Community park renovation gets rolling

By Anne Holzman

Plans are shaping up for a new building and refreshed grounds at Falcon Heights Community Park.

The old building, closed for several years due to its poor condition, is slated for demolition later this winter. The city has been setting aside capital funds to replace it and is putting together financing for that and other improvements expected to total $2.5 million to $3 million.

City Administrator Jack Linehan told the Bugle that applications for grants are in the works, which will affect the scope of the project.

The park, a little over 15 acres, is at the southeast corner of Cleveland and Roselawn avenues. In addition to the building, the park has community gardens, tennis and basketball courts, a baseball field and a walking trail.

Linehan told the Parks and Recreation Commission at its Nov. 6 meeting that he expected the project to start moving quickly. Engineering consultants WSB presented four possible park layouts. HCM Architects offered a mix of building styles and layouts for the commission’s consideration.

At the meeting, some citizens voiced interest in including space for disc golf, soccer and a splash pad. Some people urged the city not to change areas that “are working.”

At their Dec. 4 meeting, the commissioners reviewed public survey data and prepared recommendations to take to the City Council’s Dec. 6 workshop.

Linehan said the council would likely settle on a preliminary plan during December or early January.

Once the preliminary plans are chosen, city staff will seek bids on the work and return to the council in the spring with bids and more detailed plans. He said more public input would be sought at that point.

Linehan said skating has not been available at Community Park for several years, but there will be an ice rink and mobile warming house at Curtiss Field again this winter as weather permits. 

Anne Holzman is a Bugle freelance writer who covers Falcon Heights government.

Photo cutline: Falcon Heights plans to demolish this weathered building and erect a new one at Community Park. Photo by Lou Michaels.  

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