Baker Play Area Redevelopment

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As the oldest park in the Three Rivers system, Baker Park Reserve is home to many of the “firsts” for Three Rivers – the first Park District golf course, the first beach development, the first picnic area, and the first play area. The play area was originally developed in 1977 (43 years ago) with some upgrades implemented in 1993.

Three Rivers Park District has identified replacement of the Baker Play Area as a signature project in 2020. The play area draws new visitors to the park and is used by visitors to the beach, picnic areas and campground facilities.

Design began in April 2019; the process included public engagement using pop-up events at the play area and campground and online input through an ArcGIS story map. These events showed different potential play components and resulted in over 600 kids and parents providing input on what they would like to see in the design of the new play area.

The result is a play area design that will accommodate kids of all ages, provide inclusive play experiences, introduce a new signature climbing component, and re-create the much-loved historic zip line feature.

Project Timeline:

January 2020: Issue Bid Documents

March 2020: Award Construction Contract

Spring – Fall 2020: Play Area Closed For Construction

Spring 2021: New Play Area Open To The Public


Click below for an interactive look at the plans for the new play area.

Check Out the New Play Area Features


As the oldest park in the Three Rivers system, Baker Park Reserve is home to many of the “firsts” for Three Rivers – the first Park District golf course, the first beach development, the first picnic area, and the first play area. The play area was originally developed in 1977 (43 years ago) with some upgrades implemented in 1993.

Three Rivers Park District has identified replacement of the Baker Play Area as a signature project in 2020. The play area draws new visitors to the park and is used by visitors to the beach, picnic areas and campground facilities.

Design began in April 2019; the process included public engagement using pop-up events at the play area and campground and online input through an ArcGIS story map. These events showed different potential play components and resulted in over 600 kids and parents providing input on what they would like to see in the design of the new play area.

The result is a play area design that will accommodate kids of all ages, provide inclusive play experiences, introduce a new signature climbing component, and re-create the much-loved historic zip line feature.

Project Timeline:

January 2020: Issue Bid Documents

March 2020: Award Construction Contract

Spring – Fall 2020: Play Area Closed For Construction

Spring 2021: New Play Area Open To The Public


Click below for an interactive look at the plans for the new play area.

Check Out the New Play Area Features


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Dedicating so much space to the climbing net is unwise. Whoever most aggressive kids are on it will make it unappealing for a lot of other kids, the nets will tear and need replacing quickly, and that's a very specific use - one that usually requires some parental supervision so it will be even more bodies in itAlso, many of the spaces, especially for 2-5 year olds, are single application object. Why are there not more multiuse, multikid objects such as structures they can run in and out of (e.g., 2 level structure with windows, pulley/movable devices, etc.)

Wayzata citizen 27 days ago