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Discussion: Neighborhood Parks

Edina has nearly 40 neighborhood parks, each with unique amenities, programming and users. These parks cover 1,560 acres of land in the city and play a large role in the quality of life in Edina. The feedback from this discussion will be compiled and presented to the City Council Feb. 22.

Topic: Visit Parks

How often do you visit your neighborhood park and what do you spend time doing while you are there?

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Raymond Lallier 9 months ago

I visit my park at least three times a day almost every day of the year. I walk the dog daily; play tennis weekly, weather permitting; play basketball with my sons; play Frisbee; and have neighborhood picnics at least annually. I wish our parks department officials spent more time visiting each park and seeing where maintenance and upkeep are needed. I wrote to the parks director and the public works director (who is responsible for park maintenance) about my and my neighbors' concerns. I have yet to receive a response from either department and the conditions at the park have not changed. It appears the City is more interested in the new additions which the directors can claim credit for than simple maintenance of what was an excellent park system.

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David Frenkel 9 months ago

I have a saying that certainly applies to the city of Edina...maintenance is boring and new is sexy. Edina earlier this year spent $500 on a pair of ceremonial scissors so new is very important to the city.

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Chris Kennedy 9 months ago

I go to Van Valkenburg dog park almost every day. I believe it's probably the only park in Edina that has multiple PAYING visitors (via purchase of dog park collar) 365 days a year. However, it gets very little attention from the city. Edina is a fabulous community and always leading edge. That's certainly not the case with this park.

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 9 months ago

Thank you for the feedback, Chris! What could the Parks & Recreation Department do to make it better?

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Chris Kennedy 9 months ago

Thanks for asking! Add more benches, including some in shaded areas. Make sure that there are always doggie poop bags available and that the walking path that circles the park is in good condition (i.e. sanded when it's icy, mowed regularly),

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Ben Pence 9 months ago

Van Valkenburg would also benefit from sidewalks or walking paths connecting it with the rest of Edina- it seems silly to me to have a dog park which is mainly accessible by car. There is a paved path running down Malibu Dr. and I can't imagine it would cost much to simply extend it around the block to the park entrance. Thanks for your consideration!

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Teri Ellis 9 months ago

Ever since Pamela Park received walking paths, we walk our dog most days that are not horribly cold, or wet. We also use them for bike riding in the summer. I have used this park since 1962, and can say, with the new improved walking paths, it is the best it has ever been! Thank you for upgrading it!! We REALLY appreciate the walking paths being cleared in the winter, and the parking lots cleared for cars in the winter. I can not XC ski, or walk on 62nd Street to my park, as 62nd is really NOT SAFE for walkers, especially in the winter!! It hasn't been for the 54 years I have been using it! SIDEWALKS on 62nd STREET - PLEASE!!! During the winter, we try to XC ski, on good snow days, when the snow is not crusted over with ice. We'd love to have XC ski trails surrounding the perimeter, and try to cut those in, or stay on other users trails. Ski etiquette is that you do not walk in ski trails and disturb the tracks. Thank you for providing garbage cans for depositing doggy bags! We appreciated the lights on the playing fields in the spring and fall, when it's dark before 8 or 9, so I can walk our dogs or just go for a walk after work & dinner. Knowing there are coyote's are in the woods...... I can at least see them.....!

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Teri Ellis 9 months ago

I forgot to mention how THRILLED we are to see the beginning of buckthorn removal at Pamela park !!! THANK You!!

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 8 months ago

That's great to hear. Thanks, Teri!

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Sarah Lenhardt 9 months ago

I live in the Cornelia school neighborhood and we do not have a neighborhood park. Rosalind park is more than a mile away and the school playground is not the same as a real neighborhood park. I really hope the Fred Richards project takes into account the needs of the local neighborhood as this has potential to be a neighborhood park in addition to a large community park. I would love to be able to walk to a park with my kids!

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 8 months ago

Hi, Sarah! Thank you for the feedback. The Parks & Recreation Department is holding a community meeting in regards to Fred Richards Park at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at Cornelia Elementary School, 7000 Cornelia Drive. You should think about participating there, too!

