The city continues to make amazing improvements within Lions Park, one of its oldest and most popular community parks.
Update March 6: The playground became open to the public on Nov. 11; however there will still be a Grand Opening! The task force is currently working with the playground manufacturer to develop the donor board. Once the donor board is complete a Grand Opening will be scheduled. The Grand Opening is anticipated for mid-May.
The Shakopee Lions Club initiated a renovation to the playground at Lions Park. The playground was one of the oldest playgrounds in the city and was scheduled for an update in the Park Asset plan.
A committee of community members and professionals was formed to develop an all-inclusive playground for the community.
The Lions Club committed a large donation ($50,000) to the park for the renovation. In addition, the city set aside funds to update the playground. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community ($50,000), Shakopee Valley Lions ($5,000) and various businesses and community members also donated toward the project.
The Shakopee Fun For All Playground was completed in November 2016.
Learn more about the project at www.funforallplayground.com.
WHAT IS AN INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUND?
An inclusive playground is intended to provide accessible, age and developmental appropriate activities that stimulate all children physically, emotionally and socially. Rather than one large play structure, inclusive playgrounds use smaller, individual components designed to fit different needs and provide unique sensory experiences. This includes the use of land forms to provide contour and challenges to the park, tunnels, group activities and animals to touch and find, etc. The playground’s surface would be poured-in-place rubber.
The city plans to remove and replace the Lions Park warming house. The current warming house at Lions Park is 30-plus-years-old and in need of extensive repairs.
The City Council hired 292 Design Group to design a new warming house at Lions Park. The city is looking to demolish the current, aging structure and replace with a new building to serve as a warming house and store the city’s outdoor Zamboni. Other possible features include bathrooms and potential park shelter.
In September, the council rejected bids for the construction of a warming house/park shelter. Bids pushed the project over the $500,000 allocated in the Park Asset fund. The council directed staff to reassess the building to find a cheaper alternative.
Staff and 292 Design Group proposed a shelter redesign to the City Council on Feb. 7, 2017. The Council approved the final plans and specifications and authorized the rebidding of the shelter on Feb. 21. The project is currently out for bid. The bid opening for the project is scheduled for 2 p.m. on April 4. It is anticipated the Council will award the project on April 18.