Battle Creek Play Area
Battle Creek Regional Park, located in Maplewood and Saint Paul, encompasses over 800 acres of park land, a large pavilion, park shelter and water park. A playground located near the large pavilion and water park will be removed in 2018. The playground is beyond its replacement life cycle and has received funding for replacement. Rather than simply replace the existing equipment, a project has begun to determine what the play-related needs of the park are and to gain public feedback on what type of play area should be developed. Public input provided at community meetings and a public survey in fall 2017 was used to create the concept designs as well as the following vision and goals for the proposed play area:
Create a regional destination play area at Battle Creek Regional Park.
- Replace old, out-dated existing equipment.
- Move the existing play area out of the flood zone.
- Make a unique space with varied features.
- Expand the typical user group from children ages 2-12 to all ages.
- Universal, inclusive design for users of all abilities.
- Complement existing Battle Creek facilities including: Waterworks, picnic pavilion, biking and hiking trails and stormwater infrastructure.
- Create a large, regional facility.
- Consider future maintenance when creating features.
- The play area should be environmentally friendly with an education component