Commission to study, recommend park features for New Brighton Exchange

Pulte Homes proposal revives discussion from 2008

The New Brighton City Council on Jan. 22 directed that the Parks, Recreation and Environmental Commission (PREC) study and recommend park features and amenities for New Brighton Exchange.

In a memo from Director of Parks and Recreation Sandy Breuer, the council in 2007 authorized city staff to solicit requests for proposals for park service planning for New Brighton Exchange. A professional agreement was entered into with Bonestroo (now known as Stantec) for park planning services.

During 2007, a steering committee made up of advisory commission representatives and other stakeholders was created to provide input on the park concepts and designs that were developed by Stantec. Open houses were also held to gather public input.

In January 2008, the City Council discussed the recommendations at a work session and again at the regular council meeting. The item was tabled and the council had not discussed the topic further since that time.

According to Breuer, it will not cost anything to study the current recreation amenities offered in New Brighton to help determine what is needed and desired in New Brighton Exchange. However, if PREC recommends additional planning work that is beyond city staff’s experience, the council could decide to hire a consultant.

Breuer wrote that the city has been meeting with Pulte Homes about a proposed development in New Brighton Exchange, and the city’s plans for parks and open space are being discussed. City staff recommends the initial effort be concentrated on the two park areas adjacent to the proposed Pulte site.

 

Contact Kassie Petermann at kassie.petermann@ecm-inc.com

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