A regular meeting of the Hopkins Park Board was held on October 21, 2013.
Vice-Chair Tom Jenny called the meeting to order at 6:40 pm.
Present were Park Board members: Tom Jenny, Caroline Rinker, Abbey Bryduck and Norman Teigen. Also present was staff liaison Steve Stadler. Absent was Bob Hatlestad.
There was discussion regarding the City financial management planning work being done by Ehlers & Associates and a report on the October 8 presentation to City Council. The initial financial plan presented shows significant additional utility franchise fees going into the park improvement fund. The Park Board discussed the need to look at planning for new facilities in the parks vs. rehabbing the 50-60 year old buildings. The current CIP calls for rehabilitating the existing buildings. After lengthy discussion, each Park Board member will bring ideas to the next meeting on their respective assigned parks regarding additional park needs that should be addressed in the CIP.
Stadler showed the Park Board members a proposed $56,000 play equipment purchase from MN/WI Playground that would take advantage of a $39,000 grant from GameTime. However, it would require purchase by mid-November and delivery of the equipment by year-end. After some discussion, the Park Board approved moving ahead with the play equipment purchase and informing the affected neighborhoods of the upcoming improvements. The improvements would also include upgrading the play container to concrete edge similar to what was done at Valley Park last year and upgrading the short retaining wall along the tennis courts. Caroline Rinker made a motion to proceed with the play equipment purchase as presented, seconded by Norman Teigen. The motion passed 4-0.
Stadler mentioned that the phasing & funding plans haven’t changed. Final design work is underway and the anticipated construction start is next spring. Stadler intends to increase the play equipment budget for the project from the $120,000 included in the current CIP to $200,000.
Stadler updated the members on the Transitional Station Area Action Plan (TSAAP) and there was discussion on the current status of the project given the City of Minneapolis voting against the current two-tunnel Kenilworth LRT route with freight rail co-location. Stadler will send TSAAP plans electronically to members.
The next regular Park Board Meeting is November 18, 2013 at 6:30 pm.
Caroline Rinker moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Tom Jenny. The motion passed 3-0; Norman Teigen had to leave the meeting at 7:30 pm. The meeting adjourned at 7:37 p.m.