Big Changes Coming to Meadowbrook Nature Preserve

We are excited to be moving forward with improvements to public access at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve.

Photo rendering of trailhead plaza, red open air shelter, and tall mature trees in a natural setting.
Rendering of permeable paver plaza.

Beginning in April 2019, Shirley Heinze Land Trust convened staff, board members, regional partners, and other stakeholders to conduct an assessment for Meadowbrook within its broader community context. This work helped us identify the most urgent needs to maximize Meadowbrook’s potential as a resource for community gatherings and nature-based programming.

In the fall of 2021, we will begin construction to:

  • Replace the parking lot and entry drive, including installation of a bioswale;
  • Install a public restroom;
  • Build a large open air pavilion;
  • Construct a permeable paver plaza at the trailhead area.

Meadowbrook will be closed to the public for the duration of the construction, beginning September 13. The closure will extend at least 8 weeks.

These improvements will provide more parking and programming space at Meadowbrook, as well as contribute to our ongoing efforts to make the preserve more accessible and inviting to people of all abilities and outdoor experience levels.

Section cut of Green Flush restroom structure.
Section cut of Green Flush restroom structure.

The new restroom will be a prefabricated structure with ADA compliant, flushable vault toilets that uses solar power and extreme water-conservation techniques to provide a clean, environmentally friendly experience.


Drawing of construction plans.
Drawing of parking lot improvement plans.

While Meadowbrook is closed, we urge you to check out our other nature preserves, and make sure you’re on our mailing list so you don’t miss our re-opening announcement! You can find the sign up form at the bottom of our website.