North Commons Park Receiving Upgrades, But Some Unhappy About Proposal

October 09, 2018 10:21 PM

North Commons Park is in the heart of north Minneapolis. And right now, the parks and recreation board is considering some big improvements. But not everyone is happy about it the new proposed improvements. 

"It seems to be totally out of scale and out of character for an urban park," Jeanne Torma said. 

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The park is a busy place and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board wants to make it better. Their improvement plans include removing some of the baseball diamonds in favor of a premier field, with a walking loop and winter sports dome. 

Torma says she and quite a few other residents feel putting a dome in a residential neighborhood is a bad idea. 


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"We just don't want a park that doesn't fit our area," she said.

Adam Arvidson, with the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, said domes are a huge trend in recreation right now with success. 

"And by success, I mean being able to offer recreation programming through the winter to local residents that we're not able to offer right now," he said. 

Adam says the dome would cost just over $6 million. 

"Total operational costs as estimated on an annual basis for the dome, and that would be heat, staffing, cleaning, maintenance-- everything would be $80,000 per year," he said. 

The park board is taking public comments until Oct. 27. Soon after that, the final designs will be brought to the board and they will decide on whether there will be a dome or not.

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