North Mankato is in the process of reviewing a comprehensive plan for Walter S. Farm on the city’s northeast side.
The park was acquired by the city in 1984 and sits along Countryside Drive.
City Administrator John Harrenstein says residents inquired about improvements at the park.
“Really was an undeveloped park, just a small piece of equipment and undeveloped ball field. They were looking to see maybe a bathroom or a shelter or some more amenities. Maybe recognizing the historic nature because it was an old farmstead.”
The draft plan was presented to the Council this week and officials plan to hold public engagement meetings to discuss the project and gather input. The Council also requested the Greenway Conservation Advisory Committee review the plan for further comment.
“We have higher than the national average in terms of acreage and number of parks. But the reason is, there has been a firm commitment to parks in the community. I’m gonna even go back to the 1930’s and 40’s when Wheeler and Spring Lake were added as parks.”
Funding has not been set aside for upgrades to Walter S. Farm, which is estimated to cost 395-thousand dollars. Proposed improvements include landscaping, improvements to the baseball field, upgraded playground equipment and a picnic shelter pavilion.
Harrenstein adds that the City plans to look at plans for Pleasant View Park and Forest Heights Park later this year.