City of Rochester, Quarry Hill Park and Nature Center

Quarry Hill Park and Nature Center

Description:

Quarry Hill Park is a 320-acre park containing a twenty-acre restored oak savanna, a prairie, historic sandstone caves, a 2-acre fishing pond, picnic facilities, and many hiking and biking trails. The park is also home to Quarry Hill Nature Center, a public resource for natural science education and exploration. The 9th Street entrance includes a picnic pavilion, ball field, tennis courts and playground.

Six grants were awarded to the City of Rochester to help acquire and develop this park. A Regional Park Grant was used to acquire 18.6 acres and one Natural and Scenic Area Grant was used to acquire 19 acres. Four Outdoor Recreation Grants were used to develop trails, picnic facilities, restrooms, a nature study area, landscaping, parking and roads.

Biome:

Deciduous Woods

Grant Funding

Regional Park Grant

      

2002 State Bonding

$200,000

Natural and Scenic Area Grant

      

1999 General Fund and MN Future Resources Fund (FRF)

$107,000

Outdoor Recreation Grant

 

1969, 1970, Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LAWCON) and MN Future Resources Fund (FRF)

$18,723

 

1978 FRF

$7,500

 

1980 State Bonding

$3,040

Location:

Quarry Hill Nature Center is located on Silver Creek Road just off County Road 22 (East Circle Drive) on the northeast edge of town. A second entrance can be accessed by 9th Street NE.

Information:

Quarry Hill Nature Center This link leads to an external site.
507-281-6114
City of Rochester - Parks This link leads to an external site.
507-281-6160