Swede Hollow Project Announcement
August 10, 2022
Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD), City of Saint Paul and Lower Phalen Creek Project are investigating how to bring more clean water to the creek flowing through Swede Hollow Park. This 25-acre park located in Saint Paul’s East Side offers residents a quiet place to enjoy nature. The study is anticipated to conclude around the end of 2022.
Swede Hollow has a rich cultural history. The area was part of a network of villages and travel routes for Dakota people before colonization. With construction of the railroad, waves of immigrants, first from Europe, and later from Mexico, settled in the area. The city eventually converted Swede Hollow to a park with the last homes being removed in 1956. Dakota, European, and Mexican communities still have a presence in the neighborhoods surrounding Swede Hollow, and these and other communities are actively involved in the interpretation and recognition of this special place.
In addition to the existing creek in Swede Hollow, Phalen Creek once flowed through the park on its way from Lake Phalen to the Mississippi River. It was piped below ground to create room for the railroad. Today, there is great interest in restoring Phalen Creek and improving wildlife habitat and public access.
For more information, visit the City of Saint Paul’s website: Swede Hollow Park | Saint Paul Minnesota (stpaul.gov)