Park funding information is updated annually using data from U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and MPRB’s Capital Improvement Program and other financial documents. Scroll past the comparison table to get additional facts and figures for each service area.

Comparison by Service Area

Citywide Comparison of Park Investments [PDF]

  North
Service Area
Northeast/Southeast
Service Area
South
Service Area
Southwest
Service Area
Population per American Community Survey 68,091 70,013 138,226 123,333
Average annual capital investment per capita –
2012-2017/Slated for 2018-2023
$54/$58 $65/$28 $30/$32 $15/$27
Youth and Family Recreation
investment per capita, 2016
$40 $28 #33 $24
Maintenance and Operations
investments per capita, 2016
$58 $56 $60 $49
Park Properties 40 43 40 55
Total Acres – Land/Water 1,128/85 725/0 1,657/946 1,231/1,274
Land acquisition 2012-2017 8.7 acres 7 acres 0 acres 0 acres
Recreation Centers* 6 8 21 14
Play Areas* 25 21 29 27
Wading Pools* 13 13 23 13
Basketball and Tennis Courts* 38 37 74 61
Neighborhood Parks –
funds allocated for capital improvements,
2012-2017**
$3.6 million $8.3 million $14.2 million $3 million
Regional Parks -
funds allocated for capital improvements,
2012-2017
$18.5 million $18.8 million $10.4 million $8.4 million
Neighborhood Parks -
funds slated for capital improvements,
2018-2023**
$17 million $2.8 million $16 million $10.6 million
Regional Parks -
funds slated for capital improvements,
2018-2023
$6.6 million $9 million $10.4 million $9.2 million
Maintenance and Operations –
funds invested 2016
$3.9 million $3.9 million $8.4 million $6.1 million
Key Youth and Family Recreation Services -
funds invested in 2016
$2.6 million $2 million $4.6 million $3 million

*Examples of park assets available city-wide.
**Does not include approximately $3.7 million per year for neighborhood park rehabilitation, beginning in 2017.

North

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Fast Facts


Investing in the North Minneapolis Community

  • 68,091 Service area population estimate (American Community Survey 2011–2015)
  • $54/$58 Average annual capital investments per capita (2012-2017 / slated for 2018–2023)
  • $40 Youth and family recreation investments per capita (2016)
  • $58 Maintenance and Operations Investments per capita (2016)

2012-2017 Improvement Highlights

  • Renovated playground and wading pool at Bethune Park
  • Renovated wading pool at Harrison Park
  • Opened new Webber Natural Swimming Pool
  • Completed West River Parkway Trail improvements
  • New dock, community garden at Ryan Lake Park
  • Added 8 miles of mountain bike trails at Theodore Wirth Regional Park
  • Engaged with community for North Service Area and Upper Harbor Terminal master plans

2018-2023 Improvement Highlights

  • Creating The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Regional Park
  • Improvements and rehabilitation of North Commons Water Park
  • Community-driven development of Upper Harbor Terminal
  • Major overhauls at Harrison, Jordan, North Commons and Willard parks
  • Master plan-driven improvements at seven neighborhood parks

$2.6 million Invested in 2016 for Key Youth and Family Recreation Services

  • $1,686,373 invested in recreation centers and programs
  • $143,459 appropriated resources for youth sports programming: leagues for 11 different sports along with the officials, equipment, awards etc.
  • $322,751 appropriated resources for aquatics programming: lifeguard services and swimming lessons
  • $117,234 invested in Pop-Up Parks, StreetReach and Freedom School
  • $130,000 invested in Youthline recreation mentoring programs for teens 12-16
  • $238,347 invested in Teen Teamworks employment program

Northeast/Southeast

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Investing in the Northeast/Southeast Minneapolis Community

  • 70,013 Service area population estimate (American Community Survey 2011–2015)
  • $65/$28 Average annual capital investments per capita (2012–2017 / slated for 2018–2023)
  • $28 Youth and family recreation investments per capita (2016)
  • $56 Maintenance and Operations Investments per capita (2016)

