The Court Sports Activity Plan is a system-wide planning effort that will determine infrastructure maintenance and provide recommendations for changes to better meet recreational needs for more than 13 outdoor court sports. The sports included in this plan are: badminton, basketball, bocce, bike polo, futsal, horseshoes, kato, pickleball, shuffleboard, table tennis, tennis, volleyball (grass and sand) and outdoor games (toss n score, 4-square, hopscotch).
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.
Additional research is being completed and the draft plan is being written.
The next opportunity for Community Input will be when the draft plan is opened for public review and comment. This is anticipated for fall-winter 2014. A 45-day comment period will be opened at a regular Board meeting. Upon conclusion of the comment period, staff will review comments and make revisions to the plan prior to bringing it back for approval 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 as well as proposed multi-use groupings.
The Courts Sports Activity Plan includes the following 13-plus outdoor court sports: tennis, basketball, volleyball (grass and sand), badminton, pickleball, kato, futsal, bike polo, shuffleboard, bocce, horseshoes, table tennis, and games (toss n score, 4-square, hopscotch).
The Court Sports Activity Team (consisting of MPRB staff from multiple departments) will review the activities and evaluate programs and facilities in the park system that support court sports activities. This evaluation then informs the development of a plan to provide a sustainable level of service for the activity.
Significant changes to courts in neighborhood parks will be determined as Service Area Master Plans are completed throughout the park system. The Court Sports Activity Plan will recommend a level of service for different types of courts and will identify where there may be too few or too many of specific facilities. Changes will be implemented as funding is made available in neighborhood parks.
The court sports activity plan will also recommend guidelines for maintenance and reconstruction of courts. The plan will also provide guidelines for prioritization of use of maintenance funding.