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Posted on: July 27, 2022

City seeks consultant for North Viaduct Park development

A diagram showing what could potentially be featured at the park.

The City of Faribault is seeking a consultant, or team of consultants, capable of concept planning, preparing design and construction documents, and performing construction phase services for the development of a dynamic and inviting public park in the city’s downtown area. The proposed project scope includes site grading and utilities, one or more buildings, one or more outdoor recreational facilities, sidewalks and trails, landscaping, and related work.

Project Information 

The City of Faribault’s Downtown Master Plan and Parks, Trails, and Open Space Plan, adopted by the City Council on September 10, 2019 and December 23, 2019, respectively, include the  development of a key public park in the east side of the downtown, on the property immediately north of the TH 60/Viaduct Bridge. The City acquired the property in this area over the past several years, securing the final parcel at the end of 2020. The overall area of the property is approximately 2.7 acres, and is bounded on the east by the Union Pacific Railroad, on the south by the Trunk Highway (TH) 60/Viaduct Bridge, on the west by TH 60/1st Avenue NE and the Crooked Pint Restaurant, and on the north by 2nd Street NE.

As a result of four public meetings held by an appointed Task Force group, the primary features/amenities included in the approved plan included:

  • Open Play/Gathering Area w/ Performance Stage Location
  • Park Building (Picnic Shelter, Restrooms, Warming House, Mechanical Equipment)
  • Splash Pad
  • Skating Loop/Ribbon
  • Bridge Under-Lighting
  • Outdoor Fitness Equipment
  • Mural(s)

The City has not yet established a schedule for the improvements to be developed within this park, nor has a budget been established. However, the intention is to proceed with a first phase of construction as soon as the scope is finalized and financing is secured, which could be as early as the second half of 2023. The first Work/Task Order anticipated under the agreement with the selected consultant will be the determination of that scope, including schematic-level design and the preparation of cost estimates.

To see the request for qualifications in its entirety, click here Questions and submissions (due by 11:00 a.m., Aug. 26, 2022 should be directed to Tim Murray, City Administrator, tmurray@ci.faribault.mn.us, (507) 333-0355. 

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