Community Service Areas
A community service area (CSA) is a geographic area of the city. The primary goal of each CSA is to apply its park and recreation resources to best meet the program and service needs of the community it serves. This concept has grown out of the 2007-2020 Comprehensive Plan direction to “deliver recreation that inspires personal growth, healthy lifestyles and a sense of community.” This includes the development of a new “community center service model that is relevant to community members.” While each CSA may differ from other CSAs, all are alike in their focus on delivering high quality programs relevant to the community.
Community Service Area Brochure
What’s Your CSA?
1 Creekview | Folwell | Webber
2 Audubon | Waite | Windom
3 Bottineau | Logan | Northeast
4 Bethune | Farview | Harrison | North Commons
5 Bryant Square | Kenwood | Loring | Whittier
6 Elliot | Peavey | Phillips | East Phillips | Stewart
7 Brackett | Luxton | Matthews | Van Cleve
8 Hiawatha School | Lake Hiawatha | Longfellow | Nokomis
9 Central | Corcoran | Phelps | Powderhorn | Sibley
10 Fuller | Martin Luther King Jr. | Lyndale Farmstead | Painter
11 Pershing Park | Linden Hills
12 Armatage | Kenny | Windom South | Lynnhurst
13 McRae | Pearl | Morris | Keewaydin
CSA Q & A
Why did the MPRB conduct community outreach and research?
The 2007-2020 Comprehensive Plan articulates values that guide the organization in the way it goes about its work. One of these values is Responsiveness and Innovation. Community research helps staff, as stated in the Comprehensive Plan, “anticipate and thoughtfully respond to the diverse needs of the city’s communities, continually seeking ways to better deliver park and recreation services.”
The goal of the research was to gain insights from current and potential park visitors, including those who were underserved within a service area. Whether considering age, ethnicity, family size or recreation interests, the Comprehensive Plan recognizes that a “one-size-fits-all” approach to program and service delivery no longer meets the needs of the increasingly diverse population in Minneapolis. In keeping with this recognition, the plan calls for “dynamic parks that shape city character and meet diverse community needs.” The research created a better understanding of what people within a community need and want in the way of recreational programming, allowing the MPRB to create and provide relevant programs and services.
What other methods were used to collect information from communities?
One or more of the methods used to gather input from city residents for the 2007-2020 Comprehensive Plan were used. These methods included surveys and questionnaires, focus groups, town meetings, and interviews. They were designed to gather information from those who live within a particular community—regular park visitors, as well as those who rarely or never use a park—and visitors from other geographic areas.
How did this research differ from research done in developing the comprehensive plan?
The research conducted in 2006 and 2007 for the development of the Comprehensive Plan gave all residents, park users, and local elected officials the opportunity to share their thoughts about the park and recreation needs of the community as a whole. This lead to the direction established by the Comprehensive Plan.
Through the 2009 outreach and research, the MPRB wanted to gain detailed understanding of the park and recreation needs of the communities within the city. Information gathered will guide future programs, services and facilities within each CSA.
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