Park Board Minutes

June 16, 2014

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Park Board was held on June 16, 2014.


Park Board Vice-Chair Tom Jenny called the meeting to order at 6:35 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


Caroline Rinker made a motion, seconded by Norman Teigen to approve the March 17 minutes. The motion passed with a 3-0 vote.          


Park System Capital Improvement Planning

The Board reviewed the scope of work for the proposed Park System Reinvestment Plan. There was agreement that an independent park system needs assessment, public engagement and future trends consideration are needed to ensure wise investment in the park system.  Following the discussion, Norman Teigen made a motion to recommend that City Council approve the Park System Reinvestment Plan, as described, at a cost of $39,800, seconded by Caroline Rinker. The motion passed with a 3-0 vote. 

Stadler reviewed the 2015-2019 Park Capital Improvement Plan and the associated Park Improvement Fund (Fund 301) Working Capital report.  It was mentioned and discussed that the Plan includes several large projects including: 2016: Cottageville Park Phase II improvements - $250,000; 2018: Burnes Park Splash Pad - $300,000; 2020: Pavilion addition for Central Park warming house - $400,000. 

Stadler mentioned that the requested Interlachen Park storage building would be considered for a 2015 project depending on the cost/feasibility and that this was relayed to the requestors.  Stadler is seeking a price quote from Northrup Construction, the contractor that rehabbed the current warming house and built the picnic shelter addition.    

Park Updates

Stadler gave an update on the Cottageville Park project schedule and the status of the Oakes Park play area improvements that are underway. 

Miscellaneous Updates

Stadler showed the new community gardens sign that will replace the current sign. 

Park Area Assignment Report

  • Abbey Bryduck: Hilltop Park, Shady Oak Beach, Shady Oak Nature Area, Minnehaha Creek Preserve – absent     
  • Bob Hatlestad: Cottageville Park, Oakes Park, Maetzold Field, Hiawatha Oaks – absent     
  • Caroline Rinker: Interlachen Park, Burnes Park, Harley Hopkins Park – nothing to report
  • 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 July 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 7:23 p.m.

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