A meeting of the Hopkins Park Board Steering Committee for the Park System Reinvestment Plan was held on January 26, 2015.
Park Board Chair Norman Teigen called the meeting to order at 6:40 pm.
Present were Park Board members: Norman Teigen, Abbey Bryduck, Bob Hatlestad, Caroline Rinker and Reed Yngve. Also present was staff liaison Steve Stadler and Kevin Clarke, Hoisington-Koegler Group, Inc.
Kevin Clarke overviewed the elements of the Park Reinvestment Plan and the process to be used to develop the plan and provided feedback on the survey responses (110) to-date. After some discussion it was agreed that Burnes Park should be considered a community park vs. a neighborhood park.
Kevin went through a comprehensive PowerPoint presentation on park trends and their implications for park and recreation. Included in the presentation was new or non-traditional sport activities, splash pads, winter sports, off-leash dog areas, trail use, the rise in informal recreation, and other topics. The number one survey response to-date on how to make the neighborhood park better is “updates to rundown features”.
There was discussion on how to reach more people with the surveys, such as the upcoming State of the City, use of neighborhood publications/email and posting in the parks/warming houses. Stadler will look into the possibility of an insert along with the February Highlights publication that gets mailed with the February utility bills.
The Park Board mentioned the possibility of synthetic turf fields such as at Maetzold soccer field where there is extensive field use and the attendant risk of field damage. Also mentioned were additional soccer fields, perhaps smaller fields, and cross-country ski trails at Central and/or Valley Parks.
Kevin reviewed the next steps in the plan development process, including reviewing the final survey results, the peer community responses, and reviewing individual park needs.
The meeting adjourned at 8:05pm.
The next Park System Reinvestment Plan Steering Committee Meeting is March 16, 2015 at 6:30 pm.