Park Board Minutes

August 28, 2017

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Park Board was held on September 25, 2017.


Caroline Rinker, Park Board Chair called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm


Present were Park Board members: Kyle Kaczmarek, Mohamed W arsame, Emma Figgins, Caroline Rinker and Laura Cooper (now Laura Santiago). Also present was Steve Stadler, PW Director/Park Board City staff liaison, and Jeff Feulner, WSB& Assoc.


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


Central Park Planning:
Jeff Feulner, WSB presented two Central Park schematic master plan concepts. Jeff led a discussion that covered the existing park layout and features; the proposed high, medium and low priority park features that the Park Board had previously selected; and the two proposed concept plans. Jeffs presentation included PowerPoint slides showing examples of various elements, including fitness nodes and interactive art. The Park Board discussed the concept plans at length. A revised concept plan incorporating the comments will be presented & discussed at the next Park Board meeting. (The attached WSB memorandum documents the Park Board comments regarding the two concept plans and is included as a supplement to these minutes)

Park Board action items and updates:

  • Burnes Park Improvement Project (Stadler provided an update including):
    • Delivery of structural wood for the splash pavilion and picnic shelter has been delayed by the manufacturer which will cause a delay in project completion. The beams and other wood members are expected in early October.
    • Still hoping to be able to open the playground area to the public while other project work is underway if there's a safe way to do it.
    • Most of the exterior concrete plaza areas, including the splash pad area, have been poured. We need good weather until mid-November at least to allow for the site work to continue this fall, i.e. landscape plantings & new play court.
  • 2018 Hopkins Pavilion Upgrade:
    • Design work continues, with bidding expected in the November/December 2017 timeframe.
  • Upcoming Park Projects:
    • Play court maintenance work has been completed at Burnes Park tennis courts, Oakes Park tennis courts, Cottageville Park basketball court, Valley Park basketball court. to be done this fall/next spring as schedule permits - awaiting contractor schedule
    • Elmo Park playground upgrade plans sent to Brentwood Apartment management for review/comment (reduced size 2-5 play area only+ play court upgrade
    • October 5 public meeting to present options for Park Valley Playground new play equipment and receive neighborhood feedback
    • Continued planning for Central Park Pickleball courts in conjunction with Central Park master planning, may reduce the number of courts from six to five to stay within project budget.

Park fund working capital report:
No report this month.

2018 meeting calendar
The Park Board decided on the following alternative meeting dates, due to holiday conflicts:

  • December 18, 2017
  • May 21, 2018
  • December 17, 2018

Other topics of interest:
Stadler reported that he has discussed the upcoming splash pad hours of operation with the Zion Lutheran church staff. The church has requested that the splash pad not open on Sundays before 12:00 noon. There would simply be no way to reasonably prevent park users from using the parking lot on Sunday morning and conflicting with Zion's parking needs. The Park Board concurred with the later opening time on Sundays. Stadler also mentioned that he is attempting to get a plan together with Xcel Energy to relocate underground the existing overhead electrical lines just north of the Pavilion.

Park Area Assignment Report

  • Kyle Kaczmarek: Hilltop Park, Shady Oak Beach, Shady Oak Nature Area, Minnehaha Creek Preserve – Nothing to report   
  • Emma Figgins: Cottageville Park, Oakes Park, Maetzold Field, Hiawatha Oaks – Nothing to report
  • Caroline Rinker: Interlachen Park, Burnes Park, Harley Hopkins Park – Nothing to report
  • Mohamed Warsame: Buffer Park, Park Valley Playground, Valley Park – Nothing to report
  • Laura Cooper: Downtown Park, Elmo Park, Central Park – There continues to be an apparent lighting problem at Downtown Park.


The next regular Park Board Meeting is 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 23. Stadler proposed to do a park system tour during the October meeting. A 5:30 p.m. start will be planned for the next meeting.


Kyle Kaczmarek moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Laura Santiago. The motion passed 5-0. The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

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