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 26 days 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 23 days 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 24 days 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 23 days ago

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

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Chris Kennedy 23 days 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 22 days 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 18 days 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 18 days 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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Sarah Lenhardt 14 days 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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Elizabeth Daughton at January 12, 2017 at 3:10pm CST

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 at January 13, 2017 at 9:56am CST

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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