St. Paul Park Even More Perfect

April 28, 2012 by  

St. Paul’s Como Regional Park has rolled out new improvements to the popular city destination.

In addition to the Como Regional Park Pool, new this year, an exciting children’s activity area has been added to the Japanese Garden Experience, a $2.6 million project and just one of the many improvements completed in time for the new season. Major tourist attractions such as Como Regional Park rely on colourful brochure printing to attract both local and out-of-state-visitors .

Visitors to the park driving solar and electric vehicles can take advantage of two charging stations. One is next to the lakeside pavilion and the other is located by McMurray Field on Jessamine Avenue. These stations were funded by the City of St. Paul via federal government funding. Visitors pay just $1 an hour to charge their vehicles.

Last fall, work on the historic lily pond in Como Park, installed in 1895, was begun. The walls of the pond and the bottom are being rehabilitated, with a new railing on the footbridge over the pond. A fountain and seating area are scheduled to be completed in June at a cost of $640,000, with funding courtesy of the Minnesota Parks and Trails Fund.

Another project is the Exedra next to the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. A stone wall supporting the 83-year-old pergola collapsed almost two years ago and will be rebuilt at a cost of $170,400.

Still over a year away from completion at Como Park is the gorilla forest at the zoo. With a $11 million price tag, the project will feature a large pavilion so visitors can watch the gorillas indoors, and two enhanced outdoor habitats.