Eidem Homestead Could See $2 Million Upgrade
Eidem Homestead is one of Brooklyn Park’s links to the past. The historic farm offers educational lessons on what life was like in the early 1900s. Now Brooklyn Park’s Recreation and Parks Department and city officials are considering reinvesting $2 million into the homestead.
The vision includes adding more signage and putting in modern amenities such as running water. The plan also calls for the homestead to get a bathroom and a classroom. Funding sources have not yet been identified.
Brooklyn Park’s “Hidden Gem”
Eidem Homestead has been around since 1976. Brooklyn Park officials consider the farm a “hidden gem.”
“It’s very significant,” said Brad Tullberg, parks and facilities manager for Brooklyn Park. “It’s a living farm. It’s a living homestead. It takes us back into the early 1900s of what Brooklyn Park was, or the Brooklyns at that time. What they were to our community and what they meant to this area. It’s a chance for people to kind of celebrate that heritage.”
The Eidem improvements could potentially be part of a park bond referendum in November. The park system is also applying for grants.