Eagan Invests in Parks & Rec Facilities

We are planning our future fun, connections, and spaces, so we all can thrive.

Eagan residents love their parks and recreation opportunities. Nearly nine in 10 residents rate our parks a priority, and we work to reflect that community value. Our community boasts an extensive parks system with 60 parks and wide-ranging facilities and amenities, including trails, a water park, a splash pad, an ice arena, outdoor rinks, a community center, pavilions, accessible spaces, neighborhood play areas, and more.

Keeping Parks Current and Inclusive

“Over the past 10 years, we've re-envisioned and built many of the city's parks and public spaces to meet the needs of our growing and diversifying community,” says Andrew Pimental, Eagan's director of Parks & Recreation.

Besides the amenities mentioned above, Parks & Rec has focused on building pickleball courts to cater to local fans of America's fastest-growing sport, adding inclusion spaces like Nature Play at Patrick Eagan Park and Destination All-Play at Woodhaven Park, and updating historical sites like Holz Farm to serve as learning venues for future generations.

“The City of Eagan is committed to making sure parks and recreation are available for all ages, interests, and abilities and we're always planning for our future,” Pimental says. “In 2019, we began studying how our parks and recreation facilities will need to evolve to serve you, your neighbors, and our future.”

Planning to Improve Recreation Facilities

We know how much our community values our 60 parks, our community facilities, and our green spaces. In fact, nearly all residents rate our parks and recreation opportunities positively and as a top City priority. We work to reflect those values.

Each year we look at our Eagan park system plan to ensure that our parks serve everyone. Here are a few projects we're investing in this year to keep our parks, buildings, and community vibrant in 2023 and beyond.

  • Eagan Art House logo

    Eagan Art
    House

    Your place to create and connect

  • Goat Hill icon

    Goat Hill Park and Skating Rink

    Winter play destination

  • Eagan Community Center logo

    Eagan Community Center

    A hub for community


What's next for these facilities?


  • Eagan Art
    House

    Planning how to create space for our thousands of users

  • Goat Hill Park and Skating Rink

    Design and planning of shelter/pavilion project

  • Eagan Community Center

    Planning and adjusting programs and amenities to serve everyone

Phase 1 Timeline (2023-2025)

Parks Projects Timline
Parks Projects Timline

Next Steps for Three Key Spaces

That 2019 study found that our current facilities are aging and need updates, so in the coming years the City is planning to invest in the following parks and recreation facilities:

Eagan Art House
Updating Your Place to Create: Building a New Eagan Art House

For more than 25 years, the Eagan Art House has been our community's place to create and connect. In fact, thousands of artists have visited the 1960s rambler-style building every year since 1997. It's no surprise to users or staff that we need a new art facility.

The design will integrate with Patrick Eagan Park, showcasing its beauty, and include land restoration to a native oak savannah. Enhanced air filtration will improve safety, and a commitment to sustainability will guide construction and maintenance. The city anticipates releasing the final design in the fall and breaking ground next spring. Despite construction, classes and activities will continue in the current building until the new one is ready.

 

Goat Hill Park

Goat Hill Park is a winter play destination for skating, hockey, and more. A partnership with the Eagan Hockey Association allowed the City to install a refrigerated rink in the fall of 2022 to better support the community's winter activities. To expand this amenity, a new shelter and pavilion will make the space even more of a winter destination and a year-round amenity.

Eagan Community Center

Updating this community hub which hosts 500,000 annual visitors, will ensure future activities and fun.

  • Project goals
    • Create multi-functional activities and gathering spaces
    • Increase participation capacity for activities
    • Refresh existing spaces to increase efficiencies and create new spaces to enhance activity offerings

New Eagan Community Center concept floor plan based on stakeholder feedback

2024 Park Projects

Goat Hill Park - Phase 3- Shelter Building & Parking Lot

Goat Hill Park is a winter play destination for skating, hockey, and more. A partnership with the Eagan Hockey Association allowed the City to install a refrigerated rink in the fall of 2022 to better support the community's winter activities. To expand this amenity, redesigned parking, as well as, a new shelter and pavilion will make the space even more of a winter destination and a year-round amenity. Project development is planned to continue into 2024. Rendering is subject is change.

Contractors/Consultants: JLG Architects / RJM Construction

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Comp Plan/Master Plan: Supported by both plans

Project Cost Estimate: $8,000,000

Funding Source: Park Development Fund

Location: 4391 Lexington Ave. S.

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Event Est. Completion
Advertisement for Bid January 2024 Jan 30, 2024
Public Comment Aug. 21, 2023 Aug 21, 2024
Construction Period Spring 2024 Winter 2024
Opening Date Winter 2024 Winter 2024

O'Leary Park Playground is scheduled for replacement during the 2024 construction season. During this replacement, staff is recommending moving the playground location from the south side of the park nearest Duckwood Drive to the north side of the park nearest the current sun shelter and basketball court. This change is to meet The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards for the playground containers elevation. 

