The Richard T. Anderson Conservation Area in Eden Prairie was dedicated to “Dick” Anderson on September 7, 2014, 10 years after his death. Anderson was born in 1934 and spent 12 years (1983–1994) as an Eden Prairie Council member and 12 years (1971–1982) on the Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Commission. As noted at the dedication, “Dick was a leading voice in the preservation of Eden Prairie’s parks and open spaces and creation of its trail system. As a parent, teacher and community leader, he will always be remembered for his dedicated service and diligent passion for preserving land such as this conservation area.”
Anderson will be remembered for his efforts to preserve the conservation area, the establishment of the trail system and the creation of city ordinances to protect the Minnesota River Valley Bluffs. A unique aspect of the Richard T. Anderson Conservation Area is two, clear streams that originate from artesian springs. The public is seen more times than not, filling water jugs at the free source.
- Wendy Petersen Biorn // Executive Director, Carver County Historical Society