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Elizabeth Daughton 8 months ago

I am an enthusiast photographer and live in Nine Mile Village next to Bredesen Park, and close to Countryside Park. I go to both parks almost every day. I go to the parks to not only shoot photos of these beautiful sites, but also to walk on the trails. I visit these parks at least four times a week. They are an important part of my daily routine. I also shoot photos in Arden Park and in Utley Park, both sites filled with seasonal beauty. Some of my photos have appeared in the last three issues of the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District calendar. They show the trails, wildlife and woods next to the creek. Thank you for keeping the trails in Bredesen Park free of snow and ice and for maintaining the bathroom building.

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Tim Sipprell 8 months ago

I live near Todd Park and use it a lot for Tennis and things like frisbee and football with my kids. I am hoping to see some improvements to the nets and surface in the near future. The nets are pretty shot. I have also gone into the city hall and asked that park maintenance do something to relieve tennis players from the stench of dog feces that is placed in the trash can right next to the courts. It is frankly disgusting. Can you please move the garbage cans well away from the courts, or put in new cans for dog waste only? I love dogs but I don't think anyone would would appreciate a can full of dog waste at their gym or wherever they work out, and those tennis courts are where we work out! We have also had many occasions where we find dog waste not picked up in the fields at the Park. It's really too bad that happens and I know we don't live in a perfect world. I just wonder if maybe hiking up fines and posting warnings would cut down on that. That land is valuable and used by many, and nobody needs to dive into a huge pile of dog feces when they are trying to play/exercise on lovely public land.

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 8 months ago

Thank you for your feedback, Tim! I've forwarded your comment to Parks & Recreation staff to see if this is something they can take care of this summer.

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Barb Swanson 8 months ago

We use Bredesen Park frequently for walks both on the inside trails and the outside of the fence one. The biggest problem there is that it is being over run with buckthorn. Don't know if it's possible to get rid of it, but it seems that we should try. Also love to play tennis at Todd Park and bring my grandchildren regularly to play at Alden Park.

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Tyler Nelson 8 months ago

We live near Chowen, York and Strachauer Parks. We visit them multiple times weekly whether it is to have the kids play, meet with friends, host BBQs, or just out for a quick skate. We feel that the playground equipment could use a little updating but honestly, the kids just don't care. They love it regardless.

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Erin Mills 8 months ago

We live in the Fox Meadow neighborhood and the nearest park is Fox Meadow. I would love for the city to expand this park to include a playground for bigger kids. Right now it only includes a small playground for very young children. Their appears to be room to add another playground area since there is a grassy hill there too. The next nearest park to us is Walnut Ridge and that is just too far to walk for young kids. Finally, is there a way to access Fox Meadow Park without walking along Blake?

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 8 months ago

Hi, Erin! Thanks for your feedback. Unfortunately, it looks like Blake Road is the only way to access the Park, besides Fox Meadow Lane, which is a cul-de-sac. Are there sidewalks along your entire route to the Park on Blake Road? Is there anything that would make you feel safer walking along Blake Road?

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Erin Mills 8 months ago

Hi, Thanks for the response. Yes, fortunately there is a sidewalk along Blake. I don't have any ideas on how to make the walk along Blake safer (it's just such a busy road with cars going fast), but thought I'd confirm there weren't any other options besides Blake. I see paths going out of the park, but those must be to private residences. Thanks!

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Matt Co 8 months ago

My family visits Strauchauer and York Parks at least once a week 9 months out of the year and once every couple weeks during the deep winter months. We skate, play on the playground, play basketball, teach my kids to ride bikes, fly kites, sled, play soccer, and play baseball. York is a fantastic park, buy could use bathrooms (permanent of Biffs). Strauchauer could use some updates to the playground and restrooms. Could also use skating sleds for young kids. Other parks we visit less frequently are Pamela, (walking trail and playground) Chowen (soccer, basketball, and playground), Rosalind ( disc golf, great new playground, paved and unpaved trails), Centennial(paved trail, model boats), and Edinborough (gym and adventure peak). All nice Parks with recent upgrades to equipment.

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Perry Bergren 8 months ago

I use the tennis courts 3 to 4 times per week in the warmer months. Use them for son's soccer games and walking dog. Suggest building courts for pickle ball and not tying up tennis courts for that activity.

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 8 months ago

Thank you for your feedback, Perry! In what park would you like to see Pickleball courts and do you play tennis?

