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GreenStep City Best Practices Environmental Management

Parks and Trails
no. 18

Increase active lifestyles and property values by enhancing the city's green infrastructure.
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Adopt low-impact design standards in parks and trails that infiltrate or retain all 2 inch, 24-hour stormwater events on site.

  • Green Infrastructure in Parks (US EPA: 2017) is a guide to funding partnerships and collaboration between park agencies and stormwater agencies that result in cost-saving green infrastructure on park lands.
  • The State of MN's Minimal Impact Design Standards (MIDS) include new modeling methods and credit calculations that standardize the use of a range of innovative structural and nonstructural stormwater techniques.
  • See the SITES Rating System - the most comprehensive tool for guiding and measuring landscape sustainability.
Standards exist for new parks/trails.
Standards are met in most or all parks.
Standards exist based upon the Sustainable Sites Initiative.

Elko New Market

Date action report first entered:   12/28/2015
Date of last report update:   01/22/2016

Implementation details:
All public areas in the City of Elko New Market are required to meet low-impact design standards n parks and trails that infiltrate or retain all 2 inch, 24-hour storm water events on site as development occurs. For example, when the City of Elko New Mark built Wagner Park's new shelter, it was built with efficiency and sustainability in mind. The utilities fixtures and appliances within the structure meet today's energy efficiency standards. In the interests of enhanced heating and cooling efficiency, 3-pane main entry sliding doors were installed, allowing the shelter to operate more efficiently as well as service the community from approximately April to October, as opposed to May to late September, as is often the case with park shelters in Minnesota weather. Sky lighting and ceiling air circulators allow for dramatic control over the climate indoors without the need for traditional heating and cooling systems and with the aid of motion sensors controlling the lighting systems, the city has managed to construct a facility that costs taxpayers only $30 year in gas & electric costs.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.enm.mn.us/vertical/Sites/%7B97941C7E-666C-4328-9370-1A15F984EEE3%7D/uploads/%7B3BBEE42B-DB17-4644-9380-6BF77BDC8306%7D.PDF             view file

For more information contact:
Mark Nagel (City staff)   |   mnagel@ci.enm.mn.us   |   952-461-2777

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Date action report first entered:   03/14/2011
Date of last report update:   04/27/2015

Implementation details:
Maplewood has adopted low-impact design standards in parks and trails that infiltrate and/or retain all 2 inch, 24-hour stormwater events on site. Maplewood is very proactive to low-impact design standards and stormwater.

For more information contact:
Audra Robins (City staff)   |   Audra.robins@maplewoodmn.gov   |   651-249-2125

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Saint Paul

Date action report first entered:   11/19/2014
Date of last report update:   11/19/2014

Implementation details:
Lowertown Ballpark reuse of stormwater for infiltration, irrigation and gray water use. Stormwater detention ponds planned and implemented throughout City park system. Research and design using structural soils and also Stockholm tree planting and stormwater infiltration method.

For more information contact:
Kurt Schultz (City staff)   |   kurt.schultz@ci.stpaul.mn.us   |   651-266-6590

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Date action report first entered:   10/16/2014
Date of last report update:   10/16/2014

Implementation details:
New park and trail projects are held to the same stormwater standards as any other development in the city. These requirements are detailed in Ordinance 725.04: Release rates from storm water treatment basins shall not increase over the predevelopment twenty-four (24) hour two (2) year, ten (10) year and one hundred (100) year peak storm discharge rates, based on the last ten (10) years of how that land was used.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Infiltration basins were included as part of reconstruction at Bane Park and Buffalo hills Park. Two new stormwater retention areas have been constructed at Memorial Park.

For more information contact:
Mark Ostgarden (City staff)   |   mostgarden@ci.brainerd.mn.us   |   218-828-2309

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Fergus Falls

Date action report first entered:   01/14/2016
Date of last report update:   01/14/2016

Implementation details:
There is a rain garden located in Adams Park and additional rain gardens are being planned throughout the city. We are moving toward natural grasses along river banks to reduce the water flow and filter the water prior to the water entering the river.

For more information contact:
Len Taylor (City staff)   |   len.taylor@ci.fergus-falls.mn.us   |   218-332-5418

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La Prairie

Date action report first entered:   04/14/2011

Implementation details:
Park enhancement: Not only is all water collected in the park returned to the ground, we have a plan in place to add trees and shrubs that will further aid water absorption.

Outcome measures/metrics:
We obtained a grant from GABA to purchase trees and shrubs and have volunteers that plan on completing this project in 2011.

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Date action report first entered:   01/13/2015
Date of last report update:   02/11/2015

Implementation details:
The city's standards for new parks/trails, include the requirement of "low-impact design standards in parks and trails that infiltrate or retain all 2 inch, 24 hour storm water events on site."

For more information contact:
Ryan Johnson (City staff)   |   Ryan.johnson@cityofroseville.com   |   651-792-7049

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Saint Cloud

Date action report first entered:   05/27/2011

Implementation details:
As a best management practice the City has adopted a one inch, 24-hour stormwater events on site standard. The Park Department often exceeds this standard and most recently implemented a greenhouse building construction project that applied best management practices by constrcuting wet and dry native vegetation ponds/gardens for two inch events.

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greenstep advisor
Jenna Fletcher, Program Director, Trust for Public Land: 651-999-5306, Jenna.Fletcher@tpl.org, https://www.tpl.org/our-work/minnesota