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New amenities coming to Lake Julia Park

This equipment is meant for children ages 2 to 5.

Lake Julia Park will get a facelift this summer, thanks to a set of decisions by the Farmington City Council.

During Monday's meeting, council members approved the purchase of two new sets of playground equipment -- one for children 2 to 5 years old and one for kids in the 5- to 12-year-old range -- and a new picnic shelter for the park.

The city council had previously approved $125,000 in the 2012 park improvement fund for additions to Lake Julia Park. The improvements proposed for this year included the new playground equipment, the picnic shelter, and construction of a new off-street parking lot.

In February, a request for proposals was issued for the playground equipment and the picnic shelter. On Monday, Farmington parks and recreation director Randy Distad brought recommendations to the city council.

State law requires separate playground equipment for the two age groups, Distad said, so the two projects were bid separately.

The city received eight bids for the younger group's playground equipment. Council approved a contract with St. Croix Recreation Company, which will build and install that equipment for $15,000. Six bids were received for the other equipment. That contract was awarded to Minnesota/Wisconsin Playground, which will build and install the equipment for $50,000.

"This year, park and rec was looking for something more nontraditional, not a lot of decks, a lot of slides, not a lot of the things you traditionally see in a playground structure," Distad said. "Interestingly enough, some of the park and rec commission do have kids so they run it past their 'advisory board' first before they come to the park and rec commission meetings," Distad told council members.

The city also received six bids for the picnic shelter. Council approved a contract with Flanagan Sales, Inc., which will build the shelter for $35,000. The new shelter will be 900 square feet, which will allow enough space to cover 10 to 12 picnic tables.

The items approved Monday account for $100,000 of the budgeted amount for Lake Julia Park improvements. The remaining $25,000 will be allocated to construction of a parking lot. Currently, Lake Julia does not have an on-site parking lot.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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