A regular meeting of the Hopkins Park Board was held on September 17, 2012.
Chair Hatlestad called the meeting to order at 6:38 pm.
Present were Park Board members: Bob Hatlestad, Norman Teigen, Abbey Bryduck, Tom Jenny and Caroline Rinker. Also present was staff liaison Steve Stadler.
After brief discussion, Norman Teigen made a motion to locate the lift station in the northwest corner area of the park (near Tyler Ave/Lake Street intersection), seconded by Bob Hatlestad. It was noted that this was the site that received the most votes during the two open houses held in the park. There was then considerable discussion regarding two possible locations, the central location along Lake Street (at the picnic shelter area) and the previously mentioned northwest corner site. The discussion centered on comparing the relative aesthetic impact of the two lift station locations and the ability to support multiple field activities either with or without the hockey rink. It was generally agreed that the central location site had the largest negative aesthetic impact to the park. Abbey Bryduck requested that the original motion be amended to also state that ultimate park layout would be determined at a future date wherein field layout and hockey rink decisions would be made to maximize park user benefit and further consider input obtained at the August open houses. Norman Teigen agreed to the amendment. Following discussion, Chair Bob Hatlestad called for a vote on the motion, which passed with a 5-0 vote.
Stadler reported that the project is complete with the exception of planting trees in the park this fall. The grand opening event will be planned for next spring. The Valley Park play area improvements are completed.
Stadler reported that he had been contacted by a resident requesting that the Board again consider constructing a dog park within the city. The resident pointed out that there are difficulties using neighboring city’s dog parks including licensing and increased user fees. Stadler reviewed the 2006 actions which led to a City Council decision not to construct a dog park. Stadler stated that considerable open space would become available upon completion of the MPCA landfill consolidation project that will begin within a few weeks and be completed in summer, 2013. It was requested that city staff collect information from nearby dog parks and provide this information to Hopkins residents. After some additional discussion, Bob Hatleson made a motion that the Park Board considers on a future date the possibility of constructing a dog park at the landfill site. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.• Park Capital Improvement Funding Stadler reviewed the goal to have the system-wide review completed for the October meeting. Stadler stated that he’d attempt to get a joint meeting scheduled for the November City Council worksession.
Stadler reported that there will be upcoming open houses at the park for area residents/stakeholders. There will be a mailing coming out soon and each Park Board member will get a copy prior to mailing and also any presentation information to be used at the open houses.
Norman Tiegen had to leave the meeting after his park assignment report.
Abbey Bryduck: Hilltop Park, Shady Oak Beach, Shady Oak Nature Area, Minnehaha Creek Preserve – nothing to report
Bob Hatlestad: Cottageville Park, Oakes Park, Maetzold Field, Hiawatha Oaks – nothing to report
Caroline Rinker: Interlachen Park, Burnes Park, Harley Hopkins Park – buckthorn is growing along the east edge of the park, the shrubs in front of the Burnes Park sign should be trimmed
Norman Teigen: Buffer Park, Park Valley Playground, Valley Park – Norman reports that he is very impressed with the results of the creek and trail construction in Valley Park
Tom Jenny: Downtown Park, Elmo Park, Central Park – nothing to report
The next regular Park Board Meeting is October 22, 2012 at 6:30 pm.
Tom Jenny made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Caroline Rinker. The motion passed with a 4 - 0 vote. The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.