Play at New Brighton Exchange
New Brighton Exchange also includes planned parks and trails.  This may include both active use parks and passive (wild or natural) use areas.  Preliminary park planning efforts have occurred that have outlined several conceptual designs for the four City parks.  The park planning efforts focused on the south park, central park, north park, and east park.  To date, the south park has been developed with a trail system that ties directly into adjacent Long Lake Regional Park. North Park, renamed to Lions Park, is under construction.

New Brighton Exchange is located directly adjacent to the largest regional park in Ramsey County with Long Lake Regional Park.  This park has proven to be a big asset for those who live and/or work within New Brighton Exchange as Long Lake Regional Park includes a boat launch, beach, and an extensive regional trail system.

Also an asset to the development is the New Brighton Community Center, located just a ¼ mile south on Old Highway 8 NW, easily accessible through the existing sidewalk system.  The New Brighton Community Center includes the Eagle's Nest Indoor Playground, fitness center, meeting and event center, and the offices of the New Brighton Parks and Recreations staff.

Lions Park

Over the summer  of 2017, New Brighton installed storm sewers, sanitary sewers, water mains, and irrigation systems in the park area. On top of all that lay two new sports fields, which will be playable once the turf is fully established. Lighting and fencing around the fields is being installed, so that evening lacrosse and softball games can be played. You better start stocking up on your peanuts and cracker jacks!

Lions Park will also include a fully accessible playground – the first of its kind in New Brighton. During the final phase of planning, New Brighton decided to move forward with a rubber mat surface for the playground. While this increased the overall cost of the project, it was the last piece to making the playground fully accessible. Now, the final design allows people with ambulatory disabilities to easily access all areas of the playground. A top priority of the City is making our public spaces easy to enjoy for all our residents, paying attention to the various levels of mobility that people may have.

The park is named after one of its biggest supporters, New Brighton Lions Club. The mission of Lions Club International is “to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.”  New Brighton Lions Club generously donated $100,000 to this project – an amazing gift that ensured the success of this project.  The park and playground projects have also been supported by the Couch Family Foundation, Change for the Better, Ramsey County, and the Rice Creek Watershed District. We are inspired by the teamwork and generosity that we see when the New Brighton community comes together to accomplish big projects like this. Lions Park supporters exemplify what it means to be a leader in civic engagement.

Mark your calendars: A ribbon cutting with the Mayor and City Council is scheduled for October 3, 2017. We’re looking forward to seeing you out there!