Stillwater Seeks Community Feedback on Concept Park Plan for the Aiple Property

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The City of Stillwater is preparing a Concept Park Plan for the former Aiple property on the north end of downtown Stillwater — and city staff is looking for community feedback.

As part of the planning process, city staff is hosting a community meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3 at City Hall, so community members can review and comment on materials that have been prepared by park planning consultants.

The materials include a site evaluation and an analysis of costs and options for potential re-use of the former Aiple Family residence. Community insights and comments will help guide city leaders as they decide on the elements to be included in the Concept Park Plan.

Washington County closed on the purchase of the Aiple Property in the north end of downtown Stillwater in November 2014 for $4.3 million. The 15-acre property will be turned into a new shoreline park on the St. Croix River in Stillwater.

The property will provide enhanced access to the St. Croix River for county residents and visitors and some of the recreational uses that have been talked about at the park include: shore fishing, short-term docks, walk-in boat launches, walking paths, nature observation, and picnicking, in addition to its trail access.

Washington County contributed $1.925 million in funds from its Land and Water Legacy Program. The city of Stillwater contributed $1.125 million to the project, and the State of Minnesota contributed $1.25 million in grant funds from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

The property was conveyed from Washington County to the city of Stillwater last year, which launched a planning process to define the use of the property and develop a management plan for the restoration and long-term care of the property.

The Aiple property is one of the longest stretches of St. Croix River frontage remaining in single ownership in the county, with approximately 3,300 feet of largely wooded area sloping toward the river and containing a beach.

If you have questions or comments prior to the public meeting, contact Community Development Director Bill Turnblad at bturnblad@ci.stillwater.mn.us.

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