The 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan (NPP20) means better parks for everyone. In 2016, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the City of Minneapolis agreed to reverse years of underfunding in neighborhood parks with the following measures:

  • Protect current levels of MPRB funding.
  • Dedicate an additional $11 million annually, through 2036, to Minneapolis neighborhood parks.
  • Direct the additional funding to three areas: park maintenance, rehabilitation and capital investments. For more information about each area, click on tabs below.

How and Where NPP20 Funds are Spent

Addressing Racial and Economic Equity

What's New

April 12, 2017: Board notification: 33 neighborhood parks slated for rehabilitation projects

February 15, 2017: Board notification: Rehabilitation projects announced to improve accessibility at 26 recreation centers.

January 25, 2017: Board presentation: MPRB’s expanded rehabilitation program, a critieria-based system for prioritizing rehabilitation projects, and schedules for rehabilitation work for 2017 

October–November 2016: 2017 budget presentation and approval process - find out how NPP20 funding fits into the 2017 budget.

July 6, 2016: Board Actions: MPRB adopts Resolution 2016- 223, establishing a criteria-based system based on racial and economic equity for scheduling capital and rehabilitation neighborhood park projects funded through the 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan

Spring 2016–Spring 2017: In order to accelerate maintenance cycles and undertake a higher volume of rehabilitation and capital improvement projects in neighborhood parks, MPRB is expanding its workforce in multiple areas. Visit our jobs page to see current opportunities.

May 18, 2016: Board Actions: MPRB adopts Resolution 2016-195 – The 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan

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Key Documents

Capital Investments

These are projects to build, replace or reconstruct major park facilities and amenities: for example, recreation centers, athletic fields, playgrounds and pools.

Goals for NPP20 capital investments:

  • Implement approved master plans for an individual neighborhood park or a Service Area Master Plan
  • Support MPRB’s RecQuest initiative to ensure that recreation facilities, programs and services align with current and long-term community needs
  • Align with MPRB’s goals to increase accessibility and racial equity
  • Address the needs of diverse park users and better reflect changing neighborhoods
  • Focus on parks in under-served areas of the city

Funding sources

NPP20 funding helps to build racial and economic equity and sustainability in neighborhood parks. In some cases it supplements previously approved Capital Improvement Program (CIP) funding; in others, it allows for improvements that wouldn’t otherwise be funded. It’s important to note that the CIP allocates funds to projects in both neighborhood parks and regional parks; NPP20 funding, approved in 2016, is dedicated to neighborhood parks.

Click on the links below to see parks that have allocated NPP20 funding for that year (or view an interactive map of park projects). Note: Funding amounts are based on MPRB's 2017 budget.









Rehabilitation projects repair, restore or replace a wide range of park facilities and amenities that are not part of capital improvement projects. The goals for NPP20 rehabilitation program are to enhance park safety; meet critical codes and regulations; implement MPRB's Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan; address critical failures and make necessary replacements from a maintenance backlog; improve or restore functionality, efficiency and long-term performance; and focus on park features most in need of repair or replacement.

Current NPP20 Rehabilitation Projects

About the NPP20 Rehabilitation Program

Increased Maintenance

Better Maintenance, Better Parks

Improving maintenance is critical to revitalizing all neighborhood parks. Well-maintained parks are more appealing and get used more often, which also makes them safer. In addition, regular maintenance helps park amenities work better and last longer – and that improves efficiency and sustainability throughout the entire park system.

Goals for NPP20-funded maintenance:

  • Incorporate environmentally sustainable practices
  • Improve the integrity and durability of parks and park amenities
  • More frequent mowing and tree pruning
  • Shortened timeframe for replacing site amenities: benches, tables, grills, etc.
  • Increased maintenance for playgrounds, gardens, buildings and sidewalks
  • Focus on parks in all areas of the city

Get more information on our park maintenance page.