Lonsdale council approves Main Street plaza

Lonsdale’s downtown will soon receive the pleasant addition of a small park, or plaza, as approved by the Lonsdale City Council at the regular meeting Thursday, Aug. 8. 

The empty lot at 127 N Main Street will soon be transformed into a relaxing space with a water feature, retaining wall and seating. In 2011, the small parcel, known at festivals as “The Mayor’s Sandbox”, was donated to the city by Mayor Tim Rud and his wife Debbie. When they donated the property, they requested it be used as park space. Since that time the Parks & Recreation Board has been considering plans and budgeting funds for the space.

The cost to construct the plaza is estimated to be around $40,000, according to a staff report presented to the council. It identifies the funding sources as city’s EDA ($10,000), Lonsdale Liquor ($10,000), and the Parks Fund ($20,000). The report also included a site plan showing a central water fountain feature, bench seating, pub tables, with an area with a large sandbox. 

Council Member Cindy Furrer questioned where the additional funds would come from as the costs estimates included in the report were over the $40,000 budget. City Administrator Joel Erickson explained that they were looking at covering the basics first with the budget, then establishing a list of priorities to be purchased if bids came back lower than expected.

“I commend the park board for their work on this,” Rud stated.

The council approved the site plan, bid sheet and authorized staff to advertise for bids on the project.