Anoka County to redevelop Riverfront Regional Park

By Peter Bodley
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A contract to redevelop Riverfront Regional Park in Fridley was awarded by the Anoka County Board July 27.

Peterson Companies, Chisago, was the low bidder in the amount of $1.72 million that included a base bid plus two alternates for signage.

“The low bid came in at budget,” said Jeff Perry, county parks planner and resources manager.

According to John VonDeLinde, county division manager for parks and community services, the project includes reconstruction of the roads within the park, parking lots, boat launch and connector trails; construction of new trails; reconstruction of an existing retaining wall at the Riedel House; and construction of a 13-hole disc golf course.

The parks and recreation department worked with Carlson McCain consultants on the design and engineering of the redevelopment project, VonDeLinde said.

Work on the project will start immediately once the contract is signed and will be substantially completed this fall, he said.

Funding is provided 100 percent through state and federal sources, VonDeLinde said.

Riverfront Regional Park opened 30 years ago and a lot has changed since then, according to Commissioner Jim Kordiak, who chairs the board’s Parks and Community Services Committee.

“I am very happy with the low bid,” Kordiak said. “Peterson Companies has done good work for our park system in previous projects.”

Riverfront Regional Park covers 139 acres on the Mississippi River off East River Road.