Woodbury To Host Open House Tuesday On Central Park Renovation Plans

WOODBURY, MN — Woodbury officials are eyeing renovations on the city’s two-decade-old Central Park and want residents to help shape their plans.

The city is set to host an open house at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Woodbury Central Park, 8595 Central Park Place, to hear from residents about what renovations and upgrades they’d like to see.

City officials are also asking residents to share their thoughts about potential renovations in an online survey.

“The City of Woodbury is planning a renovation project to ensure Central Park remains a vibrant and relevant destination for our community for years to come,” officials state in the survey. “While that plan is primarily focused on addressing maintenance, environmental and accessibility issues of the building, there is also an opportunity to assess how the facility meets the community’s needs.”

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Woodbury officials are hoping to secure $15 million in funding from the state to cover part of the project, which could cost up to $40 million, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported.

Central Park shares a complex with R.H. Stafford Library, Lookout Ridge Indoor Playground and a YMCA location.

Woodbury will likely have to cover about two-thirds of the project’s total cost, with Washington County to finance the other third, the report states.

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Work is expected to start in late 2023, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reports.

Here are some renovations and upgrades that Woodbury residents have suggested:

  • Improved bike/pedestrian crosswalk markings
  • Indoor farmers market
  • A makerspace/3D-printer space
  • Seating for large groups
  • Renovated rain gardens
  • Private study rooms with doors
  • More seating
  • An area for senior programs
  • A lounge area/study space
  • Concessions stand
  • Stop signs and speed bumps to improve safety in the parking lot

Click here to view the interactive project map and complete a survey on potential renovations at Woodbury Central Park.