The City of Hopkins is inviting residents to check out a consultant’s final plan for Cottageville Park.
The Cuningham Group will unveil its plan for the Blake Road park at an open house from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at City Hall.
Hopkins selected the Minneapolis-based firm in June to come up with options for the park. The open house should be the first chance for the public to get a look at the Cottageville Park Master Plan.
It’s unlikely the city will be able to afford all the improvements in the plan at once, but a Cuningham landscape architect promised at the beginning that “each phase of the project should look complete, intentional and fully functional.” Cuningham will also work with Hopkins to identify grants—particularly small grants that are readily available for projects like this.
The Cottageville Park project is a partnership between Hopkins and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. The watershed district bought properties surrounding the park and demolished the buildings. The city is paying for the design and construction of the expanded parkland.
The extra green space should improve water quality, add space for residents to relax and enhance the image of the neighborhood.
Click on the first YouTube video above to listen to Police Services Liaison Anne Marie Buck explain why improving the park is important. Click on the second YouTube video to listen to Emily Barker, a park volunteer and Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church member, talk about the park’s community garden.