The following article by Jake Weyer was published in the November 29, 2010 issue of the Southwest Journal:
INPUT SOUGHT FOR LAKE HARRIET PLAYGROUND REMODEL
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is looking for community input on a planned remodel of William Berry Park and Beard’s Plaisance.
The Park Board on Nov. 3 approved the formation of a Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) to provide input on the designs. Because the CAC is not appointed, the Park Board will take feedback from whoever attends four public meetings scheduled to discuss the projects. If a vote is needed, CAC members who have attended the majority of meetings will be able to do so.
Meetings will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 9, Jan. 11, Jan. 25 and possibly Feb. 8 at Linden Hills Recreation Center, 3100 43rd St. W.
Minneapolis-based Close Landscape Architecture was chosen as a consultant on the project. Construction is tentatively scheduled to start in the summer of 2011 and wrap up in the spring of 2012. A grant of more than $1 million from the Parks and Trails fund, part of the Legacy Amendment, will pay for the projects.
William Berry Park is located in Linden Hills between Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun, Beard’s Plaisance is at 45th Street and Upton Avenue on the west side of Lake Harriet.
For more information on the playground remodels, go to the project page at http://www.minneapolisparks.org.