Park Board Minutes

March 17, 2014

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Park Board was held on March 17, 2014.  


Park Board Vice-Chair Tom Jenny called the meeting to order at 6:38 pm. 


Present were Park Board members:  Tom Jenny, Norman Teigen and Caroline Rinker.  Also present was staff liaison Steve Stadler.  Absent were Bob Hatlestad, Abbey Bryduck


  1. Caroline Rinker made a motion, seconded by Norman Teigen to approve the January 27 minutes.  The motion passed with a 3-0 vote.          


  1. Consider Revision To Legislative Policy 5-G To Prohibit Use Of E-Cigarettes In Parks

    There was discussion regarding the health effect of the vapors, the direction the City is intending to go on regulating these products and the problem of not being able to determine from a distance if someone is using an e-cigarette or a tobacco cigarette.  Following the discussion, Norman Teigen made a motion to recommend to City Council that the use of e-cigarettes be prohibited in city parks, seconded by Caroline Rinker.  The motion passed with a 2-1 vote, with Tom Jenny opposed. 

  2. Park System Improvement Planning

    Stadler introduced Kevin Clark, Hoisington-Koegler Group, Inc. to present on developing City Park Master Plans.  Kevin presented several slides covering HKGIs experience in Hopkins and in preparing park system plans, the approach they would use to prepare a Hopkins plan, and some detail on the process of developing the plan.  Park Board members had several questions/comments on developing a plan for Hopkins.  They agreed that we need experienced park planners to help guide us in redeveloping our parks.  They also agreed that if we proceed with developing a plan that we would need to use more than an on-line survey to engage the public in the process.  Kevin agreed to provide a web link to a couple other completed city park plans.  Board members will review the plans and discuss the issue further at its April 21 meeting.  Stadler mentioned that the cost to develop a plan for Hopkins, as described by Kevin in his presentation, would be in the $30,000 - $40,000 range.    

  3. Park Updates
    1. Stadler provided an update on the status of the Cottageville Park planned 2014 improvements and also provided a copy of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District’s concept plan for the park. 
    2. Stadler provided an update on the planned 2014 Oakes Park improvements, stating that this work is anticipated to begin in early Spring with an estimated cost of $124,000.  The cost is above the CIP estimate of $100,000 due to the new fence work being done on the tennis courts. 
    3. Stadler presented the plan for the reconstruction of the Zion Lutheran Church parking lot and stated that we now have a 25-year agreement for the use of the parking lot.  The city and the church are sharing in the costs of the parking lot work, the estimated cost being $125,000 for each.       
  4. Miscellaneous Update
    1. There was discussion regarding a request to upgrade and relocate the existing community gardens sign.  Stadler will work on developing a redesign and installing a new sign.  It was mentioned that we should seek input from garden users on what additional needs there may be, including whether or not the creek access is sufficient.

      Stadler mentioned that he is attempting to get a quote from Rutledge Construction on the Interlachen Park warming house addition.  

  5. Park Area Assignment Report
    Abbey Bryduck:
    1. Hilltop Park
    2. Shady Oak Beach 
    3. Shady Oak Nature Area
    4. Minnehaha Creek Preserve
    Bob Hatlestad:
    1. Cottageville Park
    2. Oakes Park
    3. Maetzold Field
    4. Hiawatha Oaks
    Caroline Rinker:
    1. Interlachen Park
    2. Burnes Park
    3. Harley Hopkins Park
    Norman Teigen:
      1. Buffer Park
      2. Park Valley Playground
      3. Valley Park
    Tom Jenny (Nothing to Report):
      1. Downtown Park
      2. Elmo Park
      3. Central Park


The next regular Park Board Meeting is April 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm.


Norman Teigen moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Caroline Rinker.  The motion passed 3-0.  The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

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