College Park is open for winter, stormwater project is put on hold


Area sledders can put College Park’s Suicide Hill back on the winter to-do list. The discovery of an unexpected elevation of groundwater has put a stormwater infiltration-and-treatment project on hold, according to Bruce Elder, sewer utility manager at St. Paul Public Works.

The $945,000 project was set to begin in early October, but the city has delayed the project “until we understand why we see this increase in water elevation,” Elder said.

The city has been monitoring the groundwater in the park for several years. The recent increase “is not consistent with readings we’ve taken over the last three years,” Elder said. The city is working with a geotechnical company to find out the source of the increased groundwater.

In the meantime, College Park will remain a construction-free zone this winter.