|5880 2nd Street
Demolition of the existing playground equipment is anticipated to begin late August. The new equipment and picnic shelter will be installed immediately after removals with construction of the new walkways, seating areas, accessibility improvements, basketball court and other sitework to begin in late September. Given the nature of the work and heavy equipment used, the park will remain closed during construction for safety purposes. Substantial completion is expected by late October. An update will be provided later this fall as to when we can expect it to reopen.
Updated August 17, 2023
This mini park services a neighborhood with a high amount of underserved populations. It contains a popular full basketball court and playground with fencing around the perimeter and utilizes much of the park property.
General recommendations includes redevelopment with some modifications to the layout to make the most of the park land available for an improved recreational experience.
- Replace playground equipment meeting a broader range of challenge levels and age groups
- ADA compliant playground surfacing
- Add in specialty unique challenge or fitness area
- Drinking fountain
- New picnic shelter or unique shade structure
- Reconstruct full basketball court further away from the playground and include artistic elements to backstop fencing to contain balls
- Security light
Construction is set to begin in 2023.
Beginning in 2019, the City undertook a comprehensive public engagement process through a variety of methods, allowing for a better understanding of current views, desires and trends related to parks, trails and recreation.
Engagement methods included:
- Online outreach through Social PinPoint and Polco platforms
- Four-part in-person visioning series conducted by the Twin Cities LISC's Corridor Development Initiative
- Targeted outreach to specific project stakeholders including Fridley athletic associations, senior center and Fridley ISD 13
- Gathered feedback through an interactive, GIS-based story map project website
- Targeted community outreach through pop-up events
- Community survey conducted by The Morris Leatherman Company
An in-park community meeting was held on Tuesday, August 16 to allow residents to vote on playground equipment and discuss the project with City staff. Residents who could not make it to the meeting had the opportunity to give feedback via an online survey. The feedback will help decide what equipment to order for construction in 2023.