Parks and Trail Projects/Construction

IGH Parks & Rec oversees and maintains 28 parks. We strive to keep our parks clean and safe for our community and visitors to enjoy. We also strive to improve and grow our great parks and their amenities to meet the needs of our community. Below are a list of current projects happening in IGH Parks.

Parks Information

Safety: We care deeply about the safety of our IGH community members and visitors. We and our vendors follow several guidelines and regulations (ASTM, CSPC and ADA safety and accessibility standards) when building amenities in our parks, including our playgrounds. Learn more.

Accessibility: Our goal is to make it possible for everyone, including persons with disabilities, to take advantage of the park system and its offerings. 

We strive to make the parks available for everyone with accessible facilities and the availability of adaptive equipment. Please call 651-450-2585 to request special services. 

Salem Hills - Tennis and Basketball Courts Proposal

The City of Inver Grove Heights is considering the replacement of the 30-year-old tennis and basketball courts at Salem Hills Park in 2020. 

Current Status

We are in the process of getting plans, specifications, and geotechnical proposals for the replacement.

Neighborhood Meeting - Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m.

The City of Inver Grove Heights Parks Department is inviting you to a neighborhood meeting on Wednesday November 20, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be located at Inver Grove Heights City Hall, 8150 Barbara Ave. in the Council Chambers. This meeting will allow you to view several design concepts, project timeline and ask any questions.

We anticipate that the courts will be unavailable from April-August 2020 and apologize for any inconvenience and encourage tennis/basketball players to use our other courts located throughout the City. When weather permits courts will be open at North Valley Park, Oakwood Park, SkyView Park, Rich Valley Park, and Groveland Park.

If you’re unable to attend the meeting and have any questions or concerns, please contact Brian Swoboda, Parks Superintendent at 651-450-2582 or bswoboda@invergroveheights.org.

Heritage Village Park

Many plans are anticipated for this newest park in IGH. 

Current Status

View the Master Plan for proposals including:

  • Future Relocated Town Hall Location
  • Pavillion
  • Mississippi Regional Trail Connection

Public Meeting - Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.

The City of Inver Grove Heights will be hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 7 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Chambers, 8150 Barbara Ave. 

We invite the public to share stories, artifacts and memorabilia you may have which concern the history of the city. Discussion on the historic significance Old Town Hall and School House will also be on the agenda to determine the future use of these structures.

If you are unable to attend the meeting or have any questions or concerns, please contact Eric Carlson, Parks & Recreation Director at ecarlson@invergroveheights.org.

Seidel's Lake Park Master Plan

Master Plan - Entire Park
Master Plan - Detail
Proposed Playground - The playground was approved and is under construction for Spring-Fall 2019.


North & South Valley Park Master Plan

The City is working to update the Master Plan for North & South Valley Parks.

 
Click here

for North Valley Proposed Master Plan


Click here

for South Valley Proposed Master Plan

Click here

for a copy of the complete Master Plan for both parks
  


Information on Rich Valley Regional Greenway


Dakota County is planning for a Rich Valley Regional Greenway which will be a County trail project. The Rich Valley Regional Greenway Master Plan has not yet been adopted but residents can log into the following website to learn more and comment.

https://www.co.dakota.mn.us/parks/Planning/Greenways/Pages/rich-valley.aspx
 

Information on the Mendota Lebanon Regional Greenway

Dakota County is planning for a Mendota Lebanon Regional Greenway which will be a County trail project.  The Mendota Lebanon Regional Greenway Master Plan has been adopted and can be viewed here
   

Northwest Area Park Planning

The city is actively looking to purchase 5-10 acres of land for a park south of 70th and west of Highway 3.  More information will be made available as progress is made toward land acquisition. Click here to click for details.
   

New Dakota County Pine Bend Bluffs Trailhead Opens

The Mississippi River Trail has a new trailhead: Pine Bend Bluffs Trailhead.  The trailhead and building are located on the southern portion of the Mississippi River trail at the intersection of Courthouse Blvd and 111th St. E in Inver Grove Heights.

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The trail and trailhead are open daily 5 AM-10 PM.
The restroom building is open 8 AM-10 PM to begin, then 5 AM-10 PM later this spring; restrooms have an electronic locking system and will automatically open and close daily.
 

Information on any of these projects can be directed towards Eric Carlson, Parks and Recreation Director, at 651-450-2587 or email