We recently introduced City Council’s new Focus on Fridley initiative in which they identified five key focus areas for the council, city staff, and the community to focus on moving forward.
We are continuing to cover each of the five focus areas identified in the Focus on Fridley initiative. In our January/February edition of the newsletter, we discussed the area of Public Safety and Environmental Stewardship, and what that looked like for our city. In this edition we will be exploring another focus area that everyone in our community values: Vibrant Neighborhoods and Places.
Vibrant Neighborhoods and Places focuses on the need to create or better utilize local places for gathering and activities. This includes looking at new ideas within existing spaces, and any possible enhancements to better accommodate programming. “While Fridley does not have a true ‘downtown’ that creates a natural gathering place for community celebrations and programming, we have a lot of great spaces in our new Civic Campus and beautiful parks. We are looking for locations around our city and at new or existing programming that better connects our community,” explained Mayor Scott Lund.
The new Fridley Civic Campus has numerous opportunities for public engagement activities inside the buildings, on the plaza and in the outdoor amphitheater. Activities could range from movies, live music, seasonal celebrations, wellness sessions and public art displays with the ability to also house food and beverage options provided by local food trucks or distributors.
Fridley is also home to many beautiful parks and nature spaces. Locke Regional Park contains part of the regional trail system and the winding Rice Creek that distributes into Locke Lake. This park currently serves for more passive activities with its walking/biking trail and off-leash dog activities. Community Park is a 21-acre park that features athletic fields, playground equipment and a park building. It is located right across the street from the Fridley Civic Campus.
To connect these vibrant spaces and neighborhoods, we are reviewing our Active Transportation Plan to evaluate connectivity opportunities through walking/biking trails and lanes. The plan helps guide development so that all residents can travel throughout the community with ease. You can read the full plan online at FridleyMN.gov/ActiveTransportation. The City is currently researching funding opportunities to improve the east/west access in the city through the extension of the 57th Avenue trail. The trail addition would create more connections to surrounding communities and give access to commercial areas.
With opportunities in both our city and county parks, the City has been working on a parks master plan through our Finding Your Fun in Fridley initiative. In 2019, we gained resident feedback by:
• Hosting four community workshops that welcomed residents to come and share their thoughts on the future of our parks and trails system
• Creating on online interactive map where residents could drop comment pins on specific points of the city map
The feedback process was meant to get a clearer picture of the design or enhancements of future parks as well as the opportunity for programming within them. After reviewing public input and receiving preliminary quotes for suggested enhancements to the parks, the City is putting together a draft master plan that will be opened for public comments and consideration. You can find more information about the Finding Your Fun in Fridley initiative by visiting FridleyMN.gov/FindingYourFun.
Provide us your thoughts on vibrant neighborhoods and places in our city by visiting www.Polco.us/Fridley and taking a short survey.