The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) announces a community design event for Theodore Wirth Regional Park November 2, 3 and 5, 2011. The multi-day event will bring together the Theodore Wirth Park Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC), community and a professional design team to create concept options for the park as a whole. The resulting concepts will be used by the CAC to develop recommendations for a park master plan and funding priorities. The CACís recommendations will guide over $5 million in improvements to the park in 2012-2014.
The community is invited to the following events at Theodore Wirth Regional Park (1339 Theodore Wirth Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55411):
- Wednesday, Nov. 2, 6 - 9 p.m., Community Meeting (Wirth Chalet, 2nd Floor): This will be an opportunity for the CAC, design team and community to share and discuss key information about usage, demographics, program opportunities, natural resources, and community visions for the park.
- Thursday, Nov. 3, 4 - 5:30 p.m., Open Studio (Wirth Chalet, 2nd Floor): The design team will be working in the Chalet throughout the day to develop concepts based on the information shared at the Nov. 2 meeting. Community members are invited to stop by the Chalet to see concept ideas in progress and visit with the designers during the open studio from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 - 11:30 a.m., Community Open House (Par 3 Golf Clubhouse): Community members are invited to attend an open house to review and provide input on concept options for the park.
The community is also invited to the following CAC meeting at the MPRB HQ Building (2117 West River Road):
- Tuesday, Nov. 8, 6 - 8:30 p.m., Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting, Board Room: The CAC will be developing overall recommendations for the parkís master plan and funding priorities. All are welcome to attend and an opportunity for public comment will be provided at 8:10 p.m.
The Wirth Park CAC was formed following an action by the Park Board in October 2010 to reconvene the Wirth Beach CAC to review and prioritize needed improvements for Theodore Wirth Park. The Board provided the following charge to the Wirth Park CAC:
"Prepare recommendations for the Board of Commissioners on the prioritization of improvements throughout Theodore Wirth Park. The CAC shall consider existing plans and other park needs such as winter recreation / active sports facilities, operations facility consolidation, Wirth Chalet revitalization (including consideration of a restaurant), picnic pavilion rehabilitation, and trail and parkway upgrades. The CAC recommendations shall attract visitors to the unique historical, environmental, and recreational qualities of the park, while reducing maintenance and operating costs."
The first reconvened CAC meeting was held Dec. 14, 2010. The CAC has identified key needs for the park, engaged park users and area residents, and developed design statements and developed program ideas for areas of the park. This information along with an environmental and cultural resource analysis of the park will be the basis for the development of concept designs during the design and planning event the first week of November.
The 19-member CAC was appointed by Park Board commissioners, other government agencies, and community groups. Members represent a wide range of park user groups and include three appointments by the Youth Coordinating Board.
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For more information about the Theodore Wirth Regional Park Planning Process, click here to visit the project webpage or call Jennifer Ringold, Manager of Public Engagement and Citywide Planning, at 612-230-6464.