Ramsey hires architect to design new Elmcrest Park community building

After years of discussion and planning, Elmcrest Park is on track to get a community building.

The Ramsey City Council March 26 unanimously approved a contract with Erickson Architects, LLC to provide architectural services for the new building at not-to-exceed amount of $22,500 for the $500,000 project.

According to the case background, the contract could be amended to a not-to-exceed $6,000 if the council approves the project for construction.

The project costs include $75,000 for a play structure, which will be constructed at a later time, said Mark Riverblood, parks and assistant public works superintendent.

The Elmcrest community building has been in the capital improvement plan for about 10 years, he said.

The proposed building will include rest rooms, storage, concessions, a shelter and meeting space.

This park is heavily used from April to October by the Anoka-Ramsey Athletic Association and the Northern Lights Soccer (NLS) Club as well as other neighborhood groups, Riverblood said.

About 4,000 kids are involved with the association’s multiple sports teams, said Lisa Muller, association president.

“We are looking forward to this getting done,” she said.

Muller and Dennis Lehman, NLS field coordinator, presented the city with a $40,000 check for the construction of the building.

Every time the groups have tournaments, they have to rent tents to use for concessions, Muller said.

It costs about $4,000 per tournament just to rent the tents. This building is very much needed,” Lehman said.

This park is one of the biggest soccer complexes around and the new building will improve the safety of the people using the park, said Councilmember Randy Backous.

The parks commission and the architect will be meeting with the various stakeholders, Riverblood said.

“We are making sure we are doing it right,” he said.

Tammy Sakry is at [email protected]