Heritage brick campaign underway in Champlin

Bricks will be placed at Andrews Park’s entry features


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Families and businesses in Champlin have an opportunity to put their name on a piece of Andrews Park by purchasing a Heritage Brick.

While the campaign is part of an effort to raise $2 million for Andrews Parks improvements, parks facilities manager Dan Masloski said that money is not the primary purpose of the campaign.

"It’s an opportunity for people to be a part of Andrews Park and put their stamp on it," said Masloski. He said that it is a way for families to show the tradition of the Park by finding their brick when they bring their families to the Park.

Donors will be invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony. The ceremony will be an opportunity for donors to take pictures next to their brick and make etchings of their brick.

A sponsor or family brick measures 8×8 and costs $250. Each brick may contain up to six lines. An individual brick measures 4×8 and costs $75. Each brick may contain up to three lines.Lines can be engraved with up to 15 characters and spaces.

Order forms are available at the Parks and Public Works building on 11955 Champlin Drive. Forms are also online at ci.champlin.mn.us/AndresPark.html. The brick order deadline is February 8, 2013. To have two bricks placed next to each other, submit order forms together. Forms can be mailed to Andrews Park Heritage Bricks, 11955 Champlin Drive, Champlin, MN 55316. The City of Champlin has final approval on all bricks.

Champlin was awarded $220,000 from a 2012 Hennepin Youth Sports Grant which will cover about 10 percent of the improvement costs. The grant was one of the highest single project amounts awarded. Other planned improvements include a splash pad, new concession stand, dugout structure protection, renovations to the main program building, new picnic shelter, new trail connections, outdoor party rental space, new trees and planting beds, new picnic tables and a small shelter near the ball diamonds, and additional parking.