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Harrison Park Pool Site Improvements
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Harrison Park Pool Site Improvements

Location: Harrison Park

 
Concept Plan

Contact
Jon Duesman
Construction Project Manager
612-230-6471
jduesman@minneapolisparks.org

Project Description

The existing wading pool has served the Harrison community for more than 50 years. Since opening up to the community back in the 1960's only minor mechanical renovations have been done to the pool. A goal is to replace the current non-ADA compliant pool with accessible, zero-depth entry pools. Existing pool amenities such as the fencing, perimeter walkways and seating have also aged and need replacing.

What's New

August 15, 2014 - Construction begins August 18 on new Harrison Park wading pool

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Timeline

Project Milestones

  • Construction to begin August 18, 2014
  • Construction to be Complete May 2015
  • Grand Opening June 2015

Project History

August 15, 2014

December 18, 2013

October 24, 2013

October 10, 2013

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Public Open Houses and Public Hearings

At both public open houses, stakeholders commented that having more deck space around the pool might better serve their needs for gathering and overall enjoyment of the space. They also liked the idea of adding a shade structure and having decorative perimeter fencing however, their primary interest was for the incorporation of water play features into the design.

Given feedback from the first community meeting a single, refined concept plan was presented to stakeholders at the second community meeting. As requested, the refined concept plan located a proposed wading pool with zero-depth entry close to the Recreation Center. To provide more gathering space around the pool the deck area inside the proposed fencing increased slightly in size. To address the desire for increased fun, locations for water play features are shown on the concept drawing.

Given stakeholders desire that water play features be included in the wading pool design, an Options Board highlighting different water play features for ages 2-5 and ages 5-12 was circulated at the Recreation Center. Children along with parents from the community had the opportunity to select which type of play element they preferred most. Taking into consideration the request for more reliable shade, two shade structures are shown on the plan as well.

Public Hearing - December 18, 2013

Public Open House #2 - October 24, 2013

  • Planning staff and their pool consultants will be on hand to review the current pool conditions, present proposed wading pool concept drawings, and answer questions about the project

Public Open House #1 - October 10, 2013

  • Planning staff and their pool consultants will be on hand to review the current pool conditions, present proposed wading pool concept drawings, and answer questions about the project

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Background

Harrison Park, named after the old William Henry Harrison School which once occupied the park site, is a seven acre neighborhood park on the western side of Minneapolis. The park offers fields for baseball, softball, football and soccer. The park also offers a picnic area and tot lot playground. The wading pool was originally constructed in the 1960's, serving the community for more than 50 years. Through the years changes to the wading pool have been only minor in nature, with upgrades to the plumbing and pool mechanical systems. A goal with the Minneapolis Park Board has been to replace its non-ADA compliant pools with accessible, zero-depth entry pools. Existing pool amenities such as the fencing, perimeter walkways and seating have also aged and need replacing.

Harrison Recreation Center provides a gymnasium and a wide variety of programs and activities for kids, teens and the whole family.

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