McQuillan Play Area


McQuillan Play Area Project Overview

The play area at McQuillan Park (515 Laurel Ave.) is over 20 years old and in need of replacing.  The play area remains a popular neighborhood destination and gathering place even though there is a high concentration of other play areas in the area.

This project will replace the existing play equipment that is inaccessible to those with disabilities and does not meet current CPSC playground safety standards.  Other site improvements such as new site furnishings and landscaping will be considered pending available funding.

Project Updates

July 2017: The McQuillian Play Area project is now complete.

April 20, 2017

A construction contract has been awarded and is projected to begin around the first of May.  When work begins, a more specific completion date can be established.

January 24, 2017

The McQuillan Park Play Area Improvement Project has been advertised for bids.  Bids will be opened on February 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.  Bids will be reviewed and a contract awarded as soon as possible.

December 2, 2016

We have worked with our play area vendor to create a custom traditional-style belt swing that will fit in the play container.  This swing will be specified in the construction documents instead of the basket swing that was presented at the last community meeting.  

The McQuillan Park Play Area Improvement Project is on the Heritage Preservation Commission Public Hearing agenda for December 15, 2016.  The meeting will be at 5:00 p.m. at City Hall/Courthouse (15 West Kellogg Blvd), Room 40 (lower level). 


  • June 9, 2016 - 6:00 p.m.  Summit University Planning Council Community Room 627 Selby Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104
    • ​Agenda items
      • Project introduction
      • Goals and Objectives
      • Inventory and Analysis
      • Survey Results
      • Preliminary layout plans
    • Meeting materials
  • July 12, 2016 - 6:00 p.m.  Hallie Q Brown Community Center 270 North Kent Street, St. Paul, MN 55102
    • ​Agenda items
      • ​Review site layout concepts
      • Review play equipment options
      • Review public art
    • Meeting Materials
  • August 8, 2016 - 6:00 p.m.  Hallie Q Brown Community Center 270 North Kent Street, St. Paul, MN 55102

Project Resources

  • McQuillan Play Area is located within the Historic Hill Heritage Preservation District.  Heritage Preservation Commission approval will be required as part of the project development.  Here is a link to the Heritage Preservation Commission website.
  • St. Paul Department of Parks and Recreation completed a System Plan in 2010 which helps the department plan for the entire park system for decades to come.