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Park improvement projects

The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Division undertakes multiple park improvement projects each year. Updates on each project will be posted periodically as significant progress is made or more information becomes available. 

2019 park improvement projects

Cedarcrest Park Splashpad - 8700 Bloomington Avenue

Proposed improvements:

  • Replace and update splash pad features

For questions regarding the project, contact David Benson, Recreation Supervisor at 952-563-8892 or drbenson@BloomingtonMN.gov.

Dred Scott Playfield - 10820 Bloomington Ferry Rd

Proposed improvements:

  • Replace wheelhouse operations building enhancing restrooms and concessions
  • Pavement replacement within wheel ballfield area
  • Replace bleachers for the wheel ballfields
  • Add four shade structures for spectators at wheel ballfields
  • Improve landscape and grounds drainage

PDF iconDred Scott Improvements Site Plan

Dred Scott Wheelhouse Image

Construction bids have been awarded and project work commencement is mid-October.  Project completion is anticipated by May 2020.  For questions regarding the project, contact Mike Ramirez, Recreation Supervisor at 952-563-8880 or mramirez@BloomingtonMN.gov.

Normandale Lake Park Path Lighting Project - 84th and Chalet Road

Proposed improvements:

  • Install path lighting on recreational trails around Normandale Lake

For questions regarding the project, contact Dave Hanson, Assistant Maintenance Superintendent, Public Works at 952-563-8765 or dhanson@BloomingtonMN.gov

Parker's Picnic Grounds Savannah Restoration Project - 10401 Columbus Road

Proposed improvements:

  • The City received a State of Minnesota Legacy grant in the amount of $134,000 to conduct a restoration of 20 acres in the Minnesota River Valley Below Parkers Picnic Grounds.
    Project will involve returning area back to its native landscape and allow native plants and trees to grow

  • Project is in RFP process as of 10-9-19, with contractor just chosen.  Contract is being prepped for execution

  • Project will be undertaken beginning in the Fall of 2019, with work taking place in 2020 and 2021.

  • Is a continuation of similar projects already completed in the river valley. 

For questions regarding the project, contact Mark Morrison, Recreation Supervisor at 952-563-8693 or mmorrison@BloomingtonMN.gov

Poplar Bridge Elementary Playground - 4600 West 85th Street

Proposed improvements (in conjunction with Bloomington Public Schools):

  • Moving container and playground to the south
  • Replacing playground equipment play structure underlay
  • Installation of erosion control measures
  • Installation of new concrete curbs and amenities

PDF iconPoplar Bridge Playground Project Site Plan

Poplar Bridge Playground Image 1

Poplar Bridge Playground Image 2

Construction bids have been awarded and project work commencement is mid-October.  Substantial project completion is anticipated by mid-November with full completion by spring 2020.  For questions regarding the project, contact Mike Ramirez, Recreation Supervisor at 952-563-8880 or mramirez@BloomingtonMN.gov

Completed projects

Brye Park Improvements - 10500 Xavier Avenue South

Completed improvements:

  • Replace the playground equipment
  • Install picnic tables and park benches
  • Construct portable toilet enclosure
  • General landscaping and restoration

PDF iconBrye Park Site Plan.pdf

brye park site plan

Playground Design Option 1

Brye Park option 1

Playground Design Option 2

Brye Park option 2

Bush Lake Beach improvements - 9140 East Bush Lake Road

Completed improvements:

  • Install playground equipment on the beach, between the beach house and water’s edge

PDF iconBush Lake Beach Site Plan.pdf

bush lake beach site plan

If you have any questions regarding these proposed improvements, please contact Scott Breuer, Assistant Manager of Parks and Recreation at 952-563-8899 or SBreuer@BloomingtonMN.gov.

Bloomington Parks & Recreation is seeking community feedback until June 20 for the playground equipment designs. If you would like to provide feedback, please contact Scott Breuer, Assistant Manager of Parks and Recreation at 952-563-8899 or SBreuer@BloomingtonMN.gov.

Playground Design Option 1

Option 1A

Option 1B

Playground Design Option 2

Option 2A

Option 2B

Columbus playlot improvements - 10030 Columbus Avenue South

Completed improvements:

  • Replace the playground equipment
  • Replace wood playground border with concrete border
  • Install bike rack, picnic table and park benches
  • Install new bituminous trail
  • Install new basketball backboard and rim
  • Construct portable toilet enclosure

PDF iconColumbus Playlot Site Plan.pdf

Columbus Playlot site Plan

Playground Design Option 1

Option 1

Playground Design Option 2

Option 2

Dred Scott park improvements - 10820 Bloomington Ferry Road

Completed improvements:

  • Replace the playground equipment
  • Install bike rack and park benches
  • Replace fencing around playground container
  • General landscaping and restoration

