Fred Richards Park Master Plan

Fred Richards Park is being created from the former Fred Richards Golf Course, which closed in 2014. The 43-acre site, almost double the size of Centennial Lakes Park, will become a multi-use park for a variety of activities year round. 

Fred Richards Park will subtly divide into sections, providing different experiences for people and nature. 
Kids go down slide at Fred Richards Park playground

Playground Is Open!

The new playground, the centerpiece of phase 1 at the park, opened Oct. 18 in the 4400 block of Parklawn Avenue. Come by and give it a try!

Phase I - Fall 2019Blue and green playground design for Fred Richards Park

This portion of the master plan is making multiple improvements to the east end entrance area in the Parklawn neighborhood. 


  • Playground
  • Picnic shelter
  • Walkways
  • Stormwater improvements
  • Landscaping

Overall project budget: $300,000 as approved in the Capital Improvement Plan
Design services: Confluence
Playground designer: Minnesota/Wisconsin Playground
Contractor: JL Theis, Inc.

Residents helped pick the safety surface, play structures, style and color of the playground by providing feedback through and in person at open houses and at schools. The playground is installed and open. The picnic shelter over seating next to the playground will be installed in late fall.

Future Phases

Phase I is the only funded phase of the Fred Richards Master Plan. 

The other parts of the Master Plan will be built once a funding source is identified.