Minnecon Park in the City of New Ulm has long been a favorite spot to enjoy the natural amenities the Minnesota River has to offer. However, there were drawbacks to the park including a silty parking lot that was difficult to traverse during wet times and a boat launch that filled in with sand and silt from regular flooding. The deposit rendered the boat launch unusable, except for when river elevation was high.
Economic solutions were developed to revitalize the degraded park. The park was arranged and designed to maximize parking and promote ease-of-maneuverability of vehicles with and without boat trailers, all while minimizing impacts to the surrounding environmentally sensitive wetlands and river. The parking lot was sloped away from the river to reduce water pollution by directing stormwater into a small pond that prevents sediments from leaving the site.
Today, the park has an accessible boat ramp, space for community gathering, paved surface with ample parking for vehicles and boat trailers, a place to drain and clean your boat to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, and a stormwater treatment system. The park was transformed from a dark and muddy backwater to a clean and dry feature.