Champlin Newsletter Fall 2011 : Page 1

F ALL EDITION Champlin Chronicle Morningside Park A Natural Place to Play With the official ribbon cutting on September 19th, the Parks and Recreation Commission welcomed the community to come play at Morningside Park, a lovely neighborhood park in Champlin. This is a very special park; instead of traditional play equipment for the kids it offers an interactive natural play area. Adults will enjoy the peaceful walking trail that meanders through the park. Gardeners will find the park offers a showcase of plants providing inspiration and ideas. Today the newly planted flowers are just starting out, however by next spring and summer they should be in full bloom. Metro Blooms designed the rain garden which provides natural beauty while working hard to purify the storm water as it passes through the parkland. University of Minnesota Master Gardeners designed three flower beds that, in the future, will bloom from spring into fall. Working with Master Gardener Jackie Wright, Parks and Recreation Commissioners Ruth Morgan, Gina Magnuson, Rob Musto and Mary Broughton planted over 180 plants on September 10th of this year. This supplemented the 75 plants the public works staff had installed late summer. This was all completed as the first phase of this park project. There are three flower butterfly gardens included in the overall design. In 2001 the City hired a consultant to review all the playground equipment within its park system. Morningside Park playground equipment was identified by the City Council to be removed as it did not meet Consumer Product Safety Commission standards. Park planning takes many years and begins with a concept plan. Before the economy weakened and when the City was experiencing development it collected park dedication fees; these fees along with other funds were saved and identified through our capital improvement plan for park improvements. In addition local youth athletic associations and other community groups donate to the City’s park fund. This is how in today’s tough economy the City was able to provide this community amenity. This park will have changing features as flower gardens will be added each year until the park is fully developed. The Morningside Neighborhood Group, as part of the Adopt-A-Park program will be helping the City to care for the park throughout the year. The City Council and the Parks and Recreation Commission encourage you to get out and explore our neighborhood parks including the newly revitalized Morningside Park. These little gems throughout the community make Champlin stand out as a place to call home. Getting There Morningside Park is a small neighborhood park, tucked at the cross-section of 131st Avenue North and Union Terrace Lane. Stop by City Hall or the Parks & Recreation building for a City park and trail map. The City’s website www.ci.champlin.mn.us also has a listing of City parks with an interactive map feature within the Parks and Recreation section of the website. city of WHAT’S INSIDE 3 -4 • Three Rivers Park District Upcoming Activities 5 • Family Thanksgiving Bingo 6 • Take the Stormwater Runoff Challenge 8 • 2011 Road and Utility Projects 12 • Payment of Special Assessments 16 • 2011 School District Election There are two picnic tables for friends and families to enjoy a pleasant fall afternoon together. There is a dry creek rock garden that provides a point of interest for visitors. Families will enjoy finding the rocks and logs are meant to be climbed and the natural areas explored. 2 01 1

Morningside Park A Natural Place To Play

Morningside Park A Natural Place to Play

With the official ribbon cutting on September 19th, the Parks and Recreation Commission welcomed the community to come play at Morningside Park, a lovely neighborhood park in Champlin. This is a very special park; instead of traditional play equipment for the kids it offers an interactive natural play area. Adults will enjoy the peaceful walking trail that meanders through the park.

Gardeners will find the park offers a showcase of plants providing inspiration and ideas. Today the newly planted flowers are just starting out, however by next spring and summer they should be in full bloom.Metro Blooms designed the rain garden which provides natural beauty while working hard to purify the storm water as it passes through the parkland.

University of Minnesota Master Gardeners designed three flower beds that, in the future, will bloom from spring into fall. Working with Master Gardener Jackie Wright, Parks and Recreation Commissioners Ruth Morgan, Gina Magnuson, Rob Musto and Mary Broughton planted over 180 plants on September 10th of this year. This supplemented the 75 plants the public works staff had installed late summer. This was all completed as the first phase of this park project. There are three flower butterfly gardens included in the overall design.

There are two picnic tables for friends and families to enjoy a pleasant fall afternoon together. There is a dry creek rock garden that provides a point of interest for visitors.Families will enjoy finding the rocks and logs are meant to be climbed and the natural areas explored.

In 2001 the City hired a consultant to review all the playground equipment within its park system. Morningside Park playground equipment was identified by the City Council to be removed as it did not meet Consumer Product Safety Commission standards. Park planning takes many years and begins with a concept plan. Before the economy weakened and when the City was experiencing development it collected park dedication fees; these fees along with other funds were saved and identified through our capital improvement plan for park improvements. In addition local youth athletic associations and other community groups donate to the City’s park fund. This is how in today’s tough economy the City was able to provide this community amenity.

This park will have changing features as flower gardens will be added each year until the park is fully developed. The Morningside Neighborhood Group, as part of the Adopt-A-Park program will be helping the City to care for the park throughout the year.

The City Council and the Parks and Recreation Commission encourage you to get out and explore our neighborhood parks including the newly revitalized Morningside Park. These little gems throughout the community make Champlin stand out as a place to call home.

Getting There

Morningside Park is a small neighborhood park, tucked at the crosssection of 131st Avenue North and Union Terrace Lane. Stop by City Hall or the Parks & Recreation building for a City park and trail map.The City’s website www.ci.champlin.mn.us also has a listing of City parks with an interactive map feature within the Parks and Recreation section of the website.

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Pictured below is the Champlin City Council from left to right: ArMand Nelson (Ward 4), Eric Johnson (Ward 2), Mayor Mark Uglem, Julia Whalen (Ward 1), Greg Payer (Ward 3)

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