Park and Recreation Capital Investment Plan


As part of the city’s Strategic Plan, the city’s goal is to have all parks and recreation facilities judged satisfactory or above and exceeding community expectations. The City has created a Draft Capital Park and Recreation Investment Plan that will provide strategies for funding existing deteriorated park and recreation infrastructure and address unmet park and recreation needs in the community.

Park and Recreation Draft Capital Investment Plan (PDF)

Community input

Thank you for your input. We had five in-person or virtual meetings from August through October 2022.

Final plan

City staff is incorporating the community feedback and putting the final touches on the plan. It will be reviewed by the Park and Recreation Advisory Board in December and City Council in January.

Draft Park and Recreation Capital Investment Plan

View an enlarged CIP At A Glance Funding Uses 10 Years (PDF)

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View an enlarged CIP At A Glance 10 Year Outlook (PDF)

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View an enlarged Park Improvements (PDF)

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View an enlarged Trail Improvements (PDF)
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View an enlarged Riverfront Enhanced Action Plan (PDF)2022-08-12CIP Infographics Page 4

View an enlarged FiftyNorth Expansion Improvements (PDF)NCRC-FiftyNorth CIP Infographic_Page_1

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More information

For more detailed information of what is proposed in the draft plan, please use these links to find out what is planned.

Park Improvements

Trail Improvements

Riverfront Park Improvements

Indoor Facility Park Improvements


The City has a 2008 Park, Open Space, and Trail system plan in which numerous park improvements were identified for the community, however, only a couple projects have been completed over the last 13 years. The City is beginning to hear more frequently from the public about deteriorating park amenities and unmet needs in the community.

FiftyNorth, the city’s senior center located in the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC) is looking at expansion options with a study underway and nearing completion. In 2016, the City went through a process to evaluate the existing ice arena and ultimately went to a referendum to replace the ice arena with a multipurpose facility the “Cannon River Civic Center” and provide additional funding for parks, but that vote didn’t pass.

The City recently adopted the Riverfront Enhancement Action Plan, with a goal of activating and improving the riverfront. There are numerous parks along the river that will need to be master planned and improved.


Summer 2022 - create the Park and Recreation Capital Investment Plan

Fall 2022 - share draft plan will be with the public for input

December 2022 - complete final plan