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Project Description:
 
To develop a master plan and cost estimate for phased development of the future Victoria Park.  Victoria Park is one block south of West 7th Street bordered by Montreal Way to the west, Otto Avenue to the east, Mississippi River to the south and Mississippi Market Co-Op and Sholom Community Alliance to the north.  The 40.4 acre site is divided by the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul railroad.

Project Background:

The City of Saint Paul obtained the Victoria Park property with the condition that the property would be developed as a park after environmental cleanup was completed.

Environmental cleanup was accelerated by the City of Saint Paul receiving free fill from the Central Corridor project.  Over 115,000 CY of fill was placed summer and fall of 2011 providing the required environmental cap to bring the land up to recreational use standards.  The remaining portion of the site should be capped when construction resumes spring 2012. 

The City is now in a position to develop a master plan for Victoria Park.  The master plan will design a new park for the West 7th Street neighborhood and provided critical connections to the Mississippi River, Sam Morgan Regional Trail, and Crosby Regional Park.


Meeting Summaries




Design Advisory Meeting #10 

A Design Advisory Committee (DAC) meeting was held on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Nova Classical Academy from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  The meeting updated the DAC on work underway at Victoria Park since the last meeting a year ago (12/3/13).  Parks presented ideas for 2016/2017 CIB request for implementation of the master plan.  Presentation materials and meeting notes are below.

Meeting Notes
Presentation Materials


Parks Commission Meeting – February 12, 2014

Victoria Park master plan will be going before Saint Paul Parks Commission on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm and will be held at Oxford Community Center (270 Lexington Parkway N.)

Final Design Advisory Meeting #9 

At the December 3, 2013 meeting of the Victoria Park Design Advisory Committee, the committee reached consensus on an overall Master Plan for Victoria Park. The plan will go before Saint Paul Parks Commission in February 2014 for final adoption.

The Department of Parks and Recreation would like to thank the Design Advisory Committee for their input and involvement in development of the Master Plan over the past 15 months. We look forward to re-engaging the community as funding sources become available.

Meeting Agenda
Final Presentation (Large file size. Might take time to download)
Final Master Plan 11/19/13
Meeting Notes

Design Advisory Meeting #8


Meeting #8 was held on Tuesday, October 29th at Nova Classical Academy from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. 

Meeting Notes
Meeting Agenda
Overall Master Plan
North Picnic Area - Enlarged View
South Picnic Area - Enlarged View
Overall Presentation

Additional Renderings
Cross Section - Victoria Street
Bird Habitat Area
Winter Pond Skating
Wetland Boardwalk Cross Section
Entry Plaza and Water Feature
South Picnic Area and Open Lawn

Design Advisory Meeting #7


Meeting #7 was held on Tuesday, September 17th at Nova Classical Academy from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Meeting Agenda
Presentation Boards(Large file size. Might take time to download)
Meeting #7 Notes

Design Advisory Meeting #6

Meeting #6 was held on Tuesday, August 13th at Nova Classical Academy from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Meeting Minutes 8/13/2013
Meeting Agenda 8/13/2013
Draft Master Plan
Presentation

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, September 17th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Project contact: Alice Messer, 651-266-6412


Open House
 

The Victoria Park Open House was held on Tuesday, May 14th from 6:00 to 8:00pm. at Nova Classical Academy on the 3rd Floor.

Summary of Comments Received


Design Advisory Meeting #5

Meeting #5 was held Tuesday, March 19th from 6:00 to 8:00pm. at Nova Classical Academy on the 3rd Floor.


Meeting #5 Notes
Stormwater and Wetland Presentation by EOR
Meeting #5 Presentation by Parks

Meeting Agenda 3/19/13
Comments Received on Charette Plans
Common Ideas from Charette Plans
2012 Community Garden Policy
Toronto Outdoor Bake Oven Policy
SITES Memorandum


Design Advisory Meeting #4

Meeting #4 was held January 22, 2013 at Nova Classical Academy from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Meeting materials are provided below:

Meeting Notes
Follow up to Victoria Park Design Charette
Charette Plan 1
Charette Plan 2
Charette Plan 3
Charette Plan 4
Charette Plan 5

Meeting #5 will be held March 19, 2013 on the 3rd Floor of Nova Classical Academy from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.



Design Advisory Meeting #3

Meeting #3 was held December 4, 2012 at Mississippi Market Community Room from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Meeting materials are provided below:

Meeting Agenda
Meeting Minutes
Revised Goals and Objectives 
Victoria Park History Presentation
Presentation Materials (large file size: May take time to dowload)

Next meeting will be held Tuesday, January 22, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Nova Classical Academy. Optional winter walking tour scheduled for Saturday, December 29th at 10:00 am.

Design Advisory Meeting #2 - October 23, 2012

The second Victoria Park Design Advisory Committee meeting was held Tuesday, October 23, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 at Nova Classical Academy.

Meeting agenda, meeting minutes, meeting minute attachment, revised goals and objectives and copy of the PowerPoint presentation are provided below:

Meeting Agenda
Meeting Minutes
Attachment to Meeting Minutes
Revised Goals and Objectives 11/14/12 

PowerPoint Presentation

Next meeting: Tuesday December 4, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Location to be determined.



Design Advisory Meeting #1 - September 17, 2012


The first Victoria Park Design Advisory Committee meeting was held Monday, September 17, 2012 at Sholom Home located at 740 Kay Avenue, St. Paul, MN  55102.

Meeting minutes, meeting agenda, and walking tour map are provided below:

Meeting Minutes
Agenda
Walking Tour Map

Next meeting: Tuesday October 23, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Great Room at Nova Classical Acadamy.


Victoria Park Design Advisory Committee:

Dave Bredemus - Fort Road Federation
Elizabeth McMann - Mississippi Market
Kent Petterson - West 7th Business Organization
Brian Bloomfield - Nova Classical Academy
John Yust - City Council appointee
Halle O'Falvey - Local resident
Paula Faughender - Local resident
Jennifer Verbrugge - Local resident
Stephanie Vagle - Local resident
Scott Olson - Local resident
Pete  Regnier - Friends of Parks and Trails
Bill Driver - Youth recreation
Gary Brueggemann - Youth recreation
Manuel Cervantes - Adult recreation

Co-Chairs:
Emily Shively - Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Commission
Tonya Johnson Nicholie - Fort Road Federation 

Technical Advisors:
Marcus Young - Public artist
Rory Stierler - National Park Service
Karin Misiewicz - Parks and Recreation Maintenance/Operations
Adam Robbins - Parks and Recreation Natural Resources
Martin Schieckel - City of Saint Paul HRA
John Bentfield - Sholom Home


Current Site Conditions

The City of Saint Paul has been working with the Fort Road Federation, Saint Paul Planning and Economic Development, Capitol Regions Watershed District, Nova Classical Academy, and an environmental cleanup contractor to ensure that environmental remediation efforts complement future Victoria Park development.  The illustration below reflects the anticipated site condition of Victoria Park when Nova Classical Academy is constructed and environmental cleanup work will be completed by fall 2012.

Current Park Condition

Project Manager:

Alice Messer
City of Saint Paul Parks and Recreations
Phone: 651-266-6412
Email:


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