Cherokee Regional Park Play Area Project

Project Overview

Cherokee Regional Park is a 100 acre park in the City of Saint Paul extending along the Mississippi River bluff. The park consists of mature overstory trees and turf. The park offers two open-air picnic shelters, restroom building, playground, basketball court, two tennis courts, and a backstop for an informal athletic field. The Cherokee Regional Trail runs through the park providing connections to the river and adjacent trails.

Legacy funding has been secured to remove and replace the existing play area.

Project Updates

October 16, 2018:  Most of the play equipment have been installed and the Skytower play equipment is on its way!  The contractor is planning to install the rubber surfacing this week and has started to pour part of the new concrete walk.  Here are some images.

October 05, 2015:  The contractor has started to install the play equipment.  They anticipate to complete most play equipment and rubber play surfacing installation by next week.  The Skytower play equipment will be installed once it arrives onsite.

September 28, 2018:  The new play curbs have been installed.  The contractor plans to install most of the play equipment next week as well as the play surfacing.  The rest of the site work will continue afterwards.

September 13, 2018:  The contractor has removed the existing tot swing.  They will begin installing the new play curbs prepping the site for the play equipment and rubber surfacing installation which will happen in the next couple weeks.

September 7, 2018:  The contractor has started to prep the site for the new curbs, play equipment, and rubber play surfacing installation.  This will occur over the next couple weeks.  Here are a few images from today. 

August 31, 2018:  The contractor has started demolition and removals this week.  Here are several images.  Demolition is anticipated to be completed by next week and begin site grading.  *As a friendly reminder, the play area will be closed during construction.  The restroom building remains open.

August 10, 2018:  The contractor has the entire play area fenced and closed.  Here are a few images.  The contractor plans to break ground next week.  Thank you for your patience during this time.  I'm excited to have construction begin and for the new play area!

July 23, 2018:  The contractor plans to install erosion control and temporary fencing next week, July 30th, and to break-ground week of August 6th.

July 3, 2018:  The City of Saint Paul environmental team will be converting areas of turf to native prairie at Cherokee Regional Park this year.  Here is a parcel map for your reference of areas where the conversion will happen.  They will begin work in the 0.68 and 0.16 acre parcels to the north then work on the other parcels in phases.  If you have more questions or would like to learn more please contact Adam Robbins, Environmental Coordinator, at

June 20, 2018:  Construction schedule update!  The contractor is tentatively planning to begin construction work at the end of July 2018.  Look forward to more updates!

May 21, 2018:  The Cherokee Regional Park Play Area project is anticipated to break-ground mid-July and be completed by October 2018. 

March 5, 2018:  The bidding process is closed and a contractor have been selected.  Construction will begin as soon as the weather permits.  Look forward to the new play area!  *A friendly reminder, the play area will be closed during construction.*

January 22, 2018:  The Cherokee Regional Park Play Area Improvement project is now out for re-bid with the anticipation for construction spring 2018.  More updates to come!

August 16, 2017:  Bids came back higher than anticipated and the project will not be awarded at this time.  The plan is to rebid the project after the New Year.  Stay tune for future updates!

July 10, 2017:  Cherokee Regional Park Play Area Improvements project is out for advertisement for spring 2018 construction.

June 28, 2017:  Site Plan Review Committee approved Cherokee Regional Park Play Area Improvements construction documents.

May 11, 2017:  Construction documents submitted to Site Plan Review.

March 7, 2017:  Construction documents in progress.                                                                                               


Meeting 1:  Kick-Off Community Meeting, November 17, 2016, Baker Park Recreation Center, 209 Page St. W. - from 5-7 PM.

Meeting 2:  Community Meeting #2, December 15, 2016, Baker Park Recreation Center, 209 Page St. W. - from 6-8 PM.

Meeting 3: Community Meeting #3, January 26, 2017, Baker Park Recreation Center, 209 Page St. W. - from 6-8 PM.

Meeting 4: Open House - February 16, 2017, Baker Park Recreation Center, 209 Page St. W. - from 6-8 PM.