Ed Wilmes Park
|150 - 64 1/2 Way NE
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
General recommendations include redevelopment with some minor layout modifications and replace existing amenities as needs dictate.
- Replace playground equipment as necessary with modified container
- ADA compliant playground surfacing (engineered wood fiber)
- Concrete playground border
- New concrete walks
- Potentially add a half basketball court with smaller court overlays (hopscotch, four-square, etc.)
- Small arbor or picnic shelter with two tables and and outlet
- Site furnishings with common characteristics (benches, tables, receptacles, bike racks, etc.)
- Optional ornamental planting area with signage identifying the parks name
- Potential water management area
- 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.