Stormwater drainage updates at Audubon and Farwell parks

Work is in process to update stormwater drainage at two Minneapolis parks. The work involves disconnecting stormwater drainage pipes from the City’s sanitary sewer system at Audubon Park in Northeast Minneapolis and Farwell Park in North Minneapolis, and connecting them to the existing storm drain system.

While stormwater/sanitary “combined sewer” infrastructure was not prohibited when these parks were constructed, separation of these systems became mandatory after changes to the City of Minneapolis code of ordinances. The separation both protects the environment and prevents the possibility of stormwater causing sewage to back up into homes and businesses.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) has been working with the city to update stormwater drainage infrastructure throughout the park system; at Audubon and Farwell parks, the updates require extensive work and excavation.

City of Minneapolis Public Works crews are conducting the work on behalf of MPRB at both parks, with funding from MPRB’s 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan). Plans are for most of the work to be completed this winter, with final restoration in spring or early summer of 2020.

Thanks for your patience while we work to maintain Minneapolis parks.