Effects of Roseville's parks renewal program becoming visible

(Linda E. Andersen/Review)

A lot can happen in a month--the Review took photos of Lexington Park July 19 when the steel frame of the parks shelter was going up. Now, that steel is being covered with wood panels. The building is expected to be completed in October. (submitted photo)

The nonprofit Friends of Lexington Park group hopes to raise enough money to install a climbing rock in the area designated for children ages 10 and up. (submitted photo)
If Lexington Park in Roseville looks a little different these days, it's probably because a new parks building is being constructed. When finished, it will include bathrooms, a meeting space, kitchen and warming room.
The park, located at the intersection of County Road B and Lexington Avenue, is being renovated with funds from the Roseville's $19 million parks renewal program, which was approved by the city council in 2012.
A total of six park shelters will be updated through the program, as well as improvements to the city's hockey rinks, trails, playgrounds and golf course. Staff estimates about 80 percent of the city's parks system will be affected by the renewal program.
The city also used about $415,000 to enter into a purchase agreement with the Mounds View Public School District for a 3.3-acre parcel of land adjacent to Autumn Grove Park. Percholoroethylene contamination was discovered at the site about 10 years ago, the remediation of which Roseville said it was prepared for.
The city had planned to close the purchase agreement by Aug. 19, but voted at its Aug. 11 meeting to extend the contingency date by more than four months to Dec. 31.
Buildings at Lexington Park, Sandcastle Park and Villa Park are also currently under construction; planners believe they'll be completed in October. The city expects to host open houses at each of the updated parks this fall.
Construction on the shelters in Autumn Grove Park, Oasis Park and Rosebrook Park is slated to begin this fall with an anticipated end date in December.
The Friends of Lexington Park non-profit group is also contributing to the Lexington Park project. The group hopes to raise enough money to install a climbing rock for kids. The organization reports it has raised $17,000 so far, and have another $30,000 committed to the project.
"We have continually been trying to do what we feel is right for the neighborhood and community as a whole," Friends of Lexington Park president Tom Turba said. "I personal[ly] am also interested in recruiting families and young people to make sure that in the future the park is a nice place to visit." Among the needs he anticipates: "people to tend the garden and do other simple things."
Those interested in volunteering in the park or helping raise money for the climbing rock can contact Turba by emailing TNTurba@comcast.net or via telephone at 651-489-0779.
An overview of what's been happening recently with the parks renewal program, visit www.ci.roseville.mn.us/DocumentCenter/View/14179.
Johanna Holub can be reached at jholub@lillienews.com or 651-748-7813. Follow her on Twitter @jholubnews.


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