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Help us Build A Park

Post Date:01/12/2018 2:32 PM

Press release dated January 12, 2018:

The City of Hastings invites residents to participate in a community meeting to provide input on future playground improvements. The Parks and Recreation Department was recently awarded a $105,000 outdoor recreation matching grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. These funds, along with matching funds set aside in the city budget, will be used to replace the playground equipment at Lions Park, located at 1043 5th Street West. The city is seeking public input to help plan the update at Lions Park and to source ideas for future park improvements.

A community meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 30th at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at Hastings City Hall. Residents are encouraged to come prepared with ideas and examples of playground items they would like to see at Lions Park. Staff is looking forward to collecting ideas from residents’ personal experiences, photos, websites and specific locations they have enjoyed playgrounds. “Our hope is to find the best fit for the Lions Park neighborhood and possibly create something new and exciting. The additional matching grant funds will allow us to not only create a great fit for the neighborhood, but also a destination for families around Hastings to enjoy,” said Parks and Rec Director, Chris Jenkins.

Lions Park playground was scheduled for replacement during the 2017 budget planning process. The current play structure is more than 20 years old, and has reached the threshold for replacement. A 20-year lifespan is typical for a neighborhood park, and replacement provides an opportunity to address the changing needs of a neighborhood.

Residents who are unable to attend the Community meeting are encouraged to contact Parks and Recreation Director, Chris Jenkins, with ideas. Send personal experiences, photos, and examples to cjenkins@hastingsmn.gov.