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Round Lake Park Renovations Begin
Posted Date: 7/10/2012
Round Lake Park Phase 1 Splash Pad Diagram 

A diagram of the new splash pad.

At its June 5, 2012, meeting, the Eden Prairie City Council approved the contract to begin work on the first phase of renovations at Round Lake Park (16691 Valley View Road). De-construction began Monday, July 9 and is currently underway.

Please note: The beach, picnic area and play area, along with trails and parking lots near these areas, are closed during construction.

One of Eden Prairie’s three largest park facilities, Round Lake Park began as a private gun club and farm land until the City began land acquisition for the community park in the 1960s. This was followed by construction of the first park amenities in the 1970s, including two ball fields, the beach area, picnic pavilion and a skating rink. Since then, Round Lake Park has become the designated location for the City’s annual 4th of July Hometown Celebration since 1984, and it is now one of Eden Prairie’s most frequently used parks.

In response to indications that the overall health of the park was beginning to fail, the City’s Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Commission began a visioning process for improvements to Round Lake Park in early 2011. As a result, a master plan for the redevelopment of the park was established, and after receiving design input and bids from contractors, the Commission made a recommendation to the City Council for the renovation of the park.

Phase one renovations at Round Lake Park will feature a nautical theme and include:
  • Play areas and equipment for ages 2-5 and grades K-12 
  • A splash pad with a variety of spray features
  • Shaded seating areas and picnic tables around the play areas and splash pad
  • Adult exercise equipment
  • Improvements to the picnic pavilion
  • Increased barrier-free accessibility

Click here to view a diagram of phase one improvements.

The Round Lake Skate Plaza is also being renovated. View the Round Lake Skate Plaza page to get the project details.

The cost to redevelop Round Lake Park will come in just below the original budget at approximately $1.6-million. The project will be paid for with a combination of remaining funds from the 2005 parks referendum and the City’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). In addition, the City Council accepted a generous donation from the Garvin-Miller Family Foundation, which will be used to add elements of accessibility to Round Lake Park, similar to the barrier-free additions that were added to Miller Park in 2009.

Deconstruction of Round Lake Park began Monday, July 9 and renovation begins Monday, July 23. The beach, picnic area and play area, along with trails and parking lots near these areas, will be closed during construction.

The overall park will remain open during construction. The beach, picnic area and play area are expected to re-open the spring of 2013.

The aging playground equipment which was located at Round Lake Park has been donated to Kids Around the World, a nonprofit that refurbishes used playground equipment in order to donate it to developing countries. The Round Lake Park equipment will eventually be sent to Zambia. Click here to read the Star Tribune article and learn more about this effort.