Martin Luther King Play Area Improvements

imageMLK Play Area Project Updates

Project Update: April 2016 The play equipment and site amenities were completed in fall 2015. The remaining item to be installed is public art. The conceptual design was inspired by combining art and play to make Playable Art! As a dual art/play structure, it incorporates art into our public space, and it benefits children by adding another play component to the park. The playable art will follow the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC) guidelines, and it will be surrounded by fall resistant materials (poured in place rubber & sand). The concept was created by local artist, Andrew MacGuffie, who has experience designing and fabricating similar outdoor art.  Please review and provide comments by April 15, 2016

Tentative Schedule:

April 2016:          Design Artwork
May 2016:           Fabricate Artwork
June 2016:          Installation (After school ends)

Project Update: Aug. 6, 2015 Construction will begin on the play area in August. Please be aware of construction activities and respect park and play area restrictions. A durable chain-link fence will surround the construction limits to safely separate construction activities from the public. Pedestrian access to the recreation center, tennis courts and the parking lot will remain open during construction.

Construction Schedule

August 6-7th, 2015: Removal of damaged or susceptible tree species by Saint Paul Forestry
August 10th, 2015: Site construction begins Sept 8th, 2015 Equipment installation begins
October 2015: Construction ends

Project Overview

The City of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation has secured CIB funding to renovate the existing play area at Martin Luther King Recreation Center. Improvements include:

  • Equipment which meets CPSC and ADA guidelines
  • Synthetic resilient surfacing for both accessibility and safety.
  • Walkways
  • Benches
  • Landscaping

Final Design

The following link is a rendering of the play area equipment and surrounding site:

  • MLK Final Site Plan
  • Preferred Equipment Layout (Modern play equipment style determined by community input at Rondo Days Festival, MLK Family Fun Day, community meetings, public survey and Facebook postings. Final equipment vendor and layout could possibly change based upon cost estimate.)

Community Meetings

Meeting #1 June 18th, 2014 – 6:00pm
Hallie Q. Brown Community Center - 270 N Kent St

Meeting Materials

Meeting #2 September 4th, 2014 – 6:00pm
Hallie Q. Brown Community Center - 270 N Kent St

Meeting Materials

Meeting #3 September 4th, 2014 – 6:00pm

Presentation to Summit University Neighborhood Planning & Development Committee Aurora St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation – 774 University Ave

Meeting Materials

Materials from the MLK Community Meeting #2 were presented to the Neighborhood Planning and Development Committee.