Park Board Minutes

March 21, 2016

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Park Board was held on March 21, 2016


Park Board Acting Chair Bob Hatlestad called the meeting to order at 6:45 p.m.     


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


Minutes for the January 11, 2016 Park Board Meeting:

Abbey Bryduck stated that the color of the proposed new park signs had not been determined at the January 11 meeting, contrary to what was stated in the proposed minutes to that meeting. Steve Stadler stated that the minutes would be revised to state that the final sign color would be determined at a later date, prior to a park sign upgrade project being initiated.  Accordingly, Bob Hatlestad made a motion to approve the minutes with the said amendment regarding the sign color, seconded by Abbey Bryduck. The motion passed with a 3-0 vote. 


  1. Park Board Action Items and Updates

    Interlachen Park Warming House Addition:  Stadler gave an update on the construction.  The construction is essentially completed with just a couple items needed for the restroom, i.e. grab bar and waste receptacle.  The new addition looks very good – it doesn’t look like there was an addition to the building.  Stadler mentioned that the City may store the propane tanks in a cage outside the Hopkins Pavilion as the ice arena now uses a battery-powered ice resurfacer. 

    2016 project updates

    Stadler’s update included: 

    - Cottageville Park Pavilion project was approved for award by City Council at its March 15 meeting.  There was some discussion about whether or not to include the fire pit area out of concern regarding maintenance and safety, but it did end up being included in the project.  Construction will start on/about April 25 and should be completed by mid-July 2016.

    - Oakes and Valley Park Shelter Renovations project final design is being completed and the bid opening is scheduled for April 13.   

    - Burnes Park Improvements.  Stadler and the architect will be meeting with a Vortex representative to discuss details of a splash pad.  Stadler will report back to the Park Board on the options to be considered.  There was some discussion about the various features that are common to splash pads and the age of users we want to target for this new park feature. 

  2. Pickleball Courts

    Stadler provided an email from Hopkins Activity Center employee Debbie Vold about the popularity of pickleball, the heavy use of the one indoor court at the Hopkins Activity Center, and the need for more indoor courts.  There was some discussion that if the Hopkins Pavilion expansion project were to be feasible there would be space and opportunity for more indoor courts, perhaps.  Otherwise, it will be tough to be able to fund additional indoor facilities within the current park improvements fund, given the many competing park improvement needs.     

  3. Park Area Assignment Report
  • Abbey Bryduck: Hilltop Park, Shady Oak Beach, Shady Oak Nature Area, Minnehaha Creek Preserve - NTR   
  • Bob Hatlestad: Cottageville Park, Oakes Park, Maetzold Field, Hiawatha Oaks – Bob shared that he felt the City staff did really well with ice building and maintenance during this past weather-shortenend skating season.     
  • Caroline Rinker: Interlachen Park, Burnes Park, Harley Hopkins Park – Absent
  • Norman Teigen: Buffer Park, Park Valley Playground, Valley Park – Absent   
  • Reed Yngve: Downtown Park, Elmo Park, Central Park – NTR


The next regular Park Board Meeting is 6:30 p.m. on April 18, 2016


Bob Hatlestad moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Abbey Bryduck.  The motion passed 3-0.  The meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

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