Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Playground and Site Improvements
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board's 5-year capital improvement program includes $225,000 for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Park playground. Playground and site improvements consist of reconfiguring of playground containers (both pre-K and elementary age) and replacing the play equipment. Celebrating and honoring the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a guiding theme for the park. To bring this theme to life within the playground design, the MPRB is using a new approach of selecting a project artist to join the design team. The design team will work collaboratively with the community, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Legacy Council and Kingfield Neighborhood Association throughout the playground design process. To enhance the playground through a donation please contact People for Parks.
Project Phase/Closures of Park Facilities
Project Phase/ Closures of Park Facilities
The design phase and community engagement for this project will through spring/summer of 2014, with construction expected in the spring of 2015. The playground will be closed during construction.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and its partners have initiated the community engagement for this project.
Upcoming Opportunities for Public Involvement
July 16, 2014 - Public Hearing - 6:30 pm at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Headquarters Building Board Room (2nd Floor, 2117 West River Road N). The finalized overall playground concept plan and play equipment design (see below) will be presented to the MRRB's planning committee for review and approval. Individuals will have an opportunity to speak to the Board of Commissioners about the project. Those wishing to speak should sign in at the entrance to the Board room prior to 6:30 pm. If approved, the concept and play equipment designs will move to the full board for consideration on August 6.
*The play equipment designs are reflective of recommendations made at the June 25, 2014 meeting and that MPRB staff will work with the community to determine the final colors for the equipment.
Previous Meetings and Materials
On July 12, 2013, the MPRB began seeking input from families, youth and the community about a new playground to be built at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park. To date, this has included a community survey, site visits, community meeting on July 30 and a community meeting on October 8.
On July 30, community members shared thoughts about the existing playground, hopes for the future playground, and stories related to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, the Civil Rights Movement and/or African American History. This information was collected through story-telling, brainstorming, individual art projects and a mini-design workshop.
On October 8, community members shared thoughts and ideas about three concept alternatives for the playground.
On December 17, community members reviewed the draft preferred concept, provided comments and worked with the design team to finalize the design.
On March 6, community members provided input on playground equipment options and the phasing strategy for the playground. The community indicated a preference for the draft preferred concept plan and a willingness to wait a year for additional fundraising. Through the community meeting, survey in the park and online survey, two play equipment options were strongly supported – play equipment option 1A and 4.
On June 9, 2014, the design team presented the revised play equipment design. The play equipment design was not finalized at this meeting, but there was an opportunity to review and comment on it. The play equipment design will be finalized at the June 25 meeting (see above for details).
On June 25, 2015, the design team, play equipment manufacturer and community members worked together to identify any modifications and finalize the design for the play equipment based on the comments received from June 9-22.
June 25, 2014
June 9, 2014
March 6, 2014
- Summary of Community Input
- Playground Equipment Options
- Six playground manufactures provided playground equipment options. Below you will see descriptions and links to the options. They were also on display at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Park. Prior to the meeting individuals could share their preferences for the equipment online or at the park. Information collected was shared at the meeting.
- Playground 1A and 1B Options
- Playground 2 Option
- Playground 3 Option
- Playground 4 Option
- Playground 5 Option
- Playground 6A and 6B Options
January 2014/ February 2014 – Preferred Concept Survey Concepts
The following graphics were included in the online survey that was open from January 31-17. Results of the survey will be discussed at the March 6 meeting.
December 17, 2013 Community Meeting
October 8, 2013 Community Meeting
July 30, 2013 Community Meeting and Initial Community Survey
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The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Advisory Council, comprised of interested community members, was initially established to revitalize the memorial aspect of the park, developing ideas to honor Dr. King and his legacy at the park. The advisory council met six times between January 2011 and April 2011 to finalize its plan. Through these meetings, a concept plan, as well as infrastructure and programming recommendations, were developed and presented to the board. In May 2011, the Park Board established the Legacy Committee as an ongoing group that would provide recommendations and oversight to the Board for the park and help raise funding to implement the plan. To donate, please contact People for Parks.
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Jennifer Ringold, 612-230-6464, firstname.lastname@example.org
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