Rice Park Renovation Project
General Project Overview
Project Description: Rice Park is a significant public space in Saint Paul located on the block bounded by Washington Street, 5th Street, 4th Street, and Market Street. The park is 1.6 acres. In 2014, the Saint Paul Garden Club raised funds to address the need for improvements to Rice Park. The City developed a concept plan for phased improvements to the park. Successful private fundraising with the help of the Saint Paul Parks Conservancy, Rice Park Association and Saint Paul Garden Club, and public funds are supporting this project as it moves towards construction in the spring of 2018.
Project Background: Rice Park is a beloved public space at the heart of downtown Saint Paul. Rice Park was dedicated as Saint Paul’s first public space when it was given to the city in 1849. Since then, it has experienced many transformations and renovations as a popular green space in an urban area. It is a well-used urban park that serves many individuals and hosts numerous events including the Winter Carnival, Flint Hills Children Festival, the Ordway’s Summer Dance, and many more.
The park will be closed May 14-October 2018 (tentative). Construction Fence will be installed May 22-23 and remain for the duration of construction- the estimated date for fence removal is November 2018.
September 19, 2018- The curbing around the center circle and garden beds are formed and will be poured by the middle of next week. Contractors measure rainfall daily to make sure the trees on site are getting adequate water. Supplemental water is occurring during dry weeks. Sidewalks will be installed within the next three weeks.
September 5, 2018- North seatwalls (along 5th Street) will be poured this week. The center paved area will be graded in.
August 22, 2018- Construction is well underway at 40% completion. Most of the underground utilities, the stormwater storage area in the south lawn, and draintile are in place. The south lawn will be sodded in approximately 5 weeks. Wall construction has begun, though finishing and caps on the seat walls will not be completed for a few weeks. The project is on track for completion in 2018.
May 17, 2018- 10am Ground-breaking Ceremony
January 3, 2018 - Tree removal will begin in Rice Park as part of the Rice Park Revitalization Project. Trees are being removed due to disease, safety, and for improved design. New tree plantings will being in summer 2018.
September 29, 2017 - Plants will be removed and transplanted to other St Paul Park sites in preparation for construction next spring
TIMELINE FOR PROJECT COMPLETION:
June - August 2017: Design Development
September-December: Construction Documents
January- February: 2018: Advertise and Bid Project
April 2018: Construction to begin
Public Open House - April 8, 2015 5-7pm - Landmark Center
Design Advisory Committee Members:
- Betsy Kelly, St Paul Garden Club
- Colleen Fitzpatrick, St Paul Garden Club
- Amy Mino, Landmark Center
- Pat Steineman, St Paul Hotel
- Nancy Huart, Travellers
- Greg Fouks, JJ Hill Library
- David Lilly, Ordway
- Kathy Ross/Tim Wolfgram, Xcel Energy
- Andrea McKennan, George Latimer Central Library
- Dave Haley, Ramsey County
- Ruth Huss, Resident
- Tim Griffin, Capitol River Council Representative
Participating Staff Members:
- Amy Spong, City of Saint Paul, HPC
- Karin Misiewicz, City of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Operations