The park system has developed a draft plan to better support the community’s diverse activities and interest in urban agriculture. The plan was developed through an extensive community engagement process and contains recommendations related to policy, facility, program, and service improvements. Goals and strategies within the plan guide allocation of resources and provide evaluation measures to determine if these strategies can be sustainability delivered to residents and park users.
A draft of the MPRB Urban Agriculture activity plan is available for public review and comment between November 6, 2013 and December 31, 2013. The Park Board encourages residents and park users to review the plan and provide feedback.
During the public comment period, staff and advisory committee members will gather feedback from a number of stakeholders through listening sessions, interviews, online submissions, and a public open house.
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. Community outreach and research, trend analysis, program analysis, and infrastructure assessment is used to develop service delivery goals for all MPRB's Activity Plans.
Any proposed physical change to a park as outlined by activity plan goals or a park master plan involves community engagement per current park policy. The development of this draft plan is supported by the Board of Commissioners and directly linked to the goals of the MPRB Comprehensive Plan.
Increasing numbers of Minneapolis residents are actively engaged in various urban agriculture activities, and interest in community gardens, farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSA), and local food production has steadily increased in this decade. The Board of Commissioners recognizes the many benefits of a sustainable, local food system and has supported community gardening activities since 2002 by resolution.