Park Board Minutes

October 17, 2016

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Park Board was held on October 17, 2016


Caroline Rinker, senior Park Board member, called the meeting to order at 6:33 p.m.     


Present were Park Board members: Caroline Rinker, Fozia Ali, Kyle Kaczmarek, Laura Cooper and Elizabeth Goeman. Also present was Steve Stadler, City staff liaison.


Minutes for the June 20, 2016 Park Board Meeting:

Kyle Kaczmarek made a motion to approve the minutes, seconded by Laura Cooper.  The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.       


  1. Election of Officers

    After a brief discussion on procedure for election of officers, Libby Goeman made a motion to nominate Caroline Rinker as Park Board Chair, seconded by Laura Cooper.  The motion passed with a 5-0 vote. Caroline Rinker made a motion to nominate Kyle Kaczmarek as Park Board Vice-Chair, seconded by Libby Goeman.  The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.    

  2. Park Board Action Items and Updates

    - Stadler presented an overview of the Park Capital Improvements Fund (301) working capital report.  There was some discussion about upcoming projects and a request to move the Maetzold Field play equipment project from 2018 to 2017.  A motion was made by Laura Cooper to recommend to City Council that the Maetzold Field Play Equipment project be moved up from 2018 to 2017, the motion was seconded by Libby Goeman.  The motion passed with a 5-0 vote. 

    - Stadler gave updates on the Cottageville Park Pavilion project, Oakes and Valley Parks project, Burnes Park 2017 project planning/design and the Hopkins Pavilion project.  

  3. Dog Park Request

    Stadler reported that he had received a request that the City look at the potential for an off-leash dog park within the city limits.  Stadler gave a summary of the previous work on siting a dog park within the city limits from 2006 that led to a proposal for a dog park in the area of the archery range at Valley Park.  That proposal met strong opposition from the Meadowcreek Condominium homeowners association and was subsequently not approved by the City Council. After some additional discussion about off-leash dog parks and the possibility of siting one at the old landfill site, Stadler agreed to provide a report at the Nov 21 Park Board meeting.

  4. Other Topics of Interest

    There was some discussion about the scope of the Burnes Park improvements and the Hopkins Pavilion project.   

  5. Park Area Assignment Report

    After a brief discussion about the purpose of the park assignments, the Park Board members agreed with the following Park assignments:

  • Kyle Kaczmarkek: Hilltop Park, Shady Oak Beach, Shady Oak Nature Area, Minnehaha Creek Preserve - NTR   
  • Fozia Ali: Cottageville Park, Oakes Park, Maetzold Field, Hiawatha Oaks – Absent
  • Caroline Rinker: Interlachen Park, Burnes Park, Harley Hopkins Park – Absent
  • Libby Goeman: Buffer Park, Park Valley Playground, Valley Park – NTR   
  • Laura Cooper: Downtown Park, Elmo Park, Central Park – NTR


The next regular Park Board Meeting is 6:30 p.m. onNovember 21, 2016


Libby Goeman moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Kyle Kaczmarek. The motion passed 5-0. The meeting adjourned at 8:07 p.m.

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