|Address||410 79th Way|
|Park Type||Neighborhood Park|
|Special Use||Stormwater Storage|
This neighborhood park was recently reconstructed with park improvements and an added stormwater storage area, due to ongoing issues with flooding within the park
Redevelopment included grading in a stormwater storage area to protect the active recreation amenities. Additional improvements included removal of the formal ballfield and replacement with a flexible open lawn pace, a new single tennis court, a resurfaced basketball court and new trails to provide a more direct connection to the adjacent Riverview Heights Park which is more focused on passive recreation.
The new play equipment was also installed in 2023.
Recommendations and Estimate of Probable Costs
Further recommendations include:
- Complete playground equipment replacements with optional picnic shelter
The estimate of probable costs for completing the recommendations range from approximately $60,000 to $80,000 with a hgigh priority in order to finalize the park.
New Playground Installed
A new set of play equipment was installed in 2023.
A total of $50 million in possible park system improvements were identified in the Park Plan. Based on resident input, Fridley City Council directed staff to work with a Park Plan Refinement Task Force advisory group to recommend $30 million in park projects that would be most impactful to the community.
Further, a resident Finance Task Force recommended funding the park system improvement plan by issuing General Obligation (GO) Tax Abatement Bonds for $20 million in bond proceeds, being repaid over no more than 15 years, with an additional $10 million to come from other City of Fridley funds.
Tax abatement is a tool that can be used by cities to abate all or a portion of property taxes levied by the City for a given purpose, such as public infrastructure improvements. All taxpayers, whether identified as an abated parcel or not, will continue to pay property taxes as they normally would. Minnesota Statute 469.1813 gives cities authority for tax abatement, and this has become an increasingly common means of funding park improvements, as they provide benefit to all residents. A requirement is holding a public hearing for the consideration of tax abatement, and that was held on May 23, 2022.The bonds will be repaid over 15 years with annual debt service payments being levied for and it is likely there will be an increase in property taxes beginning in 2023.
This plan will provide many opportunities for expanded recreation programming, enjoyment of nature and social gatherings. Enhancing and modernizing the city park system will position Fridley as a great place to live, work and play now and for many years to come.