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St. Paul's second-largest nature preserve to open in 2015

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The city of St. Paul will begin renewing a "mishmash of tangled bramble, neglected ponds and vacant industrial buildings" to create a 42-acre nature preserve along the Mississippi River, the Pioneer Press reports.

An official groundbreaking ceremony for Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary is being held Thursday at 4 p.m. at 1200 Jackson St. with a reception following.

The future of the site located west of I-35E between Norpac Rd. and Cayuga Ave. will include walking trails, a stream channel that runs through the length of the park and a stormwater management system of filtration ponds and wetlands, according to the city's website.

The park creates a link between the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, St. Paul's largest public reserve, and McCarron's Lake in Roseville.

The newspaper says about $10 million went into planning and land acquisition for the project over the last 10 years.

Environmental cleanup begins this summer. The park is expected to fully open to the pubic in 2015.

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