Commission to host open house on Casey Lake Park improvements


The proposed building at Casey Lake Park features bathrooms, a gathering space and a kitchen. The park is north of the intersection of 17th Avenue and East Mohawk Road. (courtesy of the city of North St. Paul)

The North St. Paul Parks and Recreation Commission will present the design for a proposed building at Casey Lake Park at an open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at City Hall, 2400 Margaret St.
Residents will have a chance to check out the project and offer feedback.

The commission hopes to significantly boost the amenities at the park in the northwest portion of the city. The proposal includes bathrooms, a simple kitchen (food would be brought in, but not prepared there), sheltered picnic tables and a meeting area in the new facility that would be available for community events and celebrations, according to Terry Furlong, the North St. Paul City Council representative on the commission. 

The estimated cost of the new structure is $646,131, according to city staff. 

The restrooms would be “a huge plus,” Furlong said. The new building would also offer a fresh venue for parties for baseball teams, graduations and anniversaries.

“It’s going to be a huge improvement for the park,” Furlong said. “It’s just going to be a really great asset for the neighborhood and for the city as a whole to be able to have a place to go and congregate.”

The existing building, which is used for storage and the fire department’s annual booya fundraiser, would also get an $80,460 facelift, Furlong said. 

The park has baseball fields, a walking path around Casey Lake and a play structure.  

Also in the works at the park: The commission has partnered with a local couple whose 18-month-old daughter died suddenly, inspiring the family to raise money to build a toddler-friendly play structure in her honor at Casey Lake. Plans for the playground are underway.

--Kaitlyn Roby
 

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