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HR Green Designed Project Honored with Community Impact Award by Minnesota Brownfields

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Minnesota Brownfields has awarded the City of St. Paul Department of Parks & Recreation its 2015 Community Impact Award for the Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary. The Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD) and City of St. Paul selected the team of HR Green and Inter-Fluve to conduct a feasibility study, develop concept plans and final design, complete three construction bid packages and provide construction oversight for the Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary and Regional Trail.

Minnesota Brownfields and members of Minnesota’s redevelopment community, Nov. 12, celebrated finalist projects that demonstrated innovation, collaboration, and exemplary results in revitalizing formerly contaminated land.  The $4 million project was completed on schedule and celebrated its Grand Opening in May 2015

Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary (formerly the Trillium Site) is a 42-acre brownfield within a heavily urbanized area transformed into a regional recreation amenity with a regional trail and stormwater system of ponds, wetlands and a reestablished daylight stream. The project – located on a narrow strip of land just west of Interstate 35E north of downtown St. Paul — is the culmination of long awaited vision of the North End community to create a nature sanctuary on an old railroad yard that fosters environmental education.

The project required significant collaboration, planning, community support, and funding sources. The Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary epitomizes the triple bottom line of Green Infrastructure planning, where the social needs of the community overlap with the environmental aspirations to protect and restore key natural resources, along with the economic vitality of the neighborhood. Benefits of this project to the surrounding neighborhood will only increase in the future.

The project includes brownfields mitigation, public art, architectural restroom facility design, bridge design, and stormwater treatment within iron-enhanced sand filter ponds, stormwater wetlands, upland habitat restoration, and over one mile of storm sewer design to obtain source water. Input from multiple government agencies and stakeholders were incorporated at all stages of the analysis.

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