City and partners study Bassett Creek
The City of Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) is partnering with Hennepin County and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board to create a plan that restores Bassett Creek waterway between Cedar Lake Road and Glenwood Avenue. Residents can attend a community meeting on the future of Bassett Creek Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at Heritage Commons at Pond’s Edge, 350 Van White Memorial Blvd (open house at 6:30 p.m., presentation at 7 p.m.) Participants will be asked to contribute their thoughts on how Bassett Creek and land adjacent to the Creek can be transformed to reflect its historical beauty and provide for land uses that respect its urban nature.
state of Minnesota’s Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources awarded a $175,000 grant to the City of Minneapolis in 2005 to develop an implementation plan that would successfully show how Bassett Creek’s habitat and ecological features for the segment of the creek under study could be restored. An area once a meandering stream with its natural wetlands and native vegetation was straightened to stop it from flooding homes and businesses. The wetlands have since become polluted.
The end-result will be an implementation plan that addresses the nature of the creek and the highly urban character to create a more livable and exciting environment for everyone. The implementation plan will include preliminary schematic designs, a construction timetable, proposed implementation phases, and cost estimates for the final design, construction, and long-term maintenance costs.
February 20, 2007
Published Feb. 20, 2007