Please view the two proposals below for the playground replacement. We appreciate hearing from our users and community about our proposals. Please leave a comment in the below comment box by March 1, 2024.

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Option 1 - Playit Creations

Option 2 - Minnesota - Wisconsin Playground / GameTime

Project Name: O'Leary Playground Replacement

Contractors/Consultants: TBD

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Comp Plan/Master Plan: Supported by both plans

Project Cost Estimate: $50,000

Funding Source: Park Development Fund

Location: 3501 Lexington Avenue South

Event Est. Start Est. Completion
Advertisement for Bid/Request for Proposals December 2023 January 26, 2024
Public Comment

February - March 1, 2024

Please submit information to the above comment box

Construction Period Construction Season 2024 Construction Season 2024
Opening Date September 2024 September 2024

The tennis courts at Bur Oaks Park will be repaired and resurfaced with new asphalt and acrylic during the 2024 season.

Project Name: Oak Chase Tennis Court

Contractors/Consultants: Bituminous Roadways, Inc.

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Comp Plan/Master Plan: Supported by both plans

Project Cost Estimate: $150,000

Funding Source: Park Development Fund

Location: 3421 Rolling Hills Drive

Parks Master Plan

Park System Master Plan Update

Parks and recreation are an essential community service that provides health and environmental benefits, economic value, and social connections. A strong and active park system is a key component to enjoying a high quality of life. This system also plays a crucial role in protecting natural resources for future generations. The City of Eagan has built a comprehensive park system over the last 60 years, providing spaces for its residents to recreate, exercise, learn, gather together, and enjoy nature and solitude. As demographics, recreation trends, and environmental conditions in Eagan continue to evolve and change, a flexible and adaptable park system plan is necessary to meet changing needs. This update to the Parks & Recreation System Plan is part of the City of Eagan's 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update. It builds upon the Eagan Park Plans (1983 & 1995), the 20/20 Vision Plan for Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (2006), and the City's recently completed Eagan Forward (2016) vision plan.

Prior Projects

Summary:

2016: The five-year Parks & Recreation Master Plan identified future improvement needs at Rahn Park. The City has continued to proactively budget and identify this park for redevelopment efforts. Reinvestment projects aim at correcting both deferred maintenance and aid in keeping our parks up to date and flexible for organized and passive recreation use.

2020: Improvement dollars were approved by the City Council for a two-phase approach at Rahn Park.

2021: The existing tennis and basketball courts were constructed in the mid-1980s. Phase 1 would focus on outdoor improvements to the site.

2022: The existing warming house/park building was built in 1974. Phase 2 would focus on the warming house/park building remodel.

Project Name: Rahn Park Building Renovation

Contractors/Consultants: LHB Architects

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Comp Plan/Master Plan: Supported by both plans

Project Cost Estimate: $650,000

Funding Source: Park Development Fund

Location: 4425 Sandstone Dr.

Event Est. Start Est. Completion
Engagement - Open House

Nov. 15, 2021 - Open House

4425 Sandstone Dr., 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Can't make it or prefer to provide input virtually? Click here to provide feedback on park amenities at this site: polco.us/shx8pm

Nov. 15, 2021 - Open House

4425 Sandstone Dr., 5:30 -6:30 p.m.

Can't make it or prefer to provide input virtually? Click here to provide feedback on park amenities at this site: polco.us/shx8pm

Design/Construction Documents May 2021

November 2021

Advertisement for Bid/Request for Proposals December 2021 Bid opening: Jan. 12, 2022
Construction Period February 2022 December 2022
Opening Date December 2022 December 2022

Summary: A new paved trail connection between Rahn Athletic Park and Rahn Park offers better accessibility to park amenities. The trail connection provides more user-friendly and ADA-compliant access to all park amenities in both parks. These amenities include restrooms, ballfields, open play space, nature trails, sport courts, playgrounds, volleyball, and access to additional trail connections to the city-wide system.

Project Name: Rahn Park Connection Trail

Contractors/Consultants: TBD

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Comp Plan/Master Plan: Supported by both plans

Project Cost Estimate: $175,000

Funding Source: Park Development Funds and MN DNR Local Trail Connections Grant

Location: 4425 Sandstone Drive

Event Est. Start Est. Completion
Advertisement for Bid/Request for Proposals TBD TBD
Construction Period May 2022 December 2022
Opening Date December 2022 December 2022

For more information on Public Art Installation please visit cityofeagan.com/public-art

The City of Eagan Parks and Recreation Department annually completes projects that add additional amenities/value to sites that are completed with City staff or are lower cost.

