Park Board Minutes

August 20, 2012

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Park Board was held on August 20, 2012.    


Chair Hatlestad called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.     


Present were Park Board members:  Bob Hatlestad, Norman Teigen and Abbey Bryduck.  Absent was tom Jenny and Caroline Rinker.         


  1. A motion was made by Abbey Bryduck, seconded by Norman Teigen to approve the July 16 minutes.  The motion passed with a 3-0 vote.


  1. Oakes Park Lift Station siting

    After brief discussion, Bob Hatlestad made a motion to postpone the decision on the lift station location in the park until the September meetiong, seconded by Norman Teigen.  The motion passed with a 3-0 vote. 

  2. Update--Maetzold Field Improvement Project

    Stadler reported that the project is nearing completion with some batting cage work, outfield turf restoration and the new scoreboard install yet to be done. 

  3. Miscellaneous Updates
    1. There was considerable discussion on future capital improvement funding and needs for the park system.  Bob Hatlestad asked each member to review their respective parks and make note of the top positive attributes and also what they would consider the top improvement needed in each park.  Stadler will provide a park review form to assist the review process, as needed.  The goal is to have the system-wide review completed for the October meeting and to hold a joint meeting with City Council to get buy-in for park improvement needs and further the discussion on funding options.  

    2. Cottageville Park/Blake Road corridor plans  - Staff will receive draft concept improvement plans in September.  The Park Board will be involved in the review process.  A real estate consultant is negotiating the purchase of the second, southernmost duplex.     
    3. Southwest Transitway Project – no update this month.
    4. Nine Mile Creek Streambank and Habitat enhancement project and Nine Mile Creek regional trail project – trail and pedestrian bridge construction work has begun and should be completed by mid-September.
    5. Central Park Tennis Courts – courts need repair and work is included in the 2013 Capital Improvement Plan. 
    6. Valley Park Play Equipment Upgrade – Work is scheduled to begin in early September.  There was a suggestion that the existing metal climber could possibly be moved to Maetzold Field. 
  4. Park Area Assignment Report

    After some discussion the Park Board agreed with the following park assignments:     

    Abbey Bryduck: Hilltop Park, Shady Oak Beach, Shady Oak Nature Area, Minnehaha Creek

    Bob Hatlestad: Cottageville Park, Oakes Park, Maetzold Field, Hiawatha Oaks

    Caroline Rinker: Interlachen Park, Burnes Park, Harley Hopkins Park

    Norman Teigen: Buffer Park, Park Valley Playground, Valley Park  

    Tom Jenny: Downtown Park, Elmo Park, Central Park


The next regular Park Board Meeting is September 17, 2012 at 6:30 pm.


Norman Teigen made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Abbey Bryduck.  The motion passed with a 3 - 0 vote.  The meeting adjourned at 7:48 p.m.

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