Springbrook Nature Center

HKGi provided leadership for the creation of a master plan for this 127-acre park and environmental education center.  HKGi subsequently provided schematic and detail design, construction documentation, and construction administration services for a host of improvements, which included a new entry plaza, internal trail connections, and site design for a new visitor’s center, nature play area, and outdoor amphitheater.

The first phase of improvements focused primarily on construction of a new visitor’s center and entry plaza, while the second phase involved construction of the amphitheater and nature play area.  HKGi worked closely with stakeholders to identify a series of design options, and then worked with an advisory committee to refine the final designs to fit the project’s targeted budget.

As the lead for phase 2, HKGi provided extensive construction administration services and worked closely with vendors and contractors during installation.  The design effort also included a focus on sustainability, including conducting a LEED™ project checklist and use of porous pavers and other best practices to enhance the site’s sustainability.


Improvements included outdoor amphitheater nestled at the edge of the forest trail

Natural play area is also sited beneath a mature tree canopy and includes several custom-fabricated play features


Fridley, Minnesota


City of Fridley