Grass Valley council OKs new playground for Minnie Park |

Grass Valley council OKs new playground for Minnie Park

An artist rendering of the new playground that will be installed at Minnie Park.
Courtesy City of Grass Valley

Grass Valley’s city council on Tuesday approved a new playground for Minnie Park sporting such fun features as a rope climbing structure, a “zipline” and a “fire truck,” as well as a bike and scooter pathway in the small park adjacent to Condon Park.

Only one concern was expressed, by Council Member Ben Aguilar, who said one of his two children is “playground-ready.”

“Moms have a lot of stuff … and they like to sit down,” he said, questioning whether there would be enough benches available. “Those spots are like gold.”

Community Services Analyst Zachary Quentmeyer assured the council that benches were included in the design.

According to Quentmeyer, the existing play equipment at Minnie Park is out of compliance with many current codes and regulations. The existing playground structures will be removed, and the footprint will be expanded to include a new primary play structure with a new pour-in-place rubber surfacing. A new bicycle/scooter paved pathway approximately 700 feet in length will be installed throughout the park, Quentmeyer said.

The city received proposals from four bidders who met the minimum qualifications for design build projects, and Quentmeyer said all four firms will be placed on a qualified list of design-build entities to be used for future projects.

BCI Burke Company was selected to install the playground at Minnie Park, at a cost of $523,992. The project is set for completion by this fall and the existing playground equipment will be donated. Funds for the project are coming from the Measure E fund, park and recreation development impact fees, and annual playground maintenance capital improvement projects.

The Minnie Park improvements come on the heels of other recent improvements to park and recreation facilities all paid for by Measure E — the installation of a brand-new playground and four new pickleball courts at Memorial Park last fall, a new artificial turf field at Lyman Gilmore School, and new prefab park bathrooms at Minnie and Memorial parks.

Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 530-477-4236 or by email at

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