  • Off Leash Dog Park (OLDA) - The OLDA small dog area will receive fencing improvements.
  • Playground surfacing - Quarry Park and Trapp Farm Park will have pea gravel playground surfacing removed and have fiber wood chips installed to assist with accessibility.
  • Northview Athletic Building - Design and create construction documents for the concession/storage/bathroom building near the softball fields at Northview Park.

Summary:The City of Eagan is partnering with the local youth hockey association, Eagan Hockey Association (EHA) to increase access to outdoor skating in the winter and create a year-round community space with the construction of a refrigerated ice rink and pavilion covering at Goat Hill Park. The multi-phased project will begin this fall with installation of a concrete rink with a chiller system, that once built, will provide access to outdoor skating as early as October and as late as March.

EHA has presented the City with a commitment of $1.3 million in funding to pay for the first phase of developing a covered, outdoor rink that would support the city's goal of developing a destination winter recreation facility per the 2015 Parks Master Plan.

Partnership Background: In October of 2018, the EHA approached the City of Eagan with an idea to partner on a mini refrigerated rink as an experiment at Pilot Knob Park. That winter, a successful partnership provided a variety of experiences for both park users, as well as EHA membership and inspired a larger partnership to be considered.

Project Name: Goat Hill Park Rink

Contractors/Consultants: All American Ice LLC, Max Steininger Inc., 292 Design Group

Staff Lead: Chris Fleck, facility and project manager, (651) 675-5557

Comp Plan/Master Plan: Supported by both plans

Project Cost: $1,300,000.00 Projected Cost

Funding source: 100% Donated Funds

Location: 4391 Lexington Ave. S.

Event Est. Start Est. Completion
Engagement Process

July 2021

Survey was provided on the City of Eagan website. For additional comments please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

July 2021

Survey was provided on the City of Eagan website. For additional comments please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Design/Construction Documents July 2021 September 2021
Advertisement for Bid/Request for Proposals July 2021 September 2021
Construction Period September 2021 December 2021
Opening Date TBD TBD

Project Update

Oct. 28, 2021

Earthwork has prepared the site for rink construction. Perimeter concrete work has begun and is currently being coordinated around the edge of the future rink. Following the perimeter concrete process - contractors will work towards preparing the interior (rink) slab, weather permitting.

Nov. 11, 2021

Summary:

Now Open - Oct. 11, 2021

 

The existing tennis and basketball courts were originally constructed in the mid-1980s. The courts have received typical crack maintenance past three decades but are now deemed unrepairable. New court spaces may include play for basketball, tennis, and pickleball. Construction concepts are being developed for additional parking spaces which may include off-street parking along Sandstone Drive and possible use of the east hockey rink as temporary or seasonal parking; the hockey rink will still be available for winter skating. Plans are also being developed for renovating the existing trail connection to the courts to meet ADA code. The existing court lights will be refurbished with energy-saving LED fixtures. Additional work will be included in this project to mitigate water runoff from the courts before entering the nearby pond. New site amenities will include benches and additional landscaping.

Project Name: Rahn Park Courts

Contractors: WSB

Staff Lead: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (651) 675-5329

Comp Plan/Master Plan: Supported by both plans

Project Cost: $500,000.00 Projected Cost

Funding source: 100% Park Dedication Fund

Location: 4425 Sandstone Drive

Event Est. Start Est. Completion
Engagement Process November 16, 2020 - Cancelled November 16, 2020 - Cancelled
Design documents January 2021 January 2021
Construction Period April 2021 September 2021
Advertisement for Bid March 2021 March 2021
Bid Opening March 2021 March 2021
Opening Date - Now Open October 11, 2021 October 11, 2021

Summary:

The existing playground and swingset will be removed from the site. The swingset container will be completely removed and seeded with the replacement swingset being installed in the playground container.

Project Name: Cinnamon Ridge Park Playground Replacement

Contractors: Flagship Recreation / Landscape Structures

Staff Lead: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (651) 675-5505

Comp Plan/Master Plan: Supported by both plans

Project Cost: $55,200.00 Projected Cost

Funding source: 100% Park Dedication Fund

Location: 4480 Slater Road

Event Est. Start Est. Completion
Request for proposal December 2020 Dec. 18
Document Review December 2020 January 2021
Construction Period June 2021 August 2021
Opening Date August 2021 August 2021

Summary:

The existing entrance shade structure will be removed from the site. The site will have additional landscaping installed surrounding the entrance to match the existing park landscaping. The site will also have two vertical signs installed at the entrance.

Project Name: Festival Grounds Entrance

Contractors: Schnell Designs

Staff Lead: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (651) 675-5505

Comp Plan/Master Plan: Supported by both plans

Project Cost: $25,000.00 Projected Cost

Funding source: 100% Park Dedication Fund

Location: 1507 Central Parkway

Event Est. Start Est. Completion
Request for proposal January 2021 January 2021
Document Review February 2021 March 2021
Construction Period April 2021 May 2021
Opening Date June 2021 June 2021