Park Project Updates
In 2020, the City of New Brighton approved the 2040 Park & Trail System Master Plan, which was a community-involved planning and design process that identifies recommendations for improvements to the park and trail system to meet the current needs and desires of the community. The City is now undertaking the first steps of implementing recommendations of the plan by making an initial investment into the park system. The first project was Sunny Square Park, which will be getting its finishing touches this Spring, and with favorable weather, will be open for field play this fall.
Thank you for your patience while we made the upgrades to this gem of a park. Construction has been completed, and the playground and most amenities are available for use! We are currently waiting for the turf to establish before we can begin scheduling ball games in the newly enhanced ballfield.
We are excited to announce that the Hansen Park East reconstruction project is anticipated to start in the spring of 2023. Tree removals that were necessary due to construction impacts have been completed in preparation for the site work to begin. The Hansen East project area will be closed for public use and access while construction is taking place to ensure the community's safety. There will also be some temporary street closings as removal and paving operations take place along the affected streets. We ask for your patience and consideration during these closures. As we replace the tennis courts, you will also see some construction activity taking place in Hansen West, but Hansen West will remain open to the public.
Project elements will include:
- Consolidation of parking into one parking lot, reorientation and enhancements to the two ballfields, the inclusion of a multi-purpose field overlay, the addition of a picnic shelter with restrooms near the ballfields and disc golf course, realigned trails, and stormwater enhancements.
- Tennis Court replacement on the west side of Hansen Park
We are currently under construction, and we appreciate everyone patience! We know that it has been a dry start to summer. The contractor is spraying down the construction area nightly to knock back the amount of dust in the air. Please help us complete the project quickly and safely by respecting any and all trail or park closed signs!
All disc golf parking should be on the West side of Hansen Park.
Construction work will be limited to the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday and is anticipated to be substantially completed by December 1, 2023.
- One of the most asked for amenities during the park planning process was the inclusion of a splash pad in New Brighton. Lions Park will be home to the City’s first splash pad! It will have a unique nature theme to blend into the feel of the surrounding Long Lake Regional Park area. This amenity will be installed in late summer/early fall, for hopeful use in the summer of 2024.
You can see the plans for these parks, and provide comment on each of the plans by visiting the City’s Social pinpoint site. https://wsb.mysocialpinpoint.com/nbparks/map#/sidebar/tab/about
The City of New Brighton hired WSB & Associates, Inc. to prepare construction document plans and Kraus-Anderson to manage the 2023 park construction efforts, as illustrated in the Concept Site Plan. Construction is scheduled to start in mid to late June of 2023, at which time the park will be closed to the public until construction completion, anticipated in late fall of 2023. Construction activities will include related construction traffic and noise along with temporary road closures. We ask for your patience as we improve the park to provide a better recreation experience for you. The project was awarded a $300,000 grant through the Minnesota DNR Outdoor Recreation Grant as detailed below, with the remaining funding by the City of New Brighton.