Updates on the way for Margaret Park

After some perserverance from neighbors, Margaret Park will be getting $500,000 worth of new facilities, including a permanent restroom facility. Planning is underway and St. Paul Parks and Recreation staff are seeking input from nearby residents. (file photo)
After some perserverance from neighbors, Margaret Park will be getting $500,000 worth of new facilities, including a permanent restroom facility. Planning is underway and St. Paul Parks and Recreation staff are seeking input from nearby residents. (file photo)

Slowly but surely, updates are on their way for Margaret Park in Dayton's Bluff.

A neighborhood group called Stewards of Margaret Park has been advocating for new amenities for the park since the old recreation facility in the park was demolished in 2012.

After some pushing, the group secured $500,000 through the city's Capital Improvement Budget funds, which are beginning to kick in. St. Paul Parks and Recreation is in the process of making a plan for a redesign of the park.

In anticipation of a final design plan, parks staff are doing outreach at pop-up events at the park to get park users' input on how the scheduled $500,000 updates will look.

Updates will include a new permanent bathroom facility on-site, new walking paths, restored athletic fields, added signage, and more.

Jennifer Herman, a member of Stewards of Margaret Park, said she's been pushing for park improvements since her kids were little — now they're teenagers.

She said she's glad to see it coming along.

Herman took surveys of kids and families in the park, and said she heard a lot about the want for a better basketball court and a football field.

She said the park has seen more activity recently, with groups coming in the evenings for volleyball and flag football games, as well as St. Paul Roaming Rec activities through the parks department.

"It's a very busy place," she said.

St. Paul Parks and Recreation staff have done two outreach events to get neighbors' input on the project, and will do another event on Thursday, Aug. 13 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. during a picnic put on by the police department at the park.

In addition, nearby residents can also fill out an online survey to indicate their preferences for the renovation project at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/margaretpark.

— Patrick Larkin

 

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