PDF iconDred Scott Playfield Site Plan.pdf

Dred Scott Site Plan

Playground Design Option 1

Dred Scott Playfield Option 1

Playground Design Option 2

Dred Scott Playfield Option 2

Effa Playlot Improvements - 8330 4th Avenue South

Completed improvements:

  • Replace the playground equipment
  • Replace wood playground border with concrete border
  • Install bike rack, picnic table and park benches
  • Install new bituminous trail
  • Construct portable toilet enclosure

PDF iconEffa Playlot Site Plan.pdf

PDF iconEffa Playlot Concept PLan.pdf

Playground Design Option 1

Option 1

Playground Design Option 2

effa playlot option 2

Gene C. Kelly Park Improvements - 185 East 102nd Street

Completed improvements:

  • Replace the playground equipment
  • Reconstruct bituminous trail connection
  • General landscaping and restoration

PDF iconGene Kelly Park Site Plan.pdf

Gene C. Kelly Site Plan

Playground Design Option 1

Option 1

Playground Design Option 2

Option 2

McAndrews Park Improvements - 1200 East 90th Street

Completed improvements:

  • Replace the playground equipment
  • Overlay the bituminous trail
  • Construct portable toilet enclosure
  • Install picnic table and park benches
  • General landscaping and restoration

PDF iconMcAndrews Playlot Site Plan.pdf

McAndrews Playlot Site Plan

Playground Design Option 1

Option 1

Playground Design Option 2

Option 2

Northcrest Park Improvements - 3500 West 81st Street

Completed improvements:

  • Replace the playground equipment
  • Replace wood playground border with concrete border
  • Install bike rack, picnic table and park benches
  • Install new bituminous trail
  • Install new basketball backboard and rim

PDF iconNorthcrest Park Site Plan.pdf

Northcrest Park Site Plan

Playground Design Option 1

Option 1

Playground Design Option 2

Option 2

Rhodes Playlot Improvements - 7501 West 105th Street

Completed improvements:

  • Replace the playground equipment
  • Combine the two playground containers into one
  • Construct portable toilet enclosure
  • Install picnic table and park benches
  • Improve bituminous trail
  • Remove wood borders and replace with concrete

PDF iconRhodes Playlot Site Plan.pdf

Rhodes Playlot Site Plan

Playground Design Option 1

Option 1

Playground Design Option 2

Option 2

Running Park Improvements - 9501 12th Avenue South

Completed improvements:

  • Replace the playground equipment
  • Combine the two playground containers into one
  • Install picnic table and park benches
  • Modify bituminous trail

PDF iconRunning Park Site Plan.pdf

Running Park Site Plan

Playground Design Option 1

Option 1A

Option 1B

Playground Design Option 2

Option 2A

Option 2B

site plan for construction at sunrise park

Valley View Elementary improvements - 351 East 88th Street

valley view elementary playground equipment Completed Valley View Elementary playground equipment  

Completed improvements:

  • Replace the playground equipment
  • Install picnic table and park benches

PDF iconValley View Elementary Site Plan.pdf

Valley View Elementary Site Plan

Playground Design Option 1

Option 3

Playground Design Option 2

Option 2

Playground Design Option 3

Option 3

Valley View Playfield improvements - 9000 Portland Avenue

Completed improvements:

  • Construct a picnic shelter; will include a grill, tables and electrical outlets
  • Reconstruct two basketball courts; including new posts, backboards, rims and court lines
  • Miscellaneous improvements to softball fields #2, #3 and #4 (not shown on design plans)
  • Install parking lot lighting

PDF iconSite Plan Valley View Playfield Lighting Plan

site plan for construction at valley view playfields

Valley View Playfield improvements - 9000 Portland Avenue South

Completed improvements:

  • Replace the playground equipment
  • Replace wood playground border with concrete border
  • Install picnic table and park benches
  • Install and improve parking lot lighting to meet City code requirements

PDF iconValley View Playfield Site Plan.pdf

Valley View Playfield Site Plan

Playground Design Option 1

Ages 2 - 5
Option 1A

Ages 5 - 12
Option 1B

Full view
Option 1C

Playground Design Option 2

Ages 2 - 5
Option 2A

Ages 5 - 12
Option 2B

Full view
Option 2C

Vanderbie Park Improvements - 1001 West 92nd Street

Completed improvements:

  • Replace the playground equipment
  • Replace wood playground border with concrete border
  • Install picnic table and park benches

PDF iconVanderbie Park Site Plan.pdf

Vanderbie Park Site Plan

Playground Design Option 1

Option 1

Playground Design Option 2

Option 2

Wright's Lake Park Improvements - 8501 17th Avenue South

Current Amenities:

  • Baseball field
  • Off-street parking
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Tennis court
  • Trails

Completed improvements include:

  • Replacing the playground
  • Rebuilding the tennis court
  • Adding a pickle ball court
  • Improving the ball diamond
  • Installing additional benches
  • Installing a small picnic shelter and/or adding picnic tables
  • Adding public art
  • Adding a bike repair station
  • Adding a drinking fountain/water bottle filling station

Construction is scheduled for summer of 2017.  If you have any questions regarding the proposed improvements at Wright’s Lake Park, please contact Jim Urie at jurie@BloomingtonMN.gov.

