Springbrook Nature Center Bills Introduced at MN House, Senate

Legislation would fund $5 million project at Fridley park with state bonds.

Improvements at the City of Fridley's Springbrook Nature Center may not be at the top of the state agenda, but they're close.

The companion bills in the Minnesota House and Senate were among the first 100 to be introduced in the new session of the state Legislature, which began Jan. 8, 2013.

The Springbrook bill in Senate File 24, introduced Friday, and House File 65, introduced Monday.

Fridley's state senator, Barb Goodwin, and state representative, Connie Bernardy, are among the co-authors. The senate bill's next step is the Finance Committee, where Goodwin has a seat.

Here is the text of the two bills (identical at this point):

A bill for an act relating to capital investment; appropriating money for the Springbrook Nature Center; authorizing the sale and issuance of state bonds.


Subdivision 1. Appropriation. $5,000,000 is appropriated from the bond proceeds fund to the Metropolitan Council for a grant to the city of Fridley to predesign, design, construct, furnish, and equip the redevelopment and expansion of the Springbrook Nature Center. No nonstate match is required for this project.

Subd. 2. Bond sale. To provide the money appropriated in this section from the bond proceeds fund, the commissioner of management and budget shall sell and issue bonds of the state in an amount up to $5,000,000 in the manner, upon the terms, and with the effect prescribed by Minnesota Statutes, sections 16A.631 to 16A.675, and by the Minnesota Constitution, article XI, sections 4 to 7.

EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

markl771 January 17, 2013 at 09:31 AM
this is total crap feed the hungery and homeless here first.......
Connie Karls January 17, 2013 at 01:34 PM
While walking thru Springbrook nature center I ran into a giant snapping turtle on the path. I shared this story with some people in the southwest suburbs and they could hardly believe there were beautiful nature places Fridley. Thank you Fridley for preserving this area especially for families without lake homes or vacations.
Jeff Thompson January 17, 2013 at 03:47 PM
I do visit the Springbrook Nature Center now and then. I would of liked to see bikes being allowed, pets not so much. I was disappointed in the condition of the waterway walking bridge and thought hard on what it would take to invent such a feature. I also knew it would take an effort by the people to convince the community to see the vision that Springbrook holds to those cradled in the Metro area. Not all of us have the opportunity to explore the Greater Minnesota as many do and if this nature center brings the essence of that to those who who can take access to such a retreat then I am all for supporting such an initiative. It may not be everything everybody wants it to be but it is ours and we have something to offer to many. My Biology class toured Springbrook back in 1979 and the memories come back to me every time I walk the paved trails. If some of the “luxuries” seem extravagant then we need to look further into the details. A “Country Club” is a far cry from what is intended. A facility that can offer more to our children, schools, seniors, and enhance our community as a whole means more to me than seeing Springbrook Nature Center viewed upon as a reason for moneys not being spent elsewhere. the money we are talking about has already been designated for projects that fit this criteria. Having representatives in our court gives us a fighting chance to improve our community and ensure we have something to offer everyone.
Jeff Thompson January 17, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Great point!
Joanne Zmuda January 17, 2013 at 06:07 PM
For you "nonbelievers", Check out the definition of a nature center. Then find out the plans the Spring Foundation has for our "nature center". We already have a nature center/park by Innsbrok that isn't costing us $400,000 plus in tax dollars to maintain.Springbrook is turning into nothing but a legacy for the Spring Foundation founders at the great expense to the taxpayers of Fridley.


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