Como Transportation Improvements- Campus

Como Campus Transportation Improvements Project

The City of Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation has secured funding for design and construction to enhance the accessibility, circulation, and the overall visitor experience to the Como Zoo and Conservatory. This project follows the 2013 Como Park Visitor Center Forecourt Master Plan developed in 2013. Improvements include Estabrook Drive, the Palm and West Picnic Ground Lots, Como Visitor Center Drop off access road, the Formal Garden and relocation of overhead utilities. The City has hired Solution Blue to analyze pedestrian/ traffic movements, to develop construction documents and to oversee construction administration/observation.

Project Construction Schedule

*Contractor will be required to maintain parking lot access at all times

  • Fall 2015: Estabrook Drive, Palm Lot, West Picnic Lot
  • Spring 2016: Estabrook Plantings
  • Fall 2016: (Tentative)Circle Garden, Minnesota Garden (previously the Formal Garden)
    • Construction Documents: February-March 2016
    • Site Plan Review/ Heritage Preservation Commission Review: April 2016
    • Bidding: May 2016
    • Construction Begins: September 2016 (After Labor Day)
    • Substantial Completion: Spring 2017 (weather permitting)

Project Construction Schedule

Project Updates

December 2016:

Construction has ended for the season! We anticipate completion during late spring 2017 (weather permitting). To ensure safety , the construction fence will remain throughout winter and I will follow-up in the spring when construction resumes. Enjoy winter!

July 2016:

The project is out for bid with construction anticipated for September 2016.

February 2016:

Elan Design Lab in Minneapolis has been hired for construction document and construction administration services for the Circle Garden and Minnesota Garden (previously the Formal Garden).

November 30, 2015:

The project has reached substantial completion, and minor items remain such as clean-up and installing the electronic parking signs. The traffic signal has been turned on, and it will remain operational throughout winter. Due to the weather, the contractor will come back in the spring/summer 2016 to apply roadway sealant and striping along the existing portion of Estabrook. We will begin designing the Fall 2016 improvements at the Visitor Center forecourt. (See construction schedule above for location)

October 12-15, 2015: 

Roadway construction is still scheduled for substantial completion at the end of November 2015! (pending weather) Excavation and installation of aggregate base at the Palm and West Picnic Ground parking lots to be completed this week. All roadways and existing parking lots will remain open for Como Friends ZooBoo Events.

October 8, 2015:

The contractor has begun removals at the West Picnic and Palm Lots.

October 7, 2015:

Estabrook excavation and sand base installed.

September 2015:

Relocation of overhead utilities completed.

September 17, 2015:

The project has been awarded to Morcon Construction in Golden Valley, MN. A preconstruction meeting was recently held, and Phase One construction will begin during the week of September 21st! Please be aware of construction activities, and respect park construction restrictions. As a reminder, vehicular access along roads and parking lots will remain open during construction.

August 18th, 2015:

Meetings District 10 Community Council Meeting - Location: Street Car Station, Como Park Time: 7:00 pm

August 4th, 2015: 

Como Regional Park Advisory Committee (CRPAC) -  Location: Street Car Station, Como Park Time: 6:30 pm