Park Board Minutes

October 20, 2014

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Park Board was held on October 20, 2014.


Park Board Chair Norman Teigen called the meeting to order at 6:33 pm.


Present were Park Board members: Norman Teigen, Abbey Bryduck, Bob Hatlestad and Reed Yngve. Also present was staff liaison Steve Stadler. Caroline Rinker arrived at 6:50 pm.

III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES FOR September 15, 2014.

Abbey Bryduck made a motion, seconded by Bob Hatlestad to approve the Sept 15 minutes. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.


Park System Capital Improvement Planning

Stadler handed out a description of the scope of services for the Park System Reinvestment Plan. He stated that the data-gathering phase is nearly completed – this work creates the baseline information for the study. The study Steering Committee is scheduled to meet on Nov 17 at 6:30 pm. It is anticipated that the meeting will include a presentation on the status of the study, PB member questions and to provide input as the effort moves forward. Stadler will provide information to each Park Board member prior to the Committee meeting.

Stadler reviewed the status of 2014 projects, the proposed 2015 CIP projects and the status of the Park Capital Improvement Fund (fund 301).

Stadler mentioned that the Interlachen Park warming house addition project is scheduled for the Nov 10 City Council Work Session. Chair Teigen stated that he plans to attend. Reed Yngve said that he may attend, as well.

Stadler provided information on the Valley Park lighting upgrade that is scheduled yet for this fall. The work will replace the current 1,000 watt halogen lamps with low wattage, low maintenance LED fixtures.

Park Updates

Stadler provided color renderings and play equipment information regarding the Cottageville Park play area improvements and provided details on safety surfacing types, proposed equipment pieces, etc. He also provided a copy of a postcard that was mailed last week to all residents within 1,000 feet of the park, about 200 addressees that provided an update on the project and included an image of the new play area.

Stadler mentioned the project schedule and cost-cutting measures included in the revised park design. Caroline Rinker stated that reduced lighting should not be a first consideration for cost reduction.

Miscellaneous Updates

No additional updates.

Park Area Assignment Report – No reports this meeting

  • Abbey Bryduck: Hilltop Park, Shady Oak Beach, Shady Oak Nature Area, Minnehaha Creek Preserve
  • Bob Hatlestad: Cottageville Park, Oakes Park, Maetzold Field, Hiawatha Oaks
  • Caroline Rinker: Interlachen Park, Burnes Park, Harley Hopkins Park
  • Norman Teigen: Buffer Park, Park Valley Playground, Valley Park
  • Reed Yngve: Downtown Park, Elmo Park, Central Park

There was a brief discussion about park assignments and what is meant by the park assignment report. No changes were proposed.

Abbey Bryduck asked for a Shady Oak Road project update. Stadler provided an update on the construction.

Reed Yngve asked about upcoming improvements for Elmo Park. Stadler stated that this park was a lower priority for upgrades due to the expansive new play area constructed by the school district at adjacent Eisenhower Elementary school. However, the dedicated revenue now in place for the park improvement fund means that future improvements can probably be planned for this small park.


The next regular Park Board Meeting is December 15, 2014 at 6:30 pm.


Bob Hatlestad moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Reed Yngve. The motion passed 5-0. The meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.

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