PDF iconWright's Lake Park Site Plan.pdf

Wright's Lake Site Plans

Playground Design Option 1

Option 1

Playground Design Option 2

Option 2

West Bush Lake parking lot improvements - 9401 West Bush Lake Road

October 6 Update: Retaining walls and stairways near picnic shelter #1 have been completed. Hand rails will be installed on the stairways after the concrete has cured. All parking lots and driving areas at West Bush Lake Park will be closed for approximately three weeks beginning October 11 while the old pavement is removed and new pavement is installed.

Improvements description:

Northern Parking Lots & Driveways (Area near Picnic Shelter #1)

  • Reconstruct Parking Lot & Driveway Pavement
  • Traffic Control Signage
  • Improve Parking Lot & Driveway Lighting
  • Reconstruct Retaining Walls
  • Improve Storm Water Management

Southern Parking Lots & Driveways (Area near Picnic Shelter #2)

  • Reconstruct Parking Lot & Driveway Pavement
  • Traffic Control Signage
  • Improve Parking Lot & Driveway Lighting
  • Install Boat Cleaning Station
  • Improve Storm Water Management

The Parks & Recreation Division is delaying rentals of West Bush Lake Shelter #1 & #2 until a work schedule has been determined.  Rentals are being accepted for West Bush Lake Shelter #3 and Moir Park Shelter #1 & #2.

west bush lake parking lot reconstruction area

Westwood improvements - 3490 West 109th Street

Completed improvements:

  • Replace the basketball court and three East-West Pickleball courts with eight North-South Pickleball courts
  • Resurface the current tennis court
  • Install new court fencing
  • Construct portable toilet enclosure
  • Install a water fountain and power outlet near courts

PDF iconSite Plan Westwood Park

site plan for construction at westwood park

Bloomington Family Aquatic Center Tot Spray Table

201 East 90th Street

The Tot Spray Table at the Bloomington Family Aquatic Center was successfully installed and enjoyed by all in the summer of 2016. Check it out this summer when we open on June 10, 2017!

new tot spray table

The existing spray feature in the zero-depth area will be replaced by a tot spray table. The installation will take place in May 2016 prior to the pool opening on June 8.

picture of tot table

Dupont Playlot park improvements

8807 Dupont Ave S.

Replace playground equipment, safety surfacing, bituminous trail, resurface 1/2 basketball court and replace basketball backboard and pole, landscaping, bike rack, two benches and a picnic table

Summer 2016 update: The work is completed at Dupont Playlot for all to enjoy!

new playground equipment at dupont playlot

March 9, 2016 update: Work is anticipated to resume approximately April 1. Once the general site work is completed, the playground equipment will be installed. Substantial completion is anticipated by June 2016.

dupont playground design

*Note – the colors of the playground equipment ordered will be different than shown above.

Hampshire Hill park improvements

10601 Louisiana Ave S.

Replace playground equipment, safety surfacing, bituminous trail, resurface basketball court and replace basketball backboards & poles, bike racks, two benches, BBQ grill and a picnic table.

Summer 2016 update: The work is completed at Hampshire Hill park for all to enjoy!

basketball court at hampshire hill new playground equipment at hampshire hill

March 9, 2016 update: Work is anticipated to resume approximately April 1.  Once the general site work is completed, the playground equipment will be installed.  Substantial completion is anticipated by June 2016.

hampshire playground design

Sunrise cellular antennae project 

9401 Bloomington Ferry Rd.

May 2016 update: The project was completed! Verizon Wireless installed a new pole which co-located a cellular antennae with an outdoor emergency siren. A small equipment building was constructed on the back (south) side of the Sunrise Park building. The City and Verizon Wireless executed a lease agreement in September 2015 to facilitate the installation and ongoing operation. 

sunrise cellular pole sunrise cellular building

Parks and Trails Legacy Logo

Funding sources

Funding for the Hyland-Bush-Anderson Lakes Regional Park Reserve comes from a variety of sources, including the State of Minnesota's Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment, and the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

For more information, visit www.lcc.leg.mn or contact Bloomington's Parks and Recreation Director, Ann Kattreh.

Ann Kattreh
Parks and Recreation Director
City of Bloomington
1800 West Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN 55431
akattreh@bloomingtonmn.gov