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Perry Bergren 8 months ago

I don't play pickleball, only tennis. There are signs up at the Garden Park courts that say the tennis courts are reserved for pickleball only at certain times of the day. I'd prefer pickleball players had their own courts to play on so the tennis courts are available for tennis players.

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Siobhan White 8 months ago

My family visits Strachauer (our local park, at the end of our block) every day (we walk the dog and take our kids to the playground). We go to Chowen and York Parks often as well. We play on the playground and have skated a few times, though the warming house isn't open that often. When it is, it is a really nice treat. They could use those "walkers" to help kids (and me) learn to skate. I agree that York is a fantastic park, and pretty much perfect as-is (nice to have natural places to play along the creek), but could use bathrooms or Port-o-Potties. Strauchauer could use some updates to the playground. We go to Edinborough and have had our kids' birthday parties there. We love the climbing structure (though at age 6 and 9, they are outgrowing it). It would be great if Strachauer Playground was updated with new climbing equipment that older kids could enjoy, too (like one of those climbing walls, or more swings and bigger slides). Removing the pebbles would be great, too. I can't tell you how filthy the kids get, and how many knees have been ripped open from the pebbles. The best thing about York and Stachauer is the natural grass.

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Joel Stegner, Community volunteer 8 months ago

I live in the Colony is the Southdale neighborhood. It is a large mixed use neighborhood with very little in the way of parks - none at all on the northern end. There are parks just outside the neighborhood, but they are inaccessible as our part of the neighborhood, with many residents, is surrounded by the Crosstown on the north and busy, pedestrian unfriendly streets. Yorktown and Centennial Lakes are on the extreme South of our neighborhood. I have a plot in the Yorktown community garden, which is about a 10+ minute drive away. That is the park I use, but solely for that purpose, as its only amenity is a skate park. When younger when I and my kids did team sports, I was a heavy user of parks around the city, but as a senior, the lack of amenities (bathrooms, benches and picnic tables) in most parks makes them less attractive. A true neighborhood park should be close enough to be in safe walking distance, which from where I live is not true.

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Mirta Sierra Calvo 8 months ago

Centennial Lakes is my daily backdrop. I love it.

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Mindy Ahler 8 months ago

I live near Weber Park and visit at least once/week. I enjoy ice skating and skiing around the park in the winter. In the summer I like to play frisbee and walk in the nearby woods. I appreciate that there is not an extensive amount of structured activities at the park and open space that is not a designated field so that there is space for creating our own activities. We also use the park regularly for neighborhood gatherings through our neighborhood association - it is central to our Morningside neighborhood identity and creates a regular informal gathering place with neighbors. New sidewalk was added last year to one side of the park and it would be wonderful to have a full loop all the way around. Since it is our neighborhood park I usually walk or bike there for activities. More bike racks please!

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Our family enjoys the parks in Edina. Our issue is getting to and from the parks in our neighborhood. There is no sidewalk to safely allow children to get to Tingdale Park. When our children were young, we would not allow them to walk to Tingdale Park by themselves because they needed to cross the busy four-way stop at Benton Ave and Tingdale Ave. Many drivers barely slow down at this intersection. The second park that our family often visits is Garden Park. We would like the short sidewalk along Hansen Road extended to Benton Ave to safely allow children to walk to the park. If we walk to Garden Park through the residential streets, there is no painted crosswalk on Hansen Road to alert drivers to residents crossing Hansen Road to get to Garden Park. Let’s make getting to and from Edina’s parks safer for our children by installing sidewalks and crosswalks.

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Gary Bartolett 8 months ago

I live across the street from Braemar so I visit the park every day. Over the past 35 years the natural area has been allowed to deteriorate into a buckthorn forest. The area is in dire need of a consistent maintenance program to promote it as a healthy floral and faunal area. From other comments here it appears that maintenance is a common problem. The City needs an overall park maintenance program in someone's budget so that keeping what we have in good condition is as important as programs. Benches, picnic tables and garbage cans would also be helpful.comment...

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Elizabeth Bellas 8 months ago

I visit Strachauer Park nearly every day in the winter, and generally twice a day in the spring, summer, and fall. Mostly I'm there walking my dog and using the off-leash area in season. Our neighborhood association has also scheduled events at Strachauer Park over the past couple of years -- "Friday Fun Nights" where neighbors come to play various lawn games, as well as neighborhood-wide potlucks for Night to Unite.

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