A rendering of the proposed turf field at Park Center High School.

Brooklyn Park and Osseo Area Schools could potentially invest more $5 million into synthetic turf and lighted fields with a dome cover at Park Center High School, if both governing boards approve a joint powers agreement.

Brooklyn Park city staff members presented a draft joint powers agreement to the Brooklyn Park City Council April 1, in which Brooklyn Park would pay an estimated $3.3 million and Osseo Area Schools would pay an estimated $2.1 million.

The Brooklyn Park City Council asked city staff members to attempt to renegotiate the agreement to bring the financial contributions of each agency to a 50-50 split.

In the draft joint powers agreement, turf costs and parking, road work and landscaping, would be paid for by Osseo Area Schools. Lighting, as well as the dome and support building would be paid for by Brooklyn Park. Maintenance and operational equipment would be provided by Osseo Area Schools. Facility maintenance for the dome and turf would be performed by Osseo Area Schools and charged back to the operational budget, and plowing, mowing and irritation maintenance would be performed by Osseo Area Schools without charges back to operations.

Brooklyn Park would be responsible for the cost of any mechanical repairs needed to the dome.

During times that the dome would be inflated, use would be split among the two agencies, with Osseo Area Schools having exclusive use of the facility from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Brooklyn Park programs would have exclusive access from 5:30-11 p.m. Monday through Friday. The city would also have exclusive use for the dome from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends.

The dome would be tentatively scheduled to be inflated from Nov. 1 to April 15.

The turf field would also be split between both agencies, with exclusive blocks of time dedicated to each agency.

In total, Osseo Area Schools would have 1,953 total hours of access or 49 percent of the available time, and Brooklyn Park would have 2,055 hours of access or 51 percent of the available time.

Councilmember Mark Mata said that he would prefer to see this investment made at a city-owned park rather than with a partner agency. He said that when he coached Brooklyn Park Athletic Association baseball, his teams were not allowed to play at district-owned fields at Park Center or Champlin Park. In the proposed agreement, the school gets access to the field at the best times, he said.

Councilmember Terry Parks said that he has been excited about the prospect of a covered facility since he coached baseball and that he was concerned about parking at Park Center.

Brooklyn Park residents should have lowered rates when the dome is open for general public use, Councilmember Lisa Jacobson said. She and Councilmember Tonja West-Hafner also said that parking could be a concern.

Both Councilmembers Susan Pha, Wynfred Russell, and West-Hafner said that they wanted city staff members to renegotiate the agreement and splits costs for dome construction or the collective project between both agencies.

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Kevin Miller is Community Editor for the Brooklyn Park Sun Post.

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