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Headwaters Park Footbridge
Minnehaha Creek Footbridge Crossing
Minnetonka, MN

Headwaters Park Footbridge

• Structure ID: N/A.
• Location: River Mile 21.6.
• River Elevation: 926 Feet.
• Structure Type: Pedestrian Bridge.
• Construction: Steel Pony Truss.
• Length: 48 Feet (Estimated).
• Width: 9 Feet (Estimated).
• Height Above Water: 4 Feet (Estimated).
• Date Built: 2006.
There has been a park located at Gray's Bay Dam for many years. It once featured a boat landing. However, it was often tricky to launch and land boats only feet from the dam, and there was very little parking available. As a result, the City of Minnetonka decided to rebuild the Minnehaha Creek Headwaters Park in the mid-2000s. A shoreline stabilization project was completed in 2004, which cleaned up the lakeshore and installed a sheet pile wall along the dam embankment. The dam was upgraded in 2005 with the addition of a large observation deck. Next, a regional trail bridge and catwalk was built across the downstream side of the dam and bay in 2006. The rebuilt park had its grand opening in 2007.

The Headwaters Park Footbridge is built as a single truss placed across the downriver side of the Headwaters Control Structure dam. It rests on two wing walls that contain the water that flows out of the dam. Since the wing walls are set at an angle to the channel, the ends of the bridge are built at an angle. The footbridge leads to a longer boardwalk that crosses the bay just below the dam embankment and connects to the regional trail system.

The photo above is looking west towards the control structure and footbridge from the south shore of the Minnehaha Creek located just downstream of the dam.

Headwaters Park Footbridge
The photo above is a view looking north towards the dam site, with the footbridge located on the right side of the dam. The photo below is a view looking north across the Minnehaha Creek down the length of the bridge deck.

Headwaters Park Footbridge
Headwaters Park Footbridge
The photo above is a view of the downstream side of the footbridge as seen from the southeast corner of the structure. The photo below is a similar view from the northeast corner of the structure. Note that the dam gates are fully closed on this late autumn morning.

Headwaters Park Footbridge

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