Park Board Minutes

August 17, 2015

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Park Board was held on August 17, 2015.


Park Board Chair Norman Teigen called the meeting to order at 6:35 pm. 


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


Minutes for the June 15, 2015 Park Board Meeting:

Caroline Rinker made a motion, seconded by Bob Hatlestad to approve the June 15 minutes.  The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.          


  1. Park Board Action Items & Updates

    A summary of survey comments from the open house presentation were handed out and reviewed.  There was general agreement with the city’s proposed improvement priorities at the various parks.  The number of respondents varied by park from 5 (Park Valley Playground) to 28 (Burnes Park).  Eleven of the 15 Interlachen Park respondents preferred to not make the hockey boards permanent or remove the backstop. 

    Stadler reviewed the selected Oakes Park warming house & picnic shelter rehab design.

    Stadler reported that construction of the Interlachen warming house addition was underway. 

    Stadler reported on the progress of the Cottageville Park improvements.  The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of September.      

    There was much discussion on the proposed park improvement plans for 2016 – 2017 and preparation for the Sept 8 City Council work session.  The Board agreed with the proposed improvement projects which are:  2016:  Oakes Park and Valley Park warming house rehab + picnic shelter replacement, Valley Park and Hilltop Park play equipment replacement, Cottageville Park pavilion;  2017:  Burnes Park new warming house, splash pad and 205 play equipment + Cottageville Park Phase III improvements (upgrade to area bounded by the creek, Lake St and Blake Rd).  The Board decided to add a 2016 or 2017 project to install or replace the drinking fountains at parks city-wide and to add a project to upgrade park signage.  The Board felt that Elmo Park improvements should be limited to expanding the play court & adding trees. 

  2. Park Area Assignment Report –
  • Abbey Bryduck:      Hilltop Park, Shady Oak Beach, Shady Oak Nature Area, Minnehaha Creek Preserve - Abbey mentioned excessive litter in the area between the Central Park tennis courts and the Ubah Medical Academy building. 
  • Bob Hatlestad: Cottageville Park, Oakes Park, Maetzold Field, Hiawatha Oaks -  Bob mentioned that the turf was kept in great shape this past season at Maetzold Field.   
  • Caroline Rinker: Interlachen Park, Burnes Park, Harley Hopkins Park – NTR
  • Norman Teigen: Buffer Park, Park Valley Playground, Valley Park – NTR  
  • Reed Yngve: Downtown Park, Elmo Park, Central Park – NTR


The next regular Park Board Meeting is 6:30 pm on September 21, 2015. 


Caroline Rinker moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Bob Hatlestad.  The motion passed 5-0.  The meeting adjourned at 7:43 p.m.

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