Maple Grove researches improvements to athletic sites

Also forwards swim school proposal

The Maple Grove City Council favors a concept for improvements to three athletic fields sites that could be used for football, soccer and lacrosse.

The council also moved forward with the Life Time Fitness Swim School proposal at the Monday, Aug. 7, council meeting.

FIELD IMPROVEMENTS

Also during the meeting, the council received a proposal from Hoisington, Koegler Group Inc. to research and prepare a feasibility study report for three athletic field sites, and directed the Parks and Recreation Director to execute the contract, manage the consultant and present the findings a future date.

At its July 17 work session, the council and Park Board reviewed athletic field improvement concepts for three sites. These sites included: city owned property in the southwest corner of Fernbrook Lane and 99th Avenue, Gleason Fields Community Playfield, and Weaver Lake Community Park.

City staff had previously met with the stakeholders, including Osseo School District staff and the various athletic associations to review the field improvement concepts. According to a staff report, the school district indicated an interest in the opportunities an athletic field complex would bring to the high school campus area, including the opportunity for the district to possibly lease parking and athletic fields.

Maple Grove city staff also met with the Maplebrook Soccer Association, Osseo Football Association, Maple Grove Football Association and Maple Grove Lacrosse Association to discuss the concepts and the 80/20 partnership-funding model utilized in past athletic facility improvements.

According to a staff report, Maplebrook, Maple Grove Football and Lacrosse each showed high interest in collaborating. Osseo Football was less interested but wanted to keep communication lines open.

The Maple Grove Baseball/Softball Association was presented concepts for baseball field improvements and shown the funding model, and they expressed a high level of interest.

LIFE TIME FITNESS SWIM SCHOOL

The council considered the development stage plan for the Life Time Fitness Swim School. The 17,745-square-foot school would be located at the southwest corner of the intersection of Hemlock Lane and Forestview Lane.

Community Development Director Dick Edwards said the school would offer swimming lessons for people at every skill level. There would be two swimming pools, locker rooms and a coffee bar for patrons of the school. Hours of operation would be every day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Architecture for the building was one of the bigger topics of discussion, Edwards said.

“The land use plan for the Gravel Mining Area defines these neighborhood commercial centers to be serving the local population with goods and services,” he added.

He said the challenge of integrating a building into the adjoining residential uses is represented by the school’s size and height. The building will have earth tones that blend well with the adjoining building.

Councilor Phil Leith said he did not have any concerns with the proposal.

The council voted to direct the city attorney to draft a resolution approving the development stage plan for Life Time Fitness Swim School and final plat of Arbor Lakes 8th Addition, subject to several conditions.

OTHER

In other action, the council:

PROCLAIMED Aug. 6 to 12 as Farmers Market Week in support of a national proclamation from the United States Department of Agriculture.

APPROVED the hiring of Molly Johnson-Marion to the position of Commercial Appraiser at an annual salary of $72,589, effective Aug. 28 and subject to a 12-month probationary period.

ACCEPTED the resignation of Jonathan Kerzmann from the Lake Quality Commission effective immediately.

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