Cherokee Park playground slated for major overhaul

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The St. Paul parks department would like your help planning for some much-needed upgrades to the Cherokee Park playground.

The city has received $342,000 from the state’s Legacy fund to pay for replacement of the play structure at the park. The original playground was built in 1994, according to project manager Cheeneng Yang.

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While the playground looks fine from a distance the wear and tear is evident on closer inspection. Portions of the structure are rusted, dented and broken, and the protective coating on the walkways is worn through in many locations.

Nearby swings are clearly much older, and one option under consideration is to consolidate the swings, now spread across the park, into a single location.

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To get involved, the easiest thing you can do is take the city’s online survey. There will also be a community meeting on November 17 from 5-7 p.m. at the Baker Park Recreation Center to discuss the project.

The city is also organizing a design task force, if you’re interested in participating you can contact Yang via email or at 651-266-6414.

Because this is a Legacy fund project, 1 percent of the budget will go to public art — and the city will be seeking out artists to contribute.

Project updates and documentation will be hosted at stpaul.gov/CherokeePlayAreaProject. The construction work is expected to be completed begin next spring.