If things look different at Ojibway Park, you’re not imagining it. The city’s large renovation project at the popular park is wrapping up as spring and summer arrive, and there are plenty of new features to explore as more of the site reopens to the public. A new park building was constructed over the winter; additional improvements for the core area, playground and skate park are happening this spring. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in late summer.
“Our community has been gathering in Ojibway Park for over 40 years, for large events, athletics, concerts, movie nights and recreation,” says project lead and assistant park and recreation director Mike Adams. When a replacement park building was discussed a few years ago, the city staff and council decided that the project should include a master plan of the entire park area. Adams says the project has a few main goals—from retaining the natural habitat and trails of the park, to increasing facilities and programming for recreation and play, to improving the structures and parking lots, and more. And Woodbury neighbors weighed in on the changes. “The city has received a significant amount of public feedback…as the master plan was created, which is a huge success,” says Adams. “There has been contagious excitement about the new park building, destination playground, and skate park enhancements.” He adds that city staff are most excited about the new park building, which “will be the home of many of our youth- and family-friendly programs, along with signature events designed to bring the community together.”
The city of Woodbury has several other parks projects and updates planned for 2019, including new construction of many parks in the phase II area of the community. For more info, visit woodburymn.gov.