Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary

Nominated by: City of St. Paul Department of Parks & Recreation

Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary (formerly the Trillium Site) is a 42-acre brownfield within a heavily urbanized area transformed into a regional recreation amenity with a regional trail and stormwater system of ponds, wetlands and a reestablished daylight stream. The project – located on a narrow strip of land just west of Interstate 35E north of downtown St. Paul — is the culmination of long awaited vision of the North End community to create a nature sanctuary on an old railroad yard that fosters environmental education. The project required significant collaboration, planning, community support, and funding sources. The Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary epitomizes the triple bottom line of Green Infrastructure planning, where the social needs of the community overlap with the environmental aspirations to protect and restore key natural resources, along with the economic vitality of the neighborhood. Benefits of this project to the surrounding neighborhood will only increase in the future.

Project Financing

  • Local Capital Improvement Budget
  • State Grants (Clean Water Fund, LCCMR, Outdoor Heritage Fund)
  • Federal Grants (USEPA, FHWA)
  • Capitol Region Watershed District Grants/Partnership
  • Private Donation

Project Partners

  • City of St. Paul Departments of Parks & Recreation, Public Works, and Planning & Economic Development
  • District 6 Community Council
  • Tri-Area Block Club
  • Ramsey County
  • MPCA
  • Capitol Region Watershed District
  • Great River Greening
  • St. Paul Port Authority
  • US EPA
  • Metropolitan Council
  • HR Green
  • Interfluve
  • Impact7G
  • Braun Intertec
  • Landscape Research
  • AES
  • Bluestem Heritage Group
  • Peterson Companies

More info:

Trout Brook was featured in the Pioneer Press. Read the article here.