Now that we've moved a lot of buckthorn out of the park, help plant some trees for the future.
About 2 years ago the park acquired land south of Minnehaha Park called Coldwater Spring. From the 1950s to the 1990s the property was occupied by the Bureau of Mines, a federal research facility. After closure in 1994 the buildings sat unused and deteriorated. Last summer the buildings were demolished and the property is being restored to an open park-like setting of open prairie and oak savannah. As part of the restoration buckthorn was cut along the bike path that is between Minnehaha Park and Fort Snelling State Park and stacked along the trail.
It's all part of building our local national park, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. The Coldwater Spring area has a long and interesting history. Typically we spend a bit of time at these events talking about the natural and cultural history of the area where we are working at a restoration event. It's a beautiful area. If you haven't been there I encourage you to check it out. It's south of 54th Street on Minnehaha Park Drive.