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.
How will this plan affect the court in my neighborhood? 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.
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.
Currently additional research is being completed and the draft plan is being written.
The next step will be opening the document for public comment. A 45-day comment period will be opened at a 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.
Open houses were held on Thursday, December 13, 2012 from 6:30-8 p.m. and Saturday, December 15, 2012 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.