Hopkins Approves Contract for Cottageville Park Consultant

The consultant will oversee the process of creating a master park plan.

A $40,000 contract to oversee the planning process should kick start the next phase of renovations for the once unsightly green space.   

The City Council on Tuesday approved an agreement for Minneapolis-based Cuningham Group to help the city create a master plan that aims to transform Cottageville Park into a centerpiece of the Blake Road Corridor.

Cuningham will focus on three main areas:

  • Stormwater piping and treatment improvements that improve water and wetland quality,
  • Public outreach that involves the community in the planning process, concluding with an open house to present the park plan,
  • Park planning to examine what “activities, amenities and features” the park should have.

The process should be finished by November. When it’s done, the city will have a planning report that includes a map, a detailed site plan, detailed cost estimates and an operations and maintenance plan.

That plan will, in turn, assist the city in pursuing grant money.

“This is a very large project, and it has so many different components to it,” said Mayor Gene Maxwell.

Cuningham was one of 11 consultants that submitted proposals to do the work and one of four finalists chosen.

The selection committee, which included a staff member from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, recommended Cuningham because of its experience with similar projects and the way its vision matched the city’s vision.

“They just were head and shoulders above the rest,” Public Works Director Steve Stadler said at a June 12 work session.


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Martha Vennes June 22, 2012 at 06:51 PM
First, thank you for the information...Next, Are any of the officials thinking ahead to traffic control? *If* anyone on the west side of Blake wants to go to Cottageville to the Cottageville Park I hope there will be a safe way to get there. As it is now, most people who want to cross Blake Road cross at the easiest place (which is not where the traffic signals are). I am so sad that this plan is proceeding at the expense of Oakes Park and wonder just who will be selected to be part of the planning process or will "we" all be presented with the final plan and then be told "oh, you weren't selected for this" (again) Just my opinions, thank you for your time.
James Warden June 22, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Good points about the road crossing and well worth sharing during the planning process. Viewpoints will be solicited from the entire community, not just a few people selected to be on the committee. This will start in earnest with a community meeting taking place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. July 12. I plan to post a story a bit closer to the event and don't have all the details. But from what I understand, it's a drop-in kind of deal designed to accommodate different schedules. The Blake Road Corridor Collaborative is also in close contact with the city and acting as a conduit between the city and residents in the area. Also: While Oakes Park and Cottageville Park are tied together insofar as the lift station goes, the park plan was initiated because of the watershed district's acquisition of property bordering the park - a purchase that happened well before the lift station deal was on the table. The Oakes Park deal just adds another piece to the puzzle.
Norman Teigen June 23, 2012 at 01:22 PM
I think that a new name for the park should be considerd. What does Cottageville have to do with anything?
Diane R Bangerter June 23, 2012 at 01:44 PM
I agree with Norman, a new name would be great. Cottageville has no meaning or punch to it. Could this be a town contest?


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