This urban neighborhood park sits adjacent to Bethune Community Elementary School (PK-5) on 12.2 acres of land overlooking an incredible view of downtown Minneapolis.
Snap a few pictures of the skyline or drop by for a picnic. There's plenty of space whether it's on a blanket in the grass or at a picnic table. Get involved in a game of basketball or soccer, and when Minnesota summers get hot, take advantage of the wading pool.
Bethune Park was originally referred to as Grant Park after the nearby Grant School, which was named for President Ulysses S. Grant. The park was renamed in 1972 to honor Mary McLeod Bethune, a teacher and civil rights activist. Bethune was the founder and long-time president of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. She was a special advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt on minority affairs in the 1930s and vice president of the NAACP in 1940. At the time the park was named for Bethune, the park board also designated the name ''Phyllis Wheatley Community Center'' for the recreation center in the park.
Historical Profile: More information about this and other parks is included in Parks, Lakes, Trails and So Much More, a richly detailed account of the histories of Minneapolis’ renowned recreational system.
Bethune Recreation Center