New Northgate Park
Another welcome change to the Northgate neighborhood: Construction began last Fall, turning a Park & Ride into a new park. The name "Hubbard Homestead Park" came from early homesteader, Harry Hubbard who lived on the lot from 1913 - 1968.
Located north of Target, 3.74 acres is being transformed into an entry plaza, play grove, multi-purpose lawn, skateboard area, wet meadows (to collect rainfall and run off from future nearby construction), and a source stone (the home of an original spring).
There was once a rare historical spring which was paved over in the 1970's when the Park & Ride was created. It sounds like the plan to restore the spring has changed, possibly due to finances .. instead, a large stone will be set within a quiet, wooded area to provide an experience that carries a "sense of mystery and evokes the ideas of beginnings and origins".
Rumor has it that without the spring, the Hubbard family is requesting their name be removed from the park ... I guess we'll find out soon. Park completion is expected this summer (2010).