The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Planning Committee will hold a public hearing February 1 on the new Webber Park master plan. The plan, developed over the last several months in consultation with community members, MPRB staff, and technical consultants, provides guidance for future development of the entire park. The hearing will be at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board headquarters, 2117 West River Road.
A new pool facility will be the first portion of the master plan to be developed. Four million dollars has been secured for the pool, and if the plan is approved, construction is expected to begin this summer in preparation for the 2013 swim season. This will include demolition of the current pool and pool building, construction of a new pool and pool building, and enhancement of the parking lot.
Community members offered ideas and comments throughout the plan development process though a survey, a multi-day design event, and two additional public meetings. “I have been pleased to see how many people have come out to participate in the master planning process for Webber Park,” said 2nd District Park Commissioner Jon Olson. “Designs have been modified as we’ve gone along to address concerns and ideas expressed by the community. Strong community participation has made a stronger plan.”
The current 22-acre park includes an outdoor swimming pool, wading pool, tennis courts, playing field, playground, pond, basketball court, and recreation center. In addition, Webber Park is the only park in the Minneapolis park system that has a Hennepin County library on the premises. The park has long been a popular destination spot for north side residents.
The new pool facility will have a natural pool edge with spaces for lap swimming, wading and open swimming.
The possibility of a natural filtration system is also being explored for the new pool. Natural filtration would eliminate the need for chlorine, instead using a type of wetland to provide the filter function.
For further information about the Webber Park Master Plan, please visit the project webpage or call Jennifer Ringold, Manager of Public Engagement and Citywide Planning, at 612-230-6464.