Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary


  • Just east of downtown
  • After a century of industrial use, the land lay vacant and blighted until a coalition of East Side and Lowertown residents, with the help of the City, launched an effort to purchase the land and transform it into the 27-acre Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary
  • Bluff restoration work at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary and Indian Mounds Regional Park began in April, 2004
  • Today, project partners are restoring the land's ecology and working with Dakota people to interpret Carver's Cave/Wakan Tipi, a sacred area in a corner of the Sanctuary
  • Stormwater that previously flowed into the Mississippi River via storm sewers, is now recaptured by native plants and is stored in three separate clear water ponds and adjacent wetlands
  • Mulch, incorporated into existing sterile soil, promotes the growth of new plantings
  • Limestone rock slabs previously used in railroad operations form a waterfall, stone bridge, stairway, and ponds
  • Site remediation and stabilization work is ongoing
  • Restoration priorities in 2005 focussed on combatting invasive species, slope stabilization, erosion control, and planting 7.5 acres of native trees