Hackmann Circle Park
|Address||1071 Hackmann Circle NE|
|Current Status||Implementation Planning|
|Park Type||Neighborhood Park|
Neighborhood park that services neighborhoods #32 and #33 with some possibility of neighborhood #29 that is currently lacking a park. All of these neighborhoods are also supported by Moore Lake Park. Hackmann Circle has a playground and full size (undersized) basketball court up right on the northern property lines with a large open green space.
General redevelopment with some minor layout modifications to incorporate new amenities and replace existing amenities for an improved recreational experience.
- Landscape enhancements and screening
- Open lawn with low-grow and/or bee-friendly turf mixture
- New playground (moved further away from property line) meeting varying age groups
- ADA compliant playground surfacing (engineered wood fiber)
- Concrete playground border
- Relocated full size basketball court
- Picnic shelter with 2 tables
- Site furnishings with common characteristic (benches, tables, receptacles, bike racks, drinking fountain, etc.)
- Walk connections
- Optional water treatment area
- Security light
A total of $50 million in possible park system improvements were identified in the Park Plan. Based on resident input, Fridley City Council directed staff to work with a Park Plan Refinement Task Force advisory group to recommend $30 million in park projects that would be most impactful to the community.
Further, a resident Finance Task Force recommended funding the park system improvement plan by issuing General Obligation (GO) Tax Abatement Bonds for $20 million in bond proceeds, being repaid over no more than 15 years, with an additional $10 million to come from other City of Fridley funds.
Tax abatement is a tool that can be used by cities to abate all or a portion of property taxes levied by the City for a given purpose, such as public infrastructure improvements. All taxpayers, whether identified as an abated parcel or not, will continue to pay property taxes as they normally would. Minnesota Statute 469.1813 gives cities authority for tax abatement, and this has become an increasingly common means of funding park improvements, as they provide benefit to all residents. A requirement is holding a public hearing for the consideration of tax abatement, and that was held on May 23, 2022.The bonds will be repaid over 15 years with annual debt service payments being levied for and it is likely there will be an increase in property taxes beginning in 2023.
This plan will provide many opportunities for expanded recreation programming, enjoyment of nature and social gatherings. Enhancing and modernizing the city park system will position Fridley as a great place to live, work and play now and for many years to come.