Park Board Minutes

January 27, 2009

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Park Board was held on January 27, 2009. The meeting was held at the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Interlachen Park neighborhood and immediately followed a neighborhood meeting on Interlachen Park improvement planning.

  1. Call to Order
    Doug Datta, Chairperson called the meeting to order at 8:17 p.m.
  2. Roll Call
    Present were Park Board members: Sharon Paulson, Molly Cummings, Aaron Kuznia, Doug Datta and Brian Furan. Also present was City of Hopkins staff liaison Steve Stadler.
  3. Approval of Minutes
    Molly Cummings moved and Brian Furan seconded a motion to approve the minutes for the December 15, 2008 meeting. On the vote, the minutes were approved 5-0.
  4. Business
    1. Interlachen Park Improvement Planning
      This agenda item was to recap and discuss the outcome of the first neighborhood meeting. Molly Cummings stated that she felt the meeting went very well and that she was glad that we had a consultant facilitating the improvement planning process. Other Park Board members generally agreed that this first meeting went well in introducing and engaging the neighborhood in the planning for the upcoming improvements and explaining the project constraints such as budget and park site limitations.
    2. Park Board Strategic Planning: 2009-2010 Goals
      This agenda item was tabled until the February 24 meeting.
    3. Park Buy-a-Bench Program
      The Park Board continued in discussion on starting a memorial bench and tree donation program for the parks. The Board was in favor of fashioning a program similar to that of Ft. Wayne, Indiana. This program offers a bench donation along with two levels of tree donation - a tree with a deed and a tree with an in-ground monument next to the tree. There was some discussion on types of benches. It was generally felt that the benches should be high-quality benches similar to those in downtown park. Program specifics will be further refined at the next meeting.
    4. Miscellaneous Updates
      • Tennis Court rehab & lease of property from School District for Central Park tennis courts
        No update at this time.
      • Rotary Trailside Improvement Project
        No update at this time.
      • Blake Road/Cottageville Park planning
        Concepts and images from the January 20 open house were distributed and discussed.
      • Central Park Ball Field #4 Improvements
        No update at this time.
      • Park Valley Playground naming & neighborhood requests
        No update at this time.
      • SW Transitway Update
        Stadler stated that the DEIS scoping process had been completed and that the station area planning effort continues.
      • Interlachen Park Mosquito Spraying Incident
        No update at this time.
      • Nine Mile Creek Bank Stabilization/Habitat Enhancement + Three Rivers Park District regional trail projects
        The Watershed District has ordered the Creek Bank Stabilization project and work will begin in the fall of 2009 on both the creek bank improvements and the new regional trail.
    5. Park Area Assignment Report
      • Sharon Paulson: Hilltop, Buffer, Burnes Park - nothing to report.
      • Aaron Kuznia: Maetzold Field, Interlachen Park, Shady Oak Beach - nothing to report.
      • Brian Furan: Valley Park, Central Park, Oakes Park - nothing to report.
      • Molly Cummings: Cottageville Park, Harley Hopkins Park, Elmo Park - nothing to report.
      • Doug Datta: Park Valley Playground, Shady Oak Nature Area, Downtown Park, Hiawatha Oaks - nothing to report.
  5. Next Scheduled Meeting
    The next regular Park Board Meeting is February 24, 2009; 6:30 pm at the St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, located at 6 Interlachen Road.
  6. Adjournment
    Aaron Kuznia moved and Sharon Paulson seconded a motion to adjourn. The motion carried on a 5 - 0 vote. The meeting adjourned at 9:26 p.m.

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