runs the length of the park. The nature sanctuary development also includes a stormwater management system of filtration ponds and wetlands, restoration of pre-settlement ecosystems present in this area, a new portion of the Trout Brook Regional Trail, local connector trails, nature trails, and related amenities for the new park.
Biking Trail, Hiking Trail, Picnic Area, Mosaic Mural, and Restroom Facilities