Crystal unveils parks plans at open house

Open house attendees discuss the Bassett Creek park plans at a March 14 parks master plan open house at Crystal Community Center. (Sun Post staff photos by Laci Gagliano)
Open house attendees discuss the Bassett Creek park plans at a March 14 parks master plan open house at Crystal Community Center. (Sun Post staff photos by Laci Gagliano)

Crystal Community Center bustled with residents at a March 14 open house as community members arrived to give their feedback on a presentation of city park redesign concepts.

Community members left comments and notes about what they like about the design concepts, don’t like, and wish to see. The parks and recreation department will use the feedback to influence redesign plans.
Community members left comments and notes about what they like about the design concepts, don’t like, and wish to see. The parks and recreation department will use the feedback to influence redesign plans.

John Elholm, parks and recreation director, said the parks redesign is part of a 20-year vision for the parks system, with emphasis being placed on Becker Park due to its central location within the city and close proximity to the planned light rail transit station.

“We have five parks (on display), and each has a couple different concepts. For example, North Lions has one that’s heavy on sports fields, one that focuses a little more on winter recreation like ice skating and a sledding hill, and the third concept is more nature preservation. We’re just trying to get input from people about what they’d like to see at these different parks,” Elholm said.

Representatives from Three Rivers Park District were available at the open house to talk about possible ideas for the Metropolitan Airports Commission Wildlife Area near the Crystal airport.
Representatives from Three Rivers Park District were available at the open house to talk about possible ideas for the Metropolitan Airports Commission Wildlife Area near the Crystal airport.

Elholm said once public input is received and analyzed, his department anticipates having some solidified proposals to present to the council within the year.