Highland Park Community Center Play Area Improvements

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The play area at Highland Park Community Center (1978 Ford Parkway) 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

February 9, 2018

The survey for the selection of the Public Artist has closed.  Thank you for participating in the survey.  Peter Morales received the most votes.  We will establish a contract with Peter and will share more details in the near future about the public art as we get into the design process for the art.


January 25, 2018 - Public Artist Review and Selection

The City of Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation has received interest from three artists for the development of Public Art at Highland Community Center as part of the play area improvement project.  We are looking for your assistance with selecting an artist for the project.  Please use the two-step process outlined below to help us select the artist for the project.

1.  Review the following artist statements and work samples at the following links.  Please keep in mind, the work samples exhibit the qualifications and style/media of the artist.  The selected artist will work within the project budget to develop art that is appropriate for the park.  The survey will stay open until 12:00 noon on Friday February 9th.

Troy Gallas

Korrin Lohmann

Peter Morales


2.  Vote for your preferred artist here - The survey has closed.  Thank you for your participation in the survey.

Thank you for helping us with this selection process!


September 26, 2017

We held a pop up meeting at the Highland Community Center on Wednesday September 20th from about 4:30 - 6:00.  This was a great opportunity to interact with children playing on the equipment and prarents and teachers supervising their children.  Notes from the meeting can be reviewed here:


Open House

An OPEN HOUSE has been scheduled for Monday October 16th from 5:00 - 7:00 in the Highland Community Center Community Room.  Proposed play area layout, play equipment, and site amenity plans will be presented for review and feedback from the community.


August 22, 2017

Notes and powerpoint presentation from the third community meeting can be accessed here:


March 22, 2017

The first community meeting with the Design Advisory Group was held on Tuesday March 21st.  The meeting consisted of a project introduction which included a project description and a schedule.  The City presented the site context, reviewed Goals and Objectives, and Issues and Opportunities.  The Design Advisory Group helped develop a list of Needs and Wants for the play area and site.  Three schematic concepts were presented and discussed.  Lastly, opportunities for Public Art were discussed.  The meeting presentation materials can be reviewed here:

Notes from the meeting can be viewed here: