As the city of Greenfield prepares to hang the first official sign over its first official park, its council discussed some recommendations made by the city’s park advisory and brought forward by Bonnie Ritter, the city’s new administrator, at its March 4 meeting. Ritter, who attended the meeting, explained what the park advisory members wanted to see on the park’s sign.
For starters, it was suggested that the park’s address be on the sign. There was some discussion over this due to fact that an official address does not yet exist. This isn’t a huge hurdle, she explained; staff can assign an address and submit it to Hennepin County. Reasons for establishing an address include having it appear on GPS and mapping systems so that if an event were announced or advertised, like a reunion, those not familiar with the area could find it. Also for public safety reasons, Mayor Brad Johnson added, it was important — as the park got more visitors and hosted more events — that police and fire departments be able to quickly locate it.
The park advisory, in its recommendation, asked that the address include Greenfield Road since the existing parking lot is accessed from that road. Council Member Mike Erickson suggested that Town Hall Drive may be a more appropriate address as the building site for a future city hall is on the parkland. After some discussion, it was decided Greenfield Road would be used for the park’s address, and Ritter was directed to assign an address and go through the process of getting it registered.
In the same recommendation from the advisory, wording for a memorial plaque was discussed among councilors. The memorial was constructed and dedicated last summer. The wording the advisory suggested was “In memory of those who have gone before us,” which members of the council agreed was more encompassing than they’d decided in prior discussion. Mayor Johnson stated that it had, in fact, been a significant point that had already been discussed and one, he believed, they remained solid on. He said the council’s intent was to honor veterans and first responders, those who provided service to community and country. Councilor Tom Cook agreed, stating that the wording on the proposal was confusing.
The council approved placing the final order for the park’s main sign, but agreed to discuss the wording for the memorial at a future workshop. Ritter told the council that the memorial plate could probably wait a bit since staff had recently been out to the park and were unable to locate the rock (which is the memorial).
Greenfield Central Park has the memorial site, a picnic shelter and tables, a gravel parking lot and will soon add playground equipment to its growing of amenities.
Councilor Cook relayed to the council that he had recently become the chair of the Lake Sarah Pioneer Creek Watershed District, to which he received a “thank you” from Mayor Johnson. Cook has been representing the city to the district for the past three years and has become increasingly involved in the district and versed on the third-generation cleanup plan that involves a large part of the city and will introduce some large, mandated projects.
The next regular meeting of the Greenfield City Council is at 7 p.m. March 18 at 6390 Town Hall Drive.