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City strikes compromise on relocated hockey rink

In May, neighbors of Jaycee Park attended a city council meeting to complain about a hockey rink going into the park. Since that meeting Rosemount Parks and Recreation staff have met with neighbors and come up with a plan everyone can live with.

Instead of moving one of the permanent rinks from Central Park into Jaycee Park, the city council gave the nod on Monday to placing a polyethylene temporary rink in the park. The temporary boards will cost $29,251.

Parks director Dan Schultz said the lighted rink will be put up in the late fall and taken down in the spring. Schultz said the temporary rink will allow for open space during the warmer months, which was one of the biggest concerns for neighbors.

While some neighbors didn’t want to see the rink at all, Schultz said generally the plan for a temporary rink has assuaged concerns.

Residents attended the May 6 council meeting to complain after light poles were installed in the park. During the meeting, residents said they did not receive notification from the city about the change to the park beforehand.

Staff apologized and set up a meeting with neighbors of both of the affected parks. The Jaycee Park Neighborhood meeting was held May 21. Schultz said 10 people attended that meeting and voiced concerns, including whether another rink in the park would get used enough to justify its expense. They also argued plans for the rink seemed intrusive and objected to the placement of lights.

The issue came up because the city was relocating the two ice rinks that were in Central Park to make way for a splash pad that opened in late July. The parks board had identified Jaycee and Bloomfield Parks as ideal locations for the rinks.

Parks staff also held a meeting with neighbors of Bloomfield Park on May 21. Only three attended the meeting and no one expressed opposition.

The city will move forward with putting a permanent rink in Bloomfield Park. Schultz said boards will be put up sometime in the fall.

As for the second set of boards, Schultz said the city will hold onto the equipment for a future use.

“We could set it up elsewhere and make it one of the amenities in a park on the east side of town,” said Schultz.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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