Eden Prairie crews are busy working on park projects all over town this summer. Some add amenities, others spruce up existing ones.
The work includes installing a splash pad at Nesbitt Preserve Park, 8641 Center Way, and installing new play structures at Prairie East, 10379 Balsam Way, and Wyndham Knoll, 6525 Dell Road, parks.
Jay Lotthammer, the city’s parks and recreation director, said construction on the new Nesbitt Park splash pad will begin next week. He said it might be finished by the end of the summer, but most likely, the new splash pad will open for business next summer.
The new splash pad will be located adjacent to the existing playground and will come with additional seating and shade structures.
It will join the city’s two other splash pads at Round Lake and Miller parks.
Lotthammer said the city will install new play structures at Prairie East and Wyndham Knoll in the next couple of weeks. According to the city’s website, both play structures should be ready to enjoy by the end of the fall.
Crews are also working on various trail rehabilitation and tennis court maintenance projects.
The city website reported that the trail rehabilitation project began in early June and is anticipated to continue through the fall.
It includes removing and constructing new trail pavement for select portions of Neill Lake, Pioneer Trail, Riley Lake Road and Coachman Lane to Boulder Point Road connection trails. Construction work will be done in phases, affecting the different trails at various times within the project timeline.
The tennis court rehabilitation projects begin this month at Crestwood Park and Red Rock Lake Park. During the construction, the tennis and basketball courts there will be closed.
Crews will also resurface the tennis courts at Eden Valley, Homeward Hills, Riley Lake, and Rustic Hills parks this summer. All the work is expected to be done by the fall.
Work constructing a retaining wall and installing a new surface in the Staring Lake Park lower parking lot began earlier this month.
The lot will intermittently close until the project’s anticipated completion in early fall. A fishing pier and nearby trail will remain open during the project. Visitors can park in the upper parking lot at the Pioneer Trail entrance.
“All those things that happen every year but just in new locations to keep us looking as good and playable and useable as we can,” Lotthammer said.
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