Sylvan Park is a 3.18 acre neighborhood park in the City of Saint Paul in the North End district.  Amenities at the park include an athletic field, play area, and restroom building.

The athletic field is unprogrammed and is currently used to play soccer, football, baseball, softball, rugby, Frisbee, and lacrosse.  This heavy, overlapping use combined with poor drainage, exposed manholes, and compacted soils, have all contributed to the inadequate field conditions currently experienced at the park.  The Play Area was installed in 1994.  The tot lot replacement list ranks this park in the top 9 for replacement due to various factors including age, safety, accessibility, and condition of the play area.

This project will include a multi-use synthetic turf fields that are designed to meet today's recreational needs. Improvements to the play area include replacement of equipment and surfacing for compliance to current CPSC and ADA Guidelines.  Additional site improvements may include walks benches and landscaping as necessary.

Total construction budget for Sylvan Park improvements is $1,500,000.00.

Project Updates

11/25/19:  A grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the new field. Thank you to all who attended the event and participated in the design process!  

06/18/19:  After a 6 month surcharge period to stabilize the underlying soils, construction on the artificial turf field will resume. During the construction period we expect the contractor to be operating heavy machinery, staging construction materials, and large trucks frequently entering and exiting the site. For safety purposes, the play area will remain closed until the project is completed.

Thank you for your understanding and patience throughout the process.

08/03/2018:  During the construction a layer of suspected contaminated soils was discovered while excavating for the athletic field on the west side of the park.  Upon this discovery we dug a series of test pits and sent samples from these pits to a lab for analysis.  Test results from the samples taken confirmed that contaminants were present.

Due to this unfortunate event, the athletic field portion of the project will be put on hold while the City works with the MPCA to ensure the proper procedures are in place to continue construction.  

However, because the contaminated soils appear to be limited to the west end of the park,  play area construction on the east side will resume.

We still anticipate the play area to be completed this fall, however, the completion of the athletic fields are expected to be delayed until summer 2019.

We will continue to keep you informed as we gather more information on the next steps.

06/01/2018:  Sylvan Park to be under construction from June 2018 until the end of September 2018.  Due to the extent of the work, the park and restroom building will be closed and temporary fencing will surround the construction zone until construction is completed. More information to be posted when available.

02/15/2018:  Sylvan Park Play Area and Field Improvements project is in the Site Plan Review process.  Public art meeting is currently on hold.  The date, time, and location will be updated once it is determined. 


Meeting 1:  Community Meeting Kick-Off, September 14, 2017, Rice Recreation Center, 1021 Marion St. - from 6:30-8:00 PM

Meeting 2:  Community Meeting #2, October 19, 2017, Rice Recreation Center, 1021 Marion St. - from 6:30-8:00 PM

Meeting 3:  Community Meeting #3, November 16, 2017, Rice Recreation Center, 1021 Marion St. - from 6:30-8:00 PM

Meeting 4:  Public Art Meeting, TBD

Last Edited: February 23, 2020