Bringing families to downtown Farmington

Rambling River Center Plaza in planning stages

by Maren Bauer
Sun Thisweek
Dakota County Tribune

As surrounding suburbs continue to expand, and more young families move to Farmington, the city has been working on drawing community members to its downtown area.

A new plan has been set in place for the Rambling River Center Plaza, to be located on Oak Street between Third and Fourth streets.

A preferred concept plan designed by Hoisington Koegler Group Inc. has emerged that was slated for consideration of approval at the May 17 Parks Commission meeting after this edition went to press.

It includes lawn areas, an interactive at-grade splash pad that can be turned off to enlarge plaza space for events.

There would be an indoor/outdoor space with picnic tables and glass roll up doors that would be able to host events like music, food service and classes.

A space for tables — billed as a cafe — would be located on the south side of the Rambling River Center.

Among the listed potential uses for the area would be for Dew Days, concerts, movie nights, a tree-lighting ceremony during the holidays, farmers market, art exhibits, wine tastings and food trucks.

It would provide a permanent home for the city’s historic bell.

No cost estimates have been provided as of yet.

Once the preferred option is approved, the commission will move forward in creating a construction budget cost estimate.

Following discussion and a recommendation from the Parks & Recreation Commission, the concept will be brought to an upcoming City Council work session for discussion.

There were many positive comments received on the two concepts shared with the public during an April 27 open house. About 20 people attended the open house and additional comments were received online and in person through review by various city commissions and groups.

The majority of the survey participants saw this park plaza as a great way to bring families to downtown Farmington.

Contact Maren Bauer at [email protected].