Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary
About Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary (Park Map)
- Just east of downtown
- After a century of industrial use, the land lay vacant and blighted until a coalition of East Side and Lowertown residents (The Lowertown Phalen Creek Project), with the help of the City, launched an effort to purchase the land and transform it into the 27-acre Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary.
- Bluff restoration work at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary and Indian Mounds Regional Park began in April 2004.
- Today, project partners are restoring the land's ecology and working with Dakota people to interpret Carver's Cave/Waken Tipi, a sacred area in a corner of the Sancturay.
- Stormwater that previously flowed into the Mississippi River via storm sewers, is now recaptured by native plants and is stored in three separate clear water ponds and adjacent wetlands.
- Mulch, incorporated into existing sterile soil, promotes the growth of new plantings.
- Limestone rock slabs previously used in railroad operations form a waterfall, stone bridge, stairway and ponds.
- Site remediation and stabilization work is ongoing
- Restoration priorities in 2005 focussed on combating invasive species, slop stabilization, erosion control, and planting 7.5 acres of native trees.