Part of the Fish Lake Greenway Corridor, Valley Creek Park is a soon-to-be developed 70 acre community park in Woodbury. A master plan has been developed to "create a community park where users can explore and enjoy a natural environment, play and learn." The city will be working to preserve the natural environment while, at the same time, adding elements for the enjoyment of visitors - like play areas and walking paths.
Valley Creek Park Master Plan
The Valley Creek Park Concept includes plans for the following amenities:
- An adventure/nature play space
- Picnic areas
- Paved and unpaved trails
- Nature observation areas
- Possible trail access to Liberty Park
- Portable Restrooms
In March of 2021, the city published the a timeline plan for work on this project. If all goes according to plan, construction should start during the summer of 2021, with natural resources and restoration projects beginning the spring of 2022 and continuing for several years. The timeline for adding signage and wayfinding and constructing the paved trails has not yet been determined.
Natural Elements of Valley Creek Park
The undeveloped space currently contains wetlands, oak woodlands, a coniferous tree plantation, restored prairie and oak savanna and some retired agricultural fields. The prairie areas will be maintained. More trees will be added and the existing oak savanna will continue to be enhanced.
A trout-stream headwaters area will be maintained and buffered by vegetation with an overlook for visitors to view. Plans are in development to protect the headwaters and to educate park users on its importance.