Hiawatha Avenue Landscape Restoration

By robb, December 3, 2013 4:42 pm

Updated August 28, 2014

The installation of the 350 trees along Hiawatha Avenue has been completed.  The trees will be watered and pruned by the project contractors for two years.  Trees are covered by a warranty during this establishment period.  Any trees that did not survive the transplant are planned for replacement in September.

Updated June 11, 2014

Hennepin County has contracted with Hoffman & McNamara to install 350 trees along Hiawatha Avenue from 32nd to 46th Streets.  The project began on June 3 with the removal of 165 poor-condition trees in the boulevards and median.  The new trees will be installed in the boulevards, median, and in the area between the LRT line and bike/ped trail.  These trees will include 16 different species proven to withstand harsh urban environments:

Scarlet Jewel Maple Autumn Blaze Maple
Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry Common Hackberry
Eastern Redbud Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn
Princeton Sentry Ginkgo Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree
Amur Maackia Pink Spire Crab
Prairifire Crab Apple Red Jewell Crab Apple
Spring Snow Crab Apple Urban Pinnacle Oak
Sentry American Linden Princeton Elm

The project will benefit the community by:

  • Enhancing corridor aesthetics
  • Improving air quality
  • Enhancing the environment for walkers, bikers, and transit users
  • Supporting area economic development

For more information, check the Project Update.

The landscaping along Hiawatha Avenue is showing its age.  The trees are in poor condition and provide inadequate tree cover.  The corridor provides a “gateway” to travelers coming to Minneapolis, yet lacks aesthetic appeal.

Hennepin County is working with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, City of Minneapolis, and the Park Board to look at ways to improve the landscaping along the area. The county has contracted with LHB to develop a landscape restoration plan for the corridor from 32nd to 46th streets.  The consultants will conduct soil testing, identify preferred tree species and other vegetation, and develop a planting scheme for the area.

Open houses in December provided community members a look at initial concepts for the area and an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments. Below are the “display boards” from the meeting showing those initial concepts.

1. Existing Conditions [2.1 MB]
2. Planting Concept Diagram [1.7 MB]
3. Intersection Planting Schemes [1.4 MB]
4. Boulevard Planting Schemes [5.3 MB]
5. Median Planting Schemes [1.5 MB]
6. Trailside Planting Schemes [1.5 MB]

A variety of trees and other plantings have been identified as preferred species for the corridor.  The links below provide additional information on those trees and plants.

The plan is slated for completion in early next year.  Pending funding, installation could begin in spring or summer 2014.

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