Wassermann Lake Preserve 

The city and Minnehaha Creek Watershed District are partners on this project. Construction is scheduled to begin in May 2020 and be substantially complete by late fall 2020. The site is approximately 33.5 acres, including 16 acres of wetland, six acres of open water, eight acres of upland park and 700 feet of stream channel. 

The park will be a year-round, natural resource-based experience rather than a traditional city park; it includes restoration of uplands, streams and wetlands. Restoration includes removal of non-native trees such as box elder, elms and ash, pruning oaks and allowing the forest floor to re-establish itself into prairie and oak savanna. Park features include: natural play areas; walking trails; boardwalk to an island and fishing pier; shelter with restrooms and interpretive signage telling the park story of the interaction between water and land. The park does not include water access for canoes or kayaks due to the site conditions--steep slopes, shallow water and wetland plants extending into the lake.

LinnCo, Inc. was awarded the construction contract at $1,839,825 with a total not-to-exceed of $2,023,810. 


View sketch drawings of park concept design. 

View park concept design boards at open house. (PDF)

View aerial photos of historic site conditions. (PDF)

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