Spring Lake Park Reserve

Hastings, MN
About 10 years ago, Dakota County embarked on an extensive planning process for the Schaar’s Bluff portion of the Spring Lake Park Reserve on the Upper Mississippi River. Our work with the county continues to involve developing interpretive messaging for the park.
We provided a wide range of our services: interpretive signage; an interpretive plan; a cultural resources stewardship plan; an archaeological survey; and collaboration with project and landscape architects to design and develop the new Gathering Center. Most recently, 10 interpretive panels along the Schaar’s Bluff segment of the Mississippi River Trail convey information about vegetation and habitat restoration and management, site geology, Native American presence, and park stewardship.
“I have to compliment you on your work....it is top notch! Thanks so much for your efforts to make the Schaars Bluff project the best it can be.”
- Resource Development Manager, Dakota County
Our work ensured that the park’s unique history found meaningful expression in all aspects of design and brought clarity of purpose to the Gathering Center. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum recognized one of the park’s interpretive elements for “Outstanding Interpretive Design.”