Marydale Park Play Area

Overview

Marydale Park is a 23.95 acre neighborhood park in the City of Saint Paul in the North End district.  The park primarily provides a natural resource area offering trails throughout the park and around Loeb Lake, picnicking area, restroom building, parking lot, and a play area.  Loeb Lake is almost entirely surrounded with mature trees and brush providing an ADA accessible fishing pier and fishing opportunities for children as designated by the Minnesota DNR.

CIB funding has been secured to renovate the existing play area at Marydale Park with the replacement and addition of play equipment that meets CPSC and ADA guidelines.  The project will provide accessibility and safety measures with the appropriate resilient surfacing.  This project will enhance the park's site features and will fill the family oriented activity needs of in the adjacent diverse neighborhood.

The recent update of the parking lot and the newly improved restroom facilities adjacent to the existing play area are great compliments for an improved play area.

Total play area improvement construction budget is $280,000.00.

Project Updates

October 5, 2018:  The contractor is working on site restoration.  Mulch has been placed in all the plantings beds.  Next week, the contractor will begin to clean up the site.  The environmental crew has removed most buckthorns and ash trees along Loeb Lake by the play area.  There are a few trees that they were unable to remove due to high water level.

September 28, 2018:  I'm excited to announce the play area is now open for the neighborhood!  There are still some site work left for the contractor to do.  Up-to-date, the contractor has planted most of the plants and plans to plant the trees today.  The contractor plans to seed early next week.  The railings for the new stairs are being fabricated.  It will be about 2-3 weeks from now until the railings arrive and installed.

September 13, 2018:  The contractor has blown in the engineered wood fiber in the 5-12 play area and poured the concrete sub-base ready for the rubber surfacing in the 2-5 play area which will happen early next week.  Here are images of the almost complete play area.  Part of the public art, the stone bench, has been in installed.  The artist, Ann Klefstad, will be molding and installing the duck onto the bench.  Here are a couple images of the art.  The image of the duck is the original clay material and not the finished product.  **A friendly reminder the play area remains closed.

September 7, 2018:  The contractor has the play equipment installed and is prepping the play area for play surfacing installation - rubber surfacing poured-in-place, engineered wood fiber, and play sand.  A few images of the play area.

August 31, 2018:  The contractor is installing the play equipments and will complete installation by early next week.  Here are a few images. The play surfacing installation will begin after.  **As a friendly reminder, please have your children and any person off the play equipment until completion.  Thank you!

August 16, 2018:  Today, the contractor is preparing the planting beds for planting next week as well as the play equipment installation.

August 10, 2018:  The new concrete stairs have been installed.  The next step, the contractor will field measure the stairs for railing fabrication and installation.  This will take approximately 4 weeks.  Stay tune!

August 2, 2018:  The concrete walk is mostly completed if not all of it.  Here are images of the new walk.  The timber stairs are removed and the new set of stairs will be installed soon.  Excited to see the finished project!

July 31, 2018:  The play area play curbs are installed and you can see the new play area form.  The contractor plans to have all the concrete walk installed by the end day August 1, 2018.  Here are images of the new play curbs.

July 23, 2018:  Demolition and excavation are completed.  The sub-base material for the new concrete walk is down.  Here are images of the construction progress.

July 13, 2018:  Construction at Marydale Park has started.  Here are several images of the project.  Demolition is almost complete.  As a reminder, the play area is closed and the restroom building will main open during construction. 

July 3, 2018:  The Contractor plans to begin demolition and removal of equipment next week July 9th when workers return from holiday break.  In conjunction with the play area improvements, our environmental team will be removing invasive vegetation along Loeb Lake in the vicinity of the playground to open up the view.  They plan to begin their work this month. 

May 21, 2018:  The Marydale Park Play Area project is anticipated to break-ground mid-June and be completed by September 2018.

April 13, 2018:  The bidding process closed on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.   A contractor have been selected and construction will begin as soon the weather permits.  Look forward to the new play area!  *A friendly reminder, the play area will be closed during construction.  The restrooms will remain open for the duration of construction.*

March 5, 2018:  The Marydale Park Play Area Improvement project is out for bid. 

February, 26, 2018:  Public artist, Ann Klefstad, is in the design phase working on sketching a playful bench.  Look forward to the public art!

February, 15, 2018:  Marydale Park play area project is in the Site Plan Review process.

November 9,2017:  The community engagement process is complete and was a success.  Thank you to all the community members and city staff who participated in our design process!  If you have any questions or concerns please contact the project manager.

Meetings

Meeting 1:  Community Meeting Kick-Off, September 7, 2017, Rice Recreation Center, 1021 Marion St. - from 6:30-8:00 PM

Meeting 2:  Community Meeting #2, October 12, 2017, Rice Recreation Center, 1021 Marion St. - from 6:30-8:00 PM

Meeting 3:  Community Meeting #3, November 9, 2017, Rice Recreation Center, 1021 Marion St. - from 6:30-8:00 PM