Ready, set, play! Grand opening of the new playground at Dickman Park took place Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, with ribbon cutting and other festivities to mark the special occasion.
Last renovated in 1991, the equipment had reached the end of its anticipated life span and no longer met current standards for playground safety and accessibility. Early spring rains delayed construction, but recent good weather has allowed the construction team to make up for lost time. Construction on neighborhood playgrounds can easily take eight weeks. Most of the playground will be engineered wood fiber mulch, with pathways of bonded rubber. Both of these surfaces meet standards for accessibility. New play equipment at the park, 636 Second St. NE, includes a combination play structure for the 5- to 12-year-old age group, a separate structure for the 2- to 5-year-old age group, some satellite equipment, swings, benches, and a picnic table. The area will be finished off with a barrier between the street and playground. Final steps to install sod and fencing are underway in anticipation of the grand opening.
Details of the project, including drawings and survey results, can be found at: tinyurl.com/qjcnnr8
This project was the result of cooperative planning between Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the St. Anthony West Neighborhood Organization (STAWNO) over the past winter and spring. STAWNO helped to publicize three public open houses, an online survey, and a public hearing to review the proposed concept. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) budget included a $200,000 capital improvement plan to cover design, construction, and administrative costs associated with playground improvements at the park. Now let the playing begin!