Marthaler Park

Marthaler Park Improvements

Thanks to Pace’s Tire and Service Center for their support. You can check their website for the latest oil change and other specials.

With the influx of 2021 development projects in West St. Paul, the city’s Park Dedication fund is flush with cash and a number of planned improvements to Marthaler Park are being moved up the schedule. The changes will start with a separate project to improve the trail through Garlough and Marthaler Parks, but the major Marthaler Park improvements will begin in 2022.

The north end of Marthaler Park did see some major enhancements in 2019 with the Wentworth Avenue project, including a new parking lot, playground, volleyball, and resurfaced basketball courts.

2021 Trail Project

Work started in May on the trail through Marthaler Park. The trail is part of Dakota County’s River-to-River Greenway Trail and will connect with the Robert Street underpass that’s also currently under construction.

As part of the construction work, the two small picnic shelters will be removed and earthmoving work to trench out a better slope for the trail as it comes out of Marthaler Park toward Wentworth Avenue.

Construction will shift to the Garlough Park segment of the trail after school is out in June. The trail project is scheduled to be done by late July.

Get the city’s latest updates on the project.

Future Improvements

The plan and timeline is still being finalized, but look for these improvements (subject to change):

  • 2022:
    • Parking lot redesign and resurfacing, moving it away from the current central location and positioning it closer to the tennis courts.
    • Shoreline restoration and fishing pier.
    • Trail loop around Marthaler Lake.
  • 2023:
    • New playground located in the center of the park.
    • New large picnic shelter.
    • Modern restrooms and trailhead building.
    • Improvements to the sledding hill including clearing out some of the brush and adding a small shelter at the top of the hill.

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee is working to finalize the plan and will hold a public meeting in July or August to inform the community and get further input.

Marthaler Park Masterplan Update (2017)
This masterplan from 2017 is in the process of being updated.

Local stories happen thanks to your support.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s