The Rochester Parks and Recreation Master Plan is now in full swing. Monday, Paul Widman from the Park Board provided an update on the plan at the Rochester Committee of the whole meeting. The Master Plan was approved in August 2016 and includes $70 million dollars worth of projects to be completed over the next 20 years. The biggest challenge the Park Board says they are facing is aging infrastructure including the pools, Mayo Field, and the Northern Hills Clubhouse. On the positive side, Widman highlighted the completion of the Rec. Center and 125 Live and an increased amount of grant money for various projects.
Also at the meeting, Council Member Michael Wojcik expressed his concerns about the potential Golden Hills project. Last month, Rochester Public Schools sold the property to Ryan Companies for $2-million with plans to turn it into a shopping center. Wojcik is concerned that the project will add more congestion to that area and make the area unfriendly to bicyclists and pedestrians. "We only have so many lanes of traffic going into and out of downtown, and ultimately the more cars we put in there at the peak times the less effective those roadways are," he said. No action was taken today, Wojcik just wanted to make sure that this issue remains a top priority for current and future projects.
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