Andrew’s Park on track for completion this summer

By Megan Hopps

SUN PRESS Newspapers


The Champlin City council met to review the progress of the Andrew’s Park improvement project. The council and staff also heard from a resident in open forum and provided residents with an overview of upcoming city events.


Andrew’s Park: Phase III

Parks and Facilities Manager Charles Lehn gave an update on the Andrew’s Park improvement project. Currently, the project is on time and under budget.

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 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 Phase III improvements include the construction and completion of the park’s concession stand, the spectator shelter, the dugout roofs, concrete floors and new fencing. This also includes storm water drainage utilities, water main in from 117th, asphalt around the spectator and concessions area, trail modifications, various fencing modifications and electrical improvements.

Per the recommendations of the Park and Recreation Commission, slight modifications to the concessions facilities have been made to accommodate the potential sale of alcohol beginning in 2015.

This phase of the project calls for the city to place bids and approve the plans and specifications laid out by the Parks and Recreation department.



Resident Jenna Lafave inquired about owning chickens in a residential area. The city has an ordinance that restricts the possession of agricultural animals in the city. The city will issue a response to Lafave at the next meeting Monday, May 12.

The city also established polling locations for the upcoming election. The proposed polling locations for the City of Champlin are: Servant of Christ Lutheran Church, Ward 1; Champlin Ice Forum, Ward 2; Champlin Brooklyn Park Academy, Ward 3; Jackson Middle School, Ward 4. Furthermore, the council approved the contract for street reconstruction for West River Rd. at Hayden Lake Rd. intersection improvement project.



The city-wide garage sale will be Thursday, May 1 through Saturday, May 3. Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents can pick up their free map of all garage sale locations at City Hall, the Parks & Recreation building or area gas stations.

The city is hosting a recycling drop off event to be held Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Champlin Plaza shopping center parking lot. Event details are available on the city’s website.

The Champlin Garden Club is holding a spring plant sale Saturday, May 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Champlin Legion parking lot.

The next Champlin City Council work session is Monday, May 12 at 5:45 p.m. and the regularly scheduled meeting will follow at 7 p.m. in the council chambers.


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