Park Board Minutes

February 24, 2009

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Park Board was held on February 24, 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 8:15 p.m. 
  2. Roll Call
    Present were Park Board members:  Sharon Paulson, Molly Cummings and Doug Datta.  Brian Furan and Aaron Kuznia were absent.  Also present was City of Hopkins staff liaison Steve Stadler.
  3. Approval of Minutes for January 27, 2009 
    Molly Cummings moved and Sharon Paulson seconded a motion to approve the minutes for the January 27, 2009 meeting.  On the vote, the minutes were approved 3-0.
  4. Business
    1. Interlachen Park Improvement Planning  
      This agenda item was to recap and discuss the outcome of the second neighborhood meeting.  Molly Cummings stated that she felt using an experienced consultant to facilitate the process of engaging the neighborhood has worked well.  Members were pleased with the attendance.  After residents asked many questions and provided feedback on potential park concept plans and costs, there was a clear preference by those in attendance to keep the park layout as-is and to concentrate on play equipment, warming house, turf and picnic shelter improvements.  Brauer & Associates and staff will now prepare potential improvement plans for presentation and discussion at the April 20 Park Board Meeting.  Residents will be notified and invited to attend this meeting.   
    2. Park Board Strategic Planning:  2009-2010 Goals
      After a short discussion Sharon Paulson made a motion to approve the 2009-2010 Strategic Plan, seconded by Molly Cummings.  On the vote, the motion passed 3-0.   
    3. Park Buy-a-Bench Program
      The Park Board reviewed Stadler's memo describing program specifics and agreed with the basic elements of the program and the timelines for marketing (April - May 2009) and implementation (June 15, 2009).  Molly Cummings asked if the donations were tax deductible.  Stadler will find out and report back 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
        Small area plan design to be presented at the 3/9/09 Park Board Meeting.    
      • 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
        No update.
      • Interlachen Park Mosquito Spraying Incident
        Contacted the MN Dept of Agriculture on February 13 and was told that it is still an open investigation.
      • Nine Mile Creek Bank Stabilization/Habitat Enhancement + Three Rivers Park District regional trail projects
        No update.
      • New annual Hopkins active living community-wide event
        The event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept 12.  Event planning participants include:  HBCA, Three Rivers Park District, City staff, Park Board, Farmers' Market and others.  The event is focused on active living, celebrating the trail system, and a vibrant, walkable Hopkins downtown. More organizing meetings are planned and Stadler will keep members informed as they are scheduled.
      • Zion Lutheran Church parking lot lease agreement
        Stadler reported that it's looking doubtful that the City will construct 20 new parking stalls along the north side of 2nd Street North adjacent to Burnes Park this year during road reconstruction. Several nearby neighborhood residents are expressing opposition to the new parking area.  This could make negotiations with Zion Lutheran Church reps to lower their proposed payments more difficult as we'll not be able to make the case that the city need (park user demand) for Zion's parking lot will decrease.
    5. Park Area Assignment Report
      • Sharon Paulson: Hilltop, Buffer, Burnes Park - Sharon reports a lot of standing water at Burnes Park that is now ice.    
      • Aaron Kuznia: Maetzold Field, Interlachen Park, Shady Oak Beach - absent
      • Brian Furan: Valley Park, Central Park, Oakes Park - absent. 
      • 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 Meetings  
    The next regular Park Board Meeting is March 9, 2009; 6:30 pm at Hopkins City Hall, City Council Chambers. There is a joint City Council/Park Board Meeting at 6:30 pm on March 24 at Hopkins City Hall, Raspberry Room       
  6. Adjournment
    Sharon Paulson moved and Molly Cummings seconded a motion to adjourn. The motion carried on a 3 - 0 vote.  The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.