Finding Your Fun in Fridley

Scenic view in Farr Lake Park

Park System Improvement Plan 

Current Project Status Finding Your Fun in Fridley logo

Fridley community members have been telling us our city parks need help. The City of Fridley listened. Starting in 2019, the City undertook a community-driven comprehensive park system planning process known as “Finding Your Fun in Fridley.” The process included community workshops and online feedback to help the City understand what improvements our community would like in the City parks system. 

Draft designs were created for each city park based on the feedback from the workshops and online. From March to early May in 2021, residents had the opportunity to provide feedback on these draft designs via an interactive map and in-person neighborhood meetings. You can view these draft park designs online. City staff compiled nearly 1,000 comments from residents on the park plans and held dozens of meetings in neighborhood parks and with stakeholder groups such as city commissions and partner organizations. Thank you to everyone who submitted surveys and provided input! Your ideas and suggestions will help shape the future designs of Fridley parks. 

Survey results and other feedback on the draft designs are being compiled and organized to help refine the draft design concepts and provide estimates. Updates on the project and recommendations from the community feedback were discussed at the 2021 Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, June 5. You can watch the 2021 Town Hall meeting online.

Next Steps

Park System Task Forces

After the June 2021 Town Hall meeting, City Council passed a resolution directing the formation of two citizen task forces; one to provide guidance on funding future park improvements and one to advise city staff on priorities and refinement of the park system plan to not exceed $30 million dollars.

Mayor Scott Lund and the Council provided recommendations of residents representing the City’s three wards to serve on these task forces. At the June 28 City Council meeting, a slate of volunteer committee members was selected to serve on the Park System Improvement Plan Refinement and Financing Task Forces. This group of volunteers will participate in a series of advisory meetings to provide recommendations to City staff and City Council. Meetings for both task forces are open to the public. 

The Park Plan Refinement Task Force will meet at the Fridley Civic Campus at 7:00 p.m. on August 12, September 10, and October 8. Please note, the Plan Refinement Task Force will now meet in the EOC Classroom instead of the Council Chambers. The EOC Classroom is located on the second floor of City Hall, please follow the signs in the building to the EOC classroom. If you have questions about the Park Plan Refinement Task Force contact Mike Maher, Community Services Director, at Mike.Maher@FridleyMN.gov or call 763-572-3575.

The Financial Task Force’s first meeting will be August 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers. Additional meetings will be determined at the first meeting. If you have questions about the Financial Task Force contact Dan Tienter, Finance Director, at Daniel.Tienter@FridleyMN.gov or call 763-572-3520.

You can view Task Force Documents in the Project Documents section below. Agendas for each of the task force meetings will be available at least three days prior to the meeting date via the Agenda Center

Park Design Concepts 

Updated draft designs will be available at a later date for residents to review again and provide feedback on. Stay updated on the parks system plan by subscribing to the bi-weekly e-newsletter Fridley For You, following the City of Fridley on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter, or continuing to check this webpage. 

Additional Information

View a full project overview, read about the results from the past workshops, learn about next steps as well as how you can get more involved in the planning process. 

  1. Project overview
  2. Next Steps
  3. Stay Engaged
  4. Get Involved
  5. Project Documents
  6. Questions

Project Overview

Starting in 2019, the City undertook a community-driven comprehensive park system planning process known as “Finding Your Fun in Fridley.” The outcome of this process was a planning document that will guide the city with identified priorities for park improvements and investments to ensure the city has a balanced and equitable park system that meets the needs of the community.

The park system plan process has included the following:

  • Development of a Project Goal Statement
    • "Fridley’s park system will increase the wellbeing of our community by providing people of all ages and abilities with opportunities for active living, social connections, wellness, and nature."
  • Feedback and data gathering through Social Pinpoint Pin map, community survey, and City’s Comprehensive Plan
  • Four Community Workshops (See Past Workshops Tab)
  • Parks & amenities inventory and assessment 

Here's What the Community Said

The Fridley community values our neighborhood and community parks but want to see meaningful improvements and updates. Key community themes and action steps that were identified included:

  • Improved Playground & Amenities
  • Gathering Spaces
  • Year-Round Use & Connectivity 
  • Unique Amenities & Experiences

Themes for parks plan

The City of Fridley is now undertaking the next steps in achieving the community goals and objectives established in the planning process, which are developing park design concepts, developing an implementation plan, determining priorities, and identifying potential funding mechanisms.