The Parks Division is responsible for the maintenance and development of the parks, trails and open space system throughout the city. Currently, the system consists of approximately 3,290 acres of city-owned property, 148 miles of trails, 123 athletic fields, including school fields, 46 play structures, 76 sport court facilities, 55 named parks and open spaces, which includes five large community parks and more than 31 miscellaneous park buildings. The division also mows more than 540 acres of park and boulevard turf and maintains more than 14,000 trees within these mowed areas.
Bailey Lake Park, Dale Road and Woodbury Drive
Construction of this park will take place in 2020. A preliminary concept has been put together that includes a playground, shelter, multi-purpose sports fields, picnic area, gathering space, nature play trail and trail connections.
View the concept plan
Carver Lake Park new bike amenities, 3175 Century Avenue South
The city is about to break ground on new biking amenities in the park, including a new a bicycle playground for riders 18 months to 5 years, a tot track for riders 3-12 years old and a skills development area for riders 13 years and older. It will be located in the open field near the park entrance. The bike park playground will be designed to be “all-weather,” featuring a riding surface that will withstand weather, shed water and be useable at all times. The riding area will consist of a special blend of gravel for a base material and a red rock aggregate surface that will also require minimal maintenance. The bike park playground will be maintained by volunteers from the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists organization, who have also maintained the off-road cycling trail in Carver Lake Park since it opened in 2011.
The new $125,000 bike park playground will be funded entirely by a Federal Recreation Trail Program grant, which is administered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Construction will begin in September and the new bike park playground will open in spring 2020.
Bike Park rendering
Carver Lake Park playground maintence
Maintenance activities will begin Friday, Sept. 20, on the Carver Lake playground. Tasks include removing the current mulch, fabric and gravel and replacing it with new; tree trimming in the area; root removal in areas that are causing safety concerns; and assessing drainage needs. The playground will be closed during this time; work is expecting to take a few weeks. Updates will be provided as they become available.
Lakeview Knolls, 1717 Regatta Drive
A new playground for children ages 5-12 will be installed late this summer. Removal of the old structure, which is approximately 26 years old, and installation of a new playground will be timed as close together as possible to minimize closure of this park amenity. Residents near the park will receive an additional notice from the city in advance of this closure once plans are finalized. The old playground structure will be utilized by Kids Around the World, a nonprofit organization that acquires and restores used commercial playgrounds to relocate in regions affected by war or poverty. This will be the 10th playground Kids Around the World has been able to recondition from the City of Woodbury.
Oehlke Park, 8700 Bailey Lake Road
Woodbury’s first natural play area (with artificial logs and a spider net for climbing) was installed last year and will open later this summer! A large, separate playground structure, designed for children ages 5-12, also was set up in April. Construction of a new basketball court and looping trail connection began in May. Additional trees and park benches will be added to this new park, which is expected to be open to the public in late June.
Ojibway Park, 2695 Ojibway Drive
The Ojibway Park Project remains on schedule and activity will dramatically increase over the next month. Interior work continues and exterior site work will progress through the end of June with the addition of new pathways, playground equipment and landscaping around the building. Work on the Skate Park will begin early September and wrap up by the end of the month. A grand opening event for the renovated park will take place Oct. 10. More information will be provided this fall.
Ojibway Park Project
Potawatomi Park, 1201 Parkwood Drive, and Odawa Park, 1270 Parkwood Drive
Improvements will include trails, reconstructed tennis courts with new nets, fencing and color coat, new basketball court standards, stormwater and amenity improvements.
Proposed Potawatomi Park Improvements
Ridgegate Park, 7749 Dunmore Road
The new playground, designed for children ages 5-12, has been installed and is open for play. The final touches of site restoration and grass seeding will take place in the upcoming months.
Summerlin Park, Summerlin Drive
Development of this park will begin this summer. A preliminary concept includes a tot-lot play structure and trailhead. View the preliminary concept plan.
Windwood Passage Park, 6830 Thames Road
Major construction started last year and continues as part of the redevelopment project for this neighborhood park. A new playground, designed for children between ages 5-12, has New playgrounds, courts and trails coming this summer! been installed and is now open. Other exciting improvements include new basketball and tennis/pickleball courts and new trails, which will be installed early this summer. Additional trees and stormwater improvements also will take place during this time. City staff will complete site restoration, turf renovation and irrigation repairs, and tree replacements will be planted throughout the summer. The park will remain open during this time, but users should be mindful of staff and equipment.
New Trail Construction/Reconstruction
Projects include reconstruction segments of trail throughout the city, which are in poor condition and showing signs of severe surface raveling and large sections of trail in need of reconstruction.
Trail Improvement Projects
2018 Park Improvement Projects
Wedgewood Heights Park, 3790 Fairway Drive
Tennis court reconstruction will take place as part of the annual Parks Pavement Project. This project will include initial borings to verify soils, followed by a totally new surface, new paint, new 10-foot black vinyl fence, additional drainage under the courts, some upgrades to benches and bench pads, including extending bench pad to incorporate job box, some trail repair following construction and drainage installation. This work is tentatively expected to wrap up in late October.
Fairway Meadows Park, 2230 Woodcrest Drive
Project includes color coating the basketball and tennis courts and basketball net adjusted to new standards.
Parks and Playgrounds
Stonemill Farms Park, 11500 Sawmill Curve
Playground is now open! The playground surface has been replaced, as well as turf restoration and drainage improvements.