Stop removal of waterfall at 54th and Arden
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I have enjoyed many of my summer days Tubing, Kayaking and Fishing at the Rapids at the intersection of Arden Park and 54th street. These days may soon come to an end for myself and all the other kids and adults that enjoy the rapids the way they are. The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District would like to remove the rapids and alter the path of the creek.
From Stan Davis - Last night a meeting was held to discuss plans for changes to arden park that would include removal of the falls at 54th and creating a meandering creek within the park such that the creek would flow smoothly under the bridge. this would in effect destroy the fishing hole that has occurred past the current falls that many kids and adults are enjoying.
I have never seen so many fishermen at this spot in the 20 years I have lived on the creek.
my concern goes further than this though. we were told at the meeting that this was initiated by the Minnehaha Watershed, as opposed to the City of Edina and that it was necessary to bring the creek back to its original flow as it had been straightened out "in the 50's". when confronted that there were aerial shots from the 30s that showed the creek being straight, the presenter admitted that she didn't know when the creek was straightened. it is obvious the creek has always been straight there as the high bluff sits along the west side of Arden Park in a straight fashion.
also we were told that by some measurement, the creek was not healthy enough because there were not enough fish in it. by meandering the creek, the outside parts of the creek would become deeper and accomodate more fish is what we were told. I have no reason to doubt this. but there are plenty of fish in the creek. this is self evident by the number of predators of fish now very common on the creek..heron, egrets, and man/boys and girls. I've added an unbelievable picture of a fish taken out of the fishing hole last year.
there will be trees removed to accomodate the new path of the creek. anytime trees are removed from a body of water it opens up the area so that geese may get to that water. this would in turn keep the wood ducks away. the area in south arden park is heavily used by nesting wood ducks. geese will not only change the fauna but will bring the poop, and hissing at little kids and dogs.
arden park simply needs to have some simple things done to improve it. remove much of the buckthorn so that there are better views of the creek. open up some small vistas at certain areas with benches to create places to ponder and relax. improve paths and create others that people think are a good idea. and lastly if interested, remove the current warming house and build a better one that can be used year round.
some of the above ideas are in the proposal. but ultimately to my eye it does too much and will destroy much of the enjoyment the park brings at present. someone has got it in their mind that we need to make the creek conform to some distant metric about fish numbers. the concept was obviously misrepresented to those at the meeting last night.
how many waterfalls do we have? how much fishing do we have? again as someone living on the creek the last 20 years there is plenty of flora and fauna in arden park and minnehaha creek in this area. you just have to know how to look. the Watershed people and the Parks and Rec people want to create some kind of Disney "It's a Small World" ride through Arden Park, all in the name of making it more green. it's a false premise.
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