Brooklyn Park Voters Pass Park Improvement Referendum
Brooklyn Park residents voted Nov. 6 in favor of a referendum for a Natural Resource and Park Improvement bond.
The referendum, which appeared on midterm ballots city-wide, will help implement a series of improvement projects totaling $26 million to enhance city parks.
The bonded projects includes a series of neighborhood park redevelopments, park building renovations, and picnic facilities, as well as a Natural Resource Management plan to remove invasive species, restore prairie, and mitigate shoreline erosion. Additional trails will be constructed to connect the city’s currently incomplete system of trails. Signage and lighting will also be installed to improve safety and navigation on the trails.
Updates to the Community Activity Center and are also part of the bond, including a newly designated program space designed for senior fitness, activities and improvements to senior facilities, renovations to the building’s entrance and restrooms, and improving compliance with the American Disabilities Act at the customer service desk and in program spaces. An additional recreational center for teens and youth will be constructed at a location yet to be determined.
Other plans include new and updated ball fields, courts, and lighting, plus new updates to the historic Eidem Farm, including a self-directed interpretive site and a building with restrooms, classrooms, and offices.