Melody Lake Shoreline Restoration

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The City is restoring the shoreline at Melody Lake Park with a native plant buffer. View a map of the project area here.

Native landscapes provide many benefits including;

  • Stabilizing shorelines
  • Supporting cleaner air and water
  • Providing wildlife habitat, including pollinator habitat
  • Managing invasive plants, including Buckthorn
  • Increasing resilience in a changing climate

We want to hear from people about current and desired uses for the park, concerns, and reactions to design options. The latest information, design options, and opportunities to provide input can be found on this page.

The City is restoring the shoreline at Melody Lake Park with a native plant buffer. View a map of the project area here.

Native landscapes provide many benefits including;

  • Stabilizing shorelines
  • Supporting cleaner air and water
  • Providing wildlife habitat, including pollinator habitat
  • Managing invasive plants, including Buckthorn
  • Increasing resilience in a changing climate

We want to hear from people about current and desired uses for the park, concerns, and reactions to design options. The latest information, design options, and opportunities to provide input can be found on this page.

  • Update to City Council

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    13 Nov 2020
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    City Council will receive a project update at their November 17th City Council meeting. The update includes a summary of the project, feedback received, timeline, and funding. It also informs the Council that staff are moving the full-site buffer option, which had the most support based on feedback, to the design phase. You can view staff report to Council here.

    Staff will seek quotes from contractors this winter and ask City Council to consider approving a contract at their January 5th meeting.

  • Survey Results

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    26 Oct 2020
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    Thank you for providing your feedback! This is what we've learned;

    • Nine people responded to the survey. You can view the survey results here. Five ideas and one question were submitted.
    • Most people get to the park by walking, as opposed to biking/cycling or other modes.
    • People enjoy viewing the lake and wildlife and wish to maintain that use.
    • People seemed interested in more access to Melody Lake for fishing, swimming, and boating.
    • Melody Lake Park is used for sledding and there is a desire to keep using it for that purpose.
    • There is interest for more winter use of Melody Lake and Melody Lake Park.
    • The full site restoration was preferred by the majority of respondents, though some noted the value of open turf grass.
    • There seemed to be support for improving natural areas at other park property.
    • People are concerned about the health of Melody Lake.


    How this feedback was used;

    • The restoration project includes removal of invasive buckthorn which will open lake views from new vantage points. This seems to align well with survey responses.
    • A proposed rock landing provides year-round access to the lake and will be designed to accommodate shore fishing and/or launching small watercraft. Adding a structure such as a wood dock that extends into the lake is not in the scope of this shoreline restoration project.
    • We've learned that this is a popular spot for sledding. We can manage the space to maintain the sledding feature here with a late fall mow of native plants before the snow flies.
    • A bike rack was originally proposed but may not be necessary. We could leave it out for now and consider it if a need arises in the future.

    Bee on Blue Vervain, Lake Cornelia Shoreline Restoration, September 2020.


  • Thank you!

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    19 Oct 2020
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    Thank you for the feedback, questions, and ideas. We're working on summarizing what we've heard so far so we can share the initial feedback with you later this week.

    Monarch caterpillar munching on Milkweed at the Lake Cornelia Restoration (2020, year 1)

  • There is still time to tell us what you think!

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    19 Oct 2020
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    We're eager to hear your feedback about the two restoration options - 30 foot restoration or full site restoration.

    What do you think about design elements such as the path, bike rack, and rock landing?

    What are your concerns? What did we miss?

    Tell us what you think by taking the survey, asking a question, offering an idea, or calling or emailing a staff person.

    Braemar restoration (2016, year 1)

  • Proposed amenities

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    02 Oct 2020
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    Check out the plan view to see where we are proposing to add a path, bike rack, and rock landing.

  • Review and comment on proposed restoration options

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    30 Sep 2020
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    We're seeking your feedback on two options;

    Check out renderings to get an idea of what it would look like in real life. Compare it to existing conditions with this photo.

    Tell us what you think by taking the survey, asking a question, offering an idea, or calling or emailing a staff person.

    Thank you!

  • Existing conditions

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    30 Sep 2020
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    The shoreline at Melody Lake Park consists of turf grass, degraded shoreline, and degraded forest. Additionally, there is a lot of buckthorn crowding high-value trees and screening views of the lake. Check out a map of the existing conditions here.

  • Something to look forward to...

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    30 Sep 2020
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    The native restoration at the Braemar Academy 9 Golf Course, now in its 5th year, is a popular spot for pollinators.

    Photos from July, 2020.

  • Design options - coming soon

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    23 Sep 2020
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    We're putting together some graphics to get your feedback on design options and elements. In the meantime, consider taking 1 minute to respond to a few questions under the Survey tab.