Lewis Park Playground Replacement

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Lewis Park at 7300 Cahill Road is getting new playground equipment!

The new pieces will replace the existing equipment, in the same spot, in the 21-acre park that also features tennis, soccer and skating.

Results of two public surveys: Ziplines, swings, slides and climbing features topped the list of most-requested features for the new playground. Thank you to the 641 people who responded to our first survey, including the students of Creek Valley Elementary. Those results were compiled and used as the basis for proposals from four playground vendors. Results of the second survey on colors and equipment design was used to select a vendor concept.

Color palette chosen by survey takers: Natural. The colors will be Beige, Butterscotch, Gray, Light Green, Tan and Sky Blue.

Example:

Design concept: Based on resident input from the surveys, staff review and the manufacturing timeline, the below concept (ignore the colors in it) has been chosen. The City Council has approved a $150,000 contract with Minnesota Playground to create and install it.

Installation: Expected this summer. We will update with dates as soon as we have a better timeframe.

Equipment style example (ignore color):

Project goals/process include:

  • Reuse as much of the playground container (perimeter) as possible
  • Include play equipment for age groups 2-5 and 5-12
  • Meet ADA & drainage requirements
  • Replace the pea gravel surface with sustainable wood chips like at Arden Park
  • Work directly with the community throughout the process to ensure concerns and aspirations are consistently understood and considered
  • Select a playground vendor to create at least two design concepts to show residents and receive feedback
  • Make a final design concept recommendation to Edina City Council
Thanks for helping us create a new playground together!

Lewis Park at 7300 Cahill Road is getting new playground equipment!

The new pieces will replace the existing equipment, in the same spot, in the 21-acre park that also features tennis, soccer and skating.

Results of two public surveys: Ziplines, swings, slides and climbing features topped the list of most-requested features for the new playground. Thank you to the 641 people who responded to our first survey, including the students of Creek Valley Elementary. Those results were compiled and used as the basis for proposals from four playground vendors. Results of the second survey on colors and equipment design was used to select a vendor concept.

Color palette chosen by survey takers: Natural. The colors will be Beige, Butterscotch, Gray, Light Green, Tan and Sky Blue.

Example:

Design concept: Based on resident input from the surveys, staff review and the manufacturing timeline, the below concept (ignore the colors in it) has been chosen. The City Council has approved a $150,000 contract with Minnesota Playground to create and install it.

Installation: Expected this summer. We will update with dates as soon as we have a better timeframe.

Equipment style example (ignore color):

Project goals/process include:

  • Reuse as much of the playground container (perimeter) as possible
  • Include play equipment for age groups 2-5 and 5-12
  • Meet ADA & drainage requirements
  • Replace the pea gravel surface with sustainable wood chips like at Arden Park
  • Work directly with the community throughout the process to ensure concerns and aspirations are consistently understood and considered
  • Select a playground vendor to create at least two design concepts to show residents and receive feedback
  • Make a final design concept recommendation to Edina City Council
Thanks for helping us create a new playground together!

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    Hi! What is the expected timeframe for starting and completing the new playground? We’re excited!

    LD asked about 2 months ago

    Good question. We don't have an installation schedule yet, but it is planned for this summer. Those same supply chain issues that plague other products also affect playground materials. As soon as we have a schedule, we will do an update. Good news is the removal and installation tends to be quick, so once it starts it only takes a few days.
    - Debbie Townsend, Communications Coordinator

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    I realized after I finished the survey that there wasn’t a section for input on what the ground cover will be. The pebbles are one of our least favorite things about the Lewis Park playground — our kids get covered in dust as a result. It would be great to change to something other than pebbles with this change!

    Jamie Glover asked 7 months ago

    Hi Jamie,

    That's a great question. The current pea gravel surface is going away! It will be replaced by wood chips. They don't get jammed in everything like the gravel or create the dust problem. They are also sustainable so when they end up in the grass they just get chopped up in the mowing and add to the soil. 

    Tom Swenson, Assistant Director - Parks & Natural Resources Parks & Recreation, passed along those details. He said most adults and kids far prefer the wood chip surface. If you want a preview of it, please visit Arden Park, where it was installed as part of that playground project.

    I've added the playground surface change to the project details, because I'm sure others share your question. Thanks again for asking.

    - Debbie Townsend, Communications Coordinator

Page last updated: 22 Apr 2022, 11:06 AM