MARCH 11, 2019

Mill Pond Trail/Pedestrian Bridge

 The Champlin City Council has awarded the contract for the Mill Pond Access Trails/Bridges Improvement Project 21719. The contract for the project was awarded to the low bidder Landwehr Construction, Inc. in the amount of $1,724,916.09.  Landwehr has begun construction on the Mill Pond Access Trails/Bridges Improvement Project 21719. The contractor has mobilized to start construction of the pedestrian bridge adjacent to T.H. 169.  The construction of the bridge foundation will start the week of March 11, 2019. See photo of crane that will be used to installing piling beneath the bridge foundation

The project will include the construction of a pedestrian bridge and trails along the Upper Mill Pond west of T.H. 169. The construction of the Trails and Bridges will also complete a vital off-road trail link between the Mississippi Commons Park Area (via highway under-pass) to the existing trails along the Elm Creek Greenway Corridor Trail and the Elm Creek Park Reserve. (See attached map)

 Access Trails / Cooperative Parking Lot/ Raingarden

Project includes the construction of a cooperative parking lot with Champlin United Methodist Church, a raingarden and community trail access on their property north of the Mill Pond. The Elm Creek Watershed Management Commission will provide funding for up for a portion of the construction of the rain garden and buffer plantings. This parking area w/raingarden was identified in the City’s Strategic Plan. The Raingarden improvement will treat storm water from the hard surfaces on the north side of the Mill Pond including the Church Parking Lot and the southern portion of Downs Road. The removal of phosphorous and sediments is important in reducing pollutants in the Mill Pond.

 Trunk Watermain Crossing

As part of the design review for the T.H 169 Project, City staff recognized that the existing 18-inch watermain that crosses the Elm Creek near the TH 169 Bridges, should be replaced before the Pedestrian Trail Bridge is constructed. The Elm Creek watermain crossing was originally constructed of Ductile Iron Pipe in 1979 and will be replaced in advance of the bridge construction.

Public Access

Public access to the area is an important component of the project, as the access points will be increased and connected with the access trails and bridge improvements. The Upper Mill Pond area provides stunning and views of the restored Mill Pond and will include the construction of an informational kiosk and park benches.  Several other locations provide recreational points of interest, which including fishing access and water access for canoe and kayaks have incorporated on both the Upper and Lower Mill Pond. The normal water level will be established in the Mill Pond in June of 2019. The MN DNR is expected to reestablish the Mill Pond Fishery with restocking of fish in the fall of 2019.

Since 2013, the City of Champlin has been planning and working towards restoring the water quality of the Mill Pond. The project funding in the amount of $6.3 M was secured through grants from the MN State Bonding, Environment and Natural Resource Trust Fund (ENRTF) and local funding that enabled the City to move forward with the Mill Pond Restoration and the completion of the Access Trails and Bridges.

Project Schedule

  • Begin Construction March 2019
  • Bridge Construction April 1, 2019
  • Substantial Completion July 19, 2019
  • Final Completion August 2, 2019

If you have any question or comments regarding the project, please contact Todd Tuominen, Champlin Engineering at 763-923-9120 or