Park reconstruction, road construction upgrades Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park
Reconstruction of the Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park is complete, aside from some additional work on placement of wayfinding signage, trail clearing, and vegetation management.
The park contains a unique landscape of steep ravines, rolling hills, mature oak forests, and a scenic lake unlike any other park in the metro area.
The reconstruction included a road project on County Highway 19, or Keats Avenue, that relocated the park entrance from the frontage road to Highway 19.
The Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park renovation project includes a new park circulation road, four parking lots, and improvements to pedestrian paths. The trail network was improved with the addition of a new soft surface trail loop on the north half of the park. The park has about five miles of trails, which are a combination of turf, minimum maintenance, and a 1.2-mile paved trail.
The project also allowed for the restoration of native landscape, and for the removal of invasive species growing in the park.
Storm water control along the ravine will allow regional growth and an enhanced park experience. The goal of the project should protect the ravine against erosion from local flash flood events and overflow events while maintaining park use.
The new park circulation road also incorporates an updated lake outlet to accommodate water flow from the local area and water flow from the Central Draw Storage Facility Overflow Project, overseen by the South Washington Watershed District.