The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) has adopted an activity plan to increase support for urban agriculture within the park system.
Activity plans define the MPRB's service delivery goals for a particular recreation activity city-wide. These plans determine the resources required to successfully achieve plan goals in service to residents and park visitors.
This plan recommends three major goals and related strategies, and guides allocation of resources to support urban agriculture activities within the neighborhood and regional parks.
On Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 the Minneapolis Park and Recreation (MPRB) Board of Commissioners adopted the Urban Agriculture Activity Plan at its regular meeting.
As the plan moves into an implementation phase, residents and park visitors can look forward to increased visibility and support for urban agriculture and over time, experience the benefits these activities provide to personal health and well-being, the local economy, and our environment.
This plan incorporates the feedback of advisory committees, residents and volunteers and includes a digital addendum to be updated as new policy, procedure or tools are adopted over the years of plan implementation.
Increasing numbers of Minneapolis residents are actively engaged in various forms of urban agriculture within Minneapolis. The Board of Commissioners recognizes the many benefits of a sustainable, local food system and has supported community gardening activities since 2002 by resolution.
The Urban Agriculture activity plan was developed through an extensive community engagement process and contains recommendations related to policy, facility, program, and service improvements to better support urban agriculture activities within the park system.
Vision Theme: Dynamic Parks that shape city character and meet diverse community needs.
Goal: Park facility renewal and development respects history and focuses on sustainability, accessibility, flexibility and beauty
Strategy: Systematically develop activity plans that outline the delivery goals, benefits, facilities, operations, and maintenance required to provide each major recreation activity (or group of similar activities) in the park system. Use these plans to guide capital improvement and facility maintenance programs.