The construction start date for Cottageville Park on 439 Blake Road, Hopkins is weeks away.
In 2009 Hopkins created a vision for the Blake Road corridor. The city partnered with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and the Met Council to improve and expand Cottageville Park.
In 2011, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District purchased the land and demolished buildings to add park land that would help filter storm water runoff before reaching Minnehaha Creek.
The goal of this project is to improve the quality of water in Minnehaha Creek while also making the creek more visible and accessible to the community and increasing the green space along Blake Road.
“Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is very excited to be partnering with the city on aligning some of our shared goals in that plan of connected public open space, connections to Minnehaha Creek and redesign Cottageville Park,” said Project Manager Reene Clark from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.
The project is expected to be completed in September or October. The updated park will have new trails, lighting, play equipment, landscaping and a community garden. The park will also be accessible from Lake Street and Blake Road.
Public Works Director Steve Stadler stated that the city is funding about $1.5 million in construction work. The Watershed District also secured a grant from the state for $450,000 to help fund the underground storm water system in Cottageville Park.
The council will consider the bids for the project April 7. The cost of the play area could potentially include an additional $300,000.
Some of the play equipment will include a merry-go-round, slides, swings, basketball courts and a wheel house, which is a fort-like structure that will overlook the playground. There will also be a sand area at the park.
“It should be a really exciting, great space for really all ages of kids,” said Stadler.
The community garden will have five sections. The first and longest two sections will be about 45 feet long and five feet wide. There will be crushed granite walkways between the five garden sections.
Next to the garden, there will be a couple honeycrisp apple trees and cherry trees.
“It should be a great improvement from the pilot community garden that we put in a couple years ago,” said Stadler.
City staff is also looking into the potential for a park pavilion in this area.
The first phase of park construction will be the underground utility work for the storm water system.
Then, in late July or early August, park equipment is planned to be constructed.
Stadler stated, “It’s going to be an amazing transformation of that area and just be a fabulous public space to bring people into the Creek.”
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