Do you play tennis or basketball or another outdoor court sport? If so, you may be interested in the Court Sports Activity Plan under development by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s (MPRB) Planning Division with the help of an inter-organizational staff team.
An Activity Plan is a document that supports the Comprehensive Plan. The activity team, in this case the Court Sports Activity Team, reviews a group of similar activities such as court sports, and evaluates programs and facilities in the park system that support those activities. This evaluation then informs the development of a plan to provide a sustainable level of service for the activity.
The Court Sport Activity Team works with internal and external partners, as well as members of the public, to understand and assess how well the MPRB currently meets the demand for court activities and what improvements are needed.
This project is a system-wide planning effort. While the plan will not directly affect court facilities, it will guide how infrastructure is maintained and provide recommendations for changes to better meet recreational needs of Minneapolis residents. Recommendations will be further discussed within neighborhoods affected and decisions about changes will be made by the Board of Commissioners.
Back to top
45-Day Public Comment Period will be opened by the Board
Community engagement began with a series of public meetings and a broad survey completed in 2009. In 2012, additional outreach was conducted with groups not well represented in the 2009 outreach. Interviews with partners in programming courts sports were also completed in 2012. Two Open houses were held in December 2012. The open houses presented some of the data and themes developing from the outreach, inventory of court facilities and standard court diagrams.
Open House Meeting and Details
Open houses were held on Thursday, December 13 from 6:30-8 p.m. and Saturday, December 15 from 10-11 a.m. Both open houses were held in the board room of the MPRB Administrative Offices, 2117 W River Road, Minneapolis.
Materials provided at the Open House are linked below. Comments or questions can be sent to the project manager, Andrea Weber, whose information is above.
A December open house will provide an opportunity for court users and neighbors to offer ideas, suggestions, and insights regarding court sport activities. Following the open house, the draft plan will be completed. Reflecting the information gathered throughout the community engagement process, the draft plan will be presented to the board most likely in January.
At that point, the Board will open the 45-day public comment period. When the comment period is complete, the plan will be revised and submitted to the Board for its final approval.
When the dates have been determined for the open house and for presentation to the board, they will be posted on this web page. The information will also be sent to those signed upto receive updates on the Court Sports Activity Plan.