Coldwater Spring debuts with a new look

  • Article by: TOM MEERSMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 3, 2012 - 11:28 PM

A major landscape restoration project drastically changed the historic spring area, which reopens this week. Not all are pleased.

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wildfoxSep. 3, 12 9:18 PM

When will public officials realize that what you do to the Earth you do to yourself?

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Tobias1Sep. 3, 12 9:38 PM

I'm glad that the spring, the birth place of our state where Fort Snelling got its water, will be accessible to everyone again. I can't say if I will like to changes to the vegetation that Susu Jeffries criticized, but I do like the concept of setting a contrast to nearby Minnehaha Park, and I'm looking forward to visit it often.

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itsmyboatSep. 3, 1210:02 PM

To me it sounds like a project well conceived and well executed. I look forward to visiting it now that it is reopened and over the years watching the renewal of the site as the prairie is re-established and the Coldwater Spring comes back into its own.

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budtbumSep. 3, 1211:35 PM

$2.2 million makeover. Already, more than 1,000 volunteers have donated some 7,000 hours, including removing buckthorn and garlic mustard and planting wetland plants. 12 buildings removed Parking lots and roads removed...yes that leaves big "holes" in the wilderness. But hundreds of trees are slated to be replanted... The park Service made Coldwater accessible to everybody, and will protect it for everybody. Talk about good news...but there is always the people who receive so much, and will still actually complain that this land is not being taken care of for their personal agendas...No, this process is a total gift to the community, and I for one am grateful for it!

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raleighmamaSep. 4, 1212:02 AM

It is a good thing that the National Park Service took over this valuable resource. If the Minneapolis Park Board has gotten it they would have installed a "pay parking" lot, leased a building to a restaurant, and then rented the area out for weddings.

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jarlmnSep. 4, 1212:03 AM

Gee, if the area is so dad-gummed important to the Dakota, et. al., one would think they'd have wanted to spend at least some of their own "sovereign nation" money to help restore the site.

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stwsteveSep. 4, 12 7:22 AM

There was a fair amount of research into what that site looked like originally--oak savanna. Susu and Sheldon weren't mislead, they just chose not to listen. The site looks a little barren now, but as the prairie comes back it will be outstanding. Great work!

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cavellSep. 4, 12 7:35 AM

interesting. i used to live about 1 mile away. hopefully the aircraft noise will not ruin the experience. i plan on seeing what it looks like.

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thesnackerSep. 4, 12 7:38 AM

Yes, in the absence of fire, Boxelder, sumac buckthorn and the rest moved in. so to restore the prairie it all had to be removed; its visually shocking. I have often seen this negative reaction of some people to these immediate changes because they can't realize/visualize the long term goals. To them the land has been raped.

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mikedagrouchSep. 4, 12 8:43 AM

Three cheers for the NPS! You can't always please everyone all the time, but it sounds like those in charge of this project did their heartfelt best to restore a regional landmark to the state it deserves and to best meet the needs/desires of as many stakeholders as possible. Three cheers as well for all the volunteers who helped with the project!

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