Centennial Lakes Park
Centennial Lakes Park is a 24-acre city park in southeast Edina, Minnesota at the site of an abandoned sand and gravel quarry. Built over a ten-year period with the first phase completed in 1992, the park features more than 1.5 miles of paved pathways meandering around a 10-acre pond and adjoining grounds. Besides being the primary amenity of the park, the central pond serves as a stormwater quality pond for the cities of Edina and Richfield and provides flood flow mitigation for the Nine Mile Creek watershed.
The original park construction included two pedestrian bridge crossings over narrow channels of the central pond to provide convenient connections between activity centers and park spaces without requiring users to circumnavigate the pond. The original bridges were designed to allow for summertime paddleboat access and wintertime ice skating and ice maintenance equipment passage. To provide clearance for these functions, the height of the bridges had to be artificially raised. However, they were not ADA compliant and the steep rise of the steps made them inaccessible for the disabled, people with strollers, and maintenance vehicles. Architecturally, the bridges' iconic features including steel lattice arches and accent lighting made them one of the most recognizable and distinctive features of the park. The bridges have frequently been used as backdrops for weddings, proms, and other special event photos.
As seen in LASN magazine, March 2020.