Conveniently located near Crosstown Highway 62 at 28th Ave. S, Bossen Field is a neighborhood park with regional appeal. The totlot playground and wading pool are favorite destinations for kids; and the park’s sports complex, featuring multiple baseball and softball diamonds, a basketball court and soccer field, draws athletes from across the city. Youth programs and other activities are offered at nearby Keewaydin Park, located three blocks north of Bossen Field on 30th Ave. S.
The park is named for Christian A. Bossen, superintendent of parks from 1935-1945. Bossen was instrumental in developing parks in neighborhoods that were lacking recreational areas. Acquired in 1947, the property is part of the most recently acquired portion of the city – Minneapolis annexed a mile-wide strip of land along its southern border from Richfield in 1927.
The park took several years to develop due to terrain conditions. Grading efforts were aided by the use of landfill material obtained from the nearby airport’s construction. Initial plans for the park were completed in 1959 and several improvements have been made to the park over the years including major upgrades to the sports complex in 1989.
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’ renown recreational system.
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