A regular meeting of the Hopkins Park Board was held on October 22, 2012. The meeting was held in the City Hall Raspberry Room.
The regular meeting was preceded by two short presentations.
The first presentation being the concept site plans for Cottageville Park. The Zoning and Planning Commission joined the Park Board for this presentation. Steve Stadler presented the three concepts to the group, Nancy Anderson also attended the meeting. The group comments included: would like to see a signature space created in the triangle bounded by Blake Road, Lake Street and Minnehaha Creek; they were not in favor of parking lots in the available park spaces, preferring the parallel parking along the alley on the north edge of the park; preferred concept three regarding the general layout of park features except did not like the geometric/angular layout of this concept – a blend of concept one and three was mentioned.
The second presentation was one where the Park Board members joined the Zoning & Planning Commission at their meeting wherein St. Joseph Catholic Church made a presentation on a concept plan for an addition to one of their buildings. The addition would be an expansion for the Mainstreet School of Performing Arts. The addition would significantly encroach into the 50’ setback required from Central Park. After review and discussion the Church agreed to modify its proposal to increase the setback and take other steps such as landscaping/plantings to soften the impact to the adjacent park.
Vice-Chair Jenny called the meeting to order at 7:37 pm.
Present were Park Board members: Norman Teigen, Abbey Bryduck and Tom Jenny. Absent were Bob Hatlestad and Caroline Rinker. Also present was staff liaison Steve Stadler.
Park Board members shared their input from surveys of their respective parks in regards to the positive aspects and negative aspects, or needs, of each park. Tom Jenny and Norman Teigen provided a handout of their results. It was mentioned that the goal of this exercise is to create an understanding in the City Council for the need of a more stable, secure funding source for park capital needs. Currently, the Park Board is scheduled to meet with the City Council at their work session on Dec 11th. Responding to Tom Jenny’s request, Norman Teigen agrees to apply some historical context to each of the city parks. Stadler states that he’ll propose a format for the members input to be used at the Dec 11 meeting.
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 – absent
Caroline Rinker: Interlachen Park, Burnes Park, Harley Hopkins Park – absent
Norman Teigen: Buffer Park, Park Valley Playground, Valley Park – nothing to report
Tom Jenny: Downtown Park, Elmo Park, Central Park – nothing to report
The next regular Park Board Meeting is December 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 7:52 p.m.