Revamping Andrew’s Park: Phase II near completion
By Megan Hopps
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
The parking lot has been paved and expanded, the fences and netting are up but the City of Champlin Park’s and Recreation department has bigger and better plans for Andrew’s Park.
The first phase of the project was completed last year and phase two began earlier than expected — in August.
“In the fall of last year, phase two construction began,” said Champlin’s Park and Facilities Manager, Charles Lehn. “Phase two includes a splash pad which will include a shaded shelter area residents can rent out.”
And Lehn said there’s more accommodations to come.
The programming building is getting revamped which will include locker and changing rooms for the athletes that use the park and a new concession stand. The park trails and back parking lots will be given a little TLC as well.
“The new paths will be paved asphalt instead of loose gravel,” said Lehn.
Furthermore, the new picnic shelter that’s been added will be available for residents to rent out for weddings, birthday and grad parties. “We are taking reservations now,” said Lehn.
The structure is up and the roof is going to be added next. Lehn expects the building to be ready for rent in June. Renters can schedule a time to rent online and will be charged by the hour. The park will feature new landscaping and new entrance features as well.
And, though the new facilities will have indoor rest rooms available, Lehn expects portable rest rooms will still be brought in during the summer months.
“Every year we try to pick a park to improve,” Lehn said. “Last year we worked on Reynold’s Park and next year we plan to improve Brittany Park.”
Lehn said the reason the city was looking to improve Andrew’s Park is because, “It is the city’s premiere park. It was just time for a face lift.”
The city was able to make these improvements with the help of a grant they received from Hennepin County for $220,000.
The Heritage Brick campaign is still underway at Andrew’s. Residents can purchase a 4 x 8 brick for $75 or an 8 x 8 brick for $250. Families can dedicate a brick to a loved one and the bricks will be placed at the entry features of the park. To order an inscribed brick contact Alicia Jahnke at 763-923-7198 or at [email protected] All orders must be in by Feb. 15.
For more information on park improvements or to order a Heritage Brick visit the City of Champlin’s website at www.ci.champlin.mn.us.
Contact Megan Hopps at [email protected]