The city takes pride in maintaining and enhancing the city’s park system for the residents of Shakopee. Amenities are being added and new parks are being built. Here are a few current and recently completed projects:
Emerald Lane Park & Hiawatha Park
In 2017, we installed new playground equipment at Emerald Lane and Hiawatha parks. In fall 2016, the city received a matching grant from playground manufacturer Game Time, allowing the city to upgrade two park playgrounds in 2017.
Tahpah Park West
The city plans to construct a youth 12-13-year-old field and a full-size baseball field on 10 undeveloped acres at Tahpah Park. Construction of the full-sized field is completed; the youth field is a future phase.
Tahpah Park and Muenchow Fields
In 2017, park maintenance staff made adjustments to Muenchow Field 1, including reducing the infield size, moving irrigation lines, hauling in black dirt and reseeding the field. With the work, the fields at Muenchow Park are now more consistent, which benefits the programs who use the fields.
Staff also expanded Field 8 at Tahpah Park to provide more consistent field sizes for adult league play. The work included removing fencing, excavating behind home plate, regrading the infield, expanding the warning track and moving irrigation lines to fit the new field size. Crews also built a new retaining wall from salvaged block from a previous project.
In addition, the department also built a new future soccer and football field on the south end of the park. The project required crews to install storm drain, grade the site, install irrigation and seed the field for use in late fall 2018 or early spring 2019, depending on turf growth.
Quarry Lake Park
In 2016, the city completed the first phase of developing the new 111-acre Quarry Lake Park in west Shakopee. The park contains a 70-acre lake that is used by the Shakopee-Prior Lake Water Ski Association.
The Minnesota Valley State Trail's Mill Pond channel pedestrian crossing is closed. The bridge, located on the northern edge of Memorial Park, has been removed.
The city hired WSB and Associates to design the bridge and determine location options. The city chose their desired alignment Oct. 4, 2016. The city has $300,000 allocated for the project and has received two $150,000 Federal Recreational Trails Grant. However, preliminary estimates for the replacement of the bridge and trail connection are between $665,000 and $789,000.
Staff continues to work with other entities on the bridge location and additional funding opportunities. At this time, there is not a specific date for replacement.