Harrison Park Pool Site Improvements
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is currently underway with the development of concept plans for proposed wading pool improvements at Harrison Park.
Harrison Park, named for Harrison Elementary, 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.
At both community meetings, 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.
Project Phase / Closure of Park Facilities
Project Phase/ Closures of Park Facilities
Approval of the concept plan is slated to go before the Park Board Planning Committee on December 18, 2013.
Contact Jon Duesman, Construction Project Manager, Planning at JDuesman@minneapolisparks.org or 612-230-6471.
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