The City of Hopkins invites residents to check out a consultant’s final plan for Cottageville Park.
The Cuningham Group will talk with residents about its plan for the Blake Road park at an open house from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. It will then present the plan to the City Council following the open house.
Hopkins selected the Minneapolis-based firm in June to come up with options for the park, which it previously presented at a council work session. New park features, such as a green roof pavilion and remade landscape, could push the redesign cost up to $5.8 million.
Click on the PDF to the right of this article to read about the firm's plan for the park.
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.