Moore Lake Park
|5890 Central Avenue
The Moore Lake Park Project continues to make significant progress! New building construction and site improvements are in process and are anticipated to be substantially complete by December 2023.
Now that temperatures have dropped, the furnace is about to be started up so the interior trades can continue with their work. We experienced a lot of wet weather in October and it has delayed final grading and restoration of the park. Given the remaining sitework activity and the extent of work associated with restoration, the park will remain closed during construction. We understand the enthusiasm and anticipation for the new playground, but for safety purposes it will not be open for full use until next spring. For more information, and to see the exciting changes coming to the park please review the Moore Lake Park Construction Update webpage.
Updated November 8, 2023
A refined concept plan for Moore Lake was developed focusing on the initial design intent for passive recreation for picnics and gatherings, as well as lakeshore activities. Enhancing Moore Lake Park as an iconic community gateway was recognized as a top priority. Other strategies to improve the park were related to improved water quality in order for water-related recreation to be more successful.
- Improved and expanded picnic opportunities
- Water-related activities to include paddle rental kiosk and storage with boarding dock
- Park pavilion (location and size to be determined based on flood zones) with rental meeting room, restrooms and potential vending area
- Improved parking areas
- Basketball court
- Flexible open lawn spaces
- Naturalized spaces suitable for occasional flooding and stormwater storage
- New playground meeting a broader range of ages and abilities
- Optional natural play space
- Lakeside seating and viewing area
- Improved trail connections and internal loops
- Incorporating landscaping and public art
Final Playground Design
Construction is set to begin in 2023.
Beginning in 2019, the City undertook a comprehensive public engagement process through a variety of methods, allowing for a better understanding of current views, desires and trends related to parks, trails and recreation.
Engagement methods included:
- Online outreach through Social PinPoint and Polco platforms
- Four-part in-person visioning series conducted by the Twin Cities LISC's Corridor Development Initiative
- Targeted outreach to specific project stakeholders including Fridley athletic associations, senior center and Fridley ISD 13
- Gathered feedback through an interactive, GIS-based story map project website
- Targeted community outreach through pop-up events
- Community survey conducted by The Morris Leatherman Company
Construction of a biochar and iron enhanced sand filter is underway at Moore Lake Park and will continue through June 2023. This filter will treat stormwater runoff from a 94-acre area surrounding Moore Lake to help improve water quality. Water from the lake and storm sewer system will be pumped through the filter to remove pollutants including nutrients, bacteria, and sediment. Other water quality improvements include the installation of a hydrodynamic separator, a detention area, and pollinator plantings. Support for project is provided in part by the Rice Creek Watershed District and the Board of Water and Soil Resource’s Clean Water Fund.
Moore Lake was designated as an impaired water for excess nutrients by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in 2002. Common sources of nutrients into the lake include fertilizer runoff and leaves entering the storm sewer system. The improved water quality resulting from this project will be an important part of the overall effort to revitalize Moore Lake.