New playground design for Marshall Terrace to be decided at September 19 meeting

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The design for new playground equipment at Marshall Terrace Park, 2740 Marshall St. NE, will be decided at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board meeting Sept. 19 with one last chance for interested parties to voice their opinions.

The design that was trending best at the Bottineau Neighborhood barbecue Aug. 22 featured a climbing area. The current park shelter would remain; to orient the viewer it would be in the upper right corner of the graphic below.

Planners also did an online survey that ended Friday Aug. 31, and offered in-person surveys during National Night Out. There was another meeting and surveys done at the parks; and Park Board staff weighed in, according to the minneapolisparks.org website. (Look under “Design and Planning—Current Projects,” scroll down to Marshall Terrace Park.)

Landscape Structures, Inc. of Delano worked out both options (the second features a replica of the Lowry Avenue Bridge). In either, the cost for surfacing, installation and equipment is $70,000 of the $100,000 total project cost. To remove the old equipment and install a new drainage system will cost $30,000. The playground surface will be poured-in-place rubber with concrete under it, hence the need for a drainage system.

“These playgrounds are very accessible,” said Project Planner Andrea Weber; the surface accommodates wheelchairs well. “Whenever we do a new project, we do it to accessibility standards.”

At the Aug. 22 event, attendees were also asked to prioritize, if there were to be additional Neighborhood Revitalization Program funds to improve the park, what they would most like to see. The answers seemed to be trending almost equal for water and nature-oriented play areas, or improvements to river access and adding a canoe launch. Concerned Citizens of Marshall Terrace will be considering these ideas.

For more detail on the Sept. 19 meeting, visit www.minneapolisparks.org.

The vendor, Landscape Structures, Inc. website is www.playlsi.com.