Parks and Trail Projects/Construction

Inver Grove Heights Parks and Recreation oversees and maintains 27 parks covering 677 acres and Inver Wood Golf Course with 239 acres.  We strive to keep our parks clean and safe for our community and visitors to enjoy.  Our goal is to make it possible for everyone including persons of all abilities and disabilities to take advantage of the park system and their offerings.  We also strive to improve and grow our parks and their amenities to meet the needs of our community.  Below is a list of current projects happening in your parks.

River Heights Natural Resource Management Plan

The City of Inver Grove Heights and the Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) have partnered in the last year to prepare a Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP) for River Heights Park. This Management Plan will help guide the ecological management of the 7.7-acre park known as River Heights. Although small, it is a very valuable part of the natural corridor along the Mississippi River and provides important wildlife habitat and water quality benefits, as well as a popular community amenity.

The primary proposed restoration involves removing invasive, non-native trees, shrubs and plants throughout the site to restore the grassland to savanna and to enhance the woodland. When invasive plants are controlled, it will allow for the reintroduction of quality native plants optimal for the eco-system.

Virtual Neighborhood Meeting: 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 20

We would now like to invite you to a virtual meeting to share details of the NRMP for River Heights Park. The Friends of the Mississippi River and Inver Grove Heights Parks & Recreation Department will be sharing a quick slide show of what the management plan involves and will answer any questions or concerns.

To join the Virtual meeting:

The meeting will be held via Zoom at this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84348072810?pwd=WTJtSWxnMERhTWlrSFIzRXJrQmtPdz09. You will be prompted to enter the Meeting ID and password:

  • Meeting ID: 843 4807 2810
  • Password: 209356

We hope you can join us. If you are unable to join and would like a copy of the NRMP, send an email to bswoboda@invergroveheights.org or call 651-450-2582.  

A Neighborhood meeting to share more details of the NRMP for River Heights Park was originally scheduled on March 18 but due to COVID-19 the meeting was canceled.  

Heritage Village Park – Inclusive Playground, Shelter, and Restrooms

The City of Inver Grove Heights is planning for the construction of an inclusive playground, shelter, and restroom facility for 2020 if funding can be secured.  

If you are interested in donating towards the inclusive playground please visit the All Can Play IGH website.

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 Hwy 3.  More information will be made available as progress is made toward land acquisition.

North & South Valley Parks Master Plan

The City is working to update the Master Plan for North and South Valley Parks. There will be an open house on Wednesday, January 22nd from 5:30pm – 7:00pm in Community Room 1 at the Veterans Memorial Community Center to collect public feedback. 

Salem Hills Tennis and Basketball Court Project

The basketball and tennis courts at Salem Hills park will be reconstructed in 2020.  A new single tennis court, full sized basketball court and two pickleball courts will be open and ready for play in August/September of 2020.

Hwy 52 Trail

During the summer of 2020, a portion of the Hwy 52 trail between 65th and McGroarty Park will be used as a temporary road access to the Bacon/62nd St E neighborhood during the neighborhood roadway reconstruction project. 

Veterans Memorial Greenway (formerly the Rich Valley Regional Greenway)

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

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.