2012-2017 Improvement Highlights

  • Opened new Sheridan Memorial Park
  • Renovated wading pools and playgrounds at Waite and Hi-View Parks
  • Renovated wading pool at Van Cleve Park
  • Renovated playground at Windom NE Park
  • Opened new Mississippi East Bank Trail
  • Added Ridgway Parkway Trail extension
  • New, renovated picnic shelters at Beltrami, Columbia Parks
  • Stabilized bridge at Columbia Golf Course

2018-2023 Improvement Highlights

  • New recreation center, athletic fields and playground at Northeast Athletic Field Park
  • Playground renovations at Bottineau, Cavell, Holmes, Luxton, Marcy and Van Cleve Parks
  • Engaging with the community for the East of the River Park Master Plan
  • Master plan-driven improvements at seven other neighborhood parks
  • Re-creation of Hall’s Island
  • Repair of Boom Island-Nicollet Island Bridge
  • New playgrounds, paths, public art, picnic shelter, restrooms and basketball and volleyball court at Sheridan Memorial Park
  • Wading pool renovation and new recreation center roof at Logan Park

$2 million Invested in 2016 for Key Youth and Family Recreation Services

  • $1,441,709 invested in recreation centers and programs
  • $111,410 appropriated resources for youth sports programming: leagues for 11 different sports along with the officials, equipment, awards etc.
  • $278,291 appropriated resources for Aquatic programming: lifeguard services and swimming lessons
  • $24,482 invested in Pop-Up Parks, StreetReach and Freedom School
  • $65,000 invested in Youthline recreation mentoring programs for teens 12–16
  • $63,959 invested in Teen Teamworks employment program

South

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Investing in the South Minneapolis Community

  • 138,226 Service area population estimate (American Community Survey 2011–2015)
  • $30/$32 Average annual capital investments per capita (2012–2017 / slated for 2018–2023)
  • $33 Youth and family recreation investments per capita (2016)
  • $60 Maintenance and Operations Investments per capita (2016)

2012-2017 Improvement Highlights

  • Athletic field renovations/rebuilds at Currie, East Phillips, Elliot, McRae parks
  • Overhauled athletic fields and added parking, paths and basketball hoop at Bossen Field Park
  • Playground renovations at 54th Street Play Area, Lake Nokomis Community Center, Matthews, Powderhorn and Bossen Field parks
  • Wading pool renovation at Powderhorn Park
  • New solar power shade canopy at Lake Nokomis Main Beach
  • South Service Area master plan adopted
  • New grill, picnic tables and playground surfacing at Cedar Avenue Field Park
  • Repaved section of Minnehaha Creek Trail
  • Minnehaha pavilion renovation

2018-2023 Improvement Highlights

  • New Phillips Aquatics Center
  • Shoreline enhancements and erosion control at Lake Nokomis
  • Major overhaul at Peavey Park
  • Realignment, repaving of Minnehaha Creek Trail
  • Playground renovations at McRae, Sibley, Pearl and Longfellow Parks
  • Wading pool renovation at Sibley Park
  • Master plan-driven improvements at 13 additional neighborhood parks

$4.6 million Invested in 2016 for Key Youth and Family Recreation Services

  • $3,766,248 invested in recreation centers and programs
  • $309,810 appropriated resources for youth sports programming: leagues for 11 different sports along with the officials, equipment, awards etc.
  • $68,776 appropriated resources for aquatics programming: lifeguard services and swimming lessons
  • $8,445 invested in Pop-Up Parks, StreetReach and Freedom School
  • $260,000 invested in Youthline recreation mentoring programs for teens 12–16
  • $185,603 invested in Teen Teamworks employment program

Southwest

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Investing in the Southwest Community

  • 123,333 Service area population estimate (American Community Survey 2011-2015)
  • $15/$27 Average annual capital investments per capita (2012-2017 / slated for 2018-2023)
  • $24 Youth and family recreation investments per capita (2016)
  • $49 Maintenance and Operations Investments per capita (2016)

2012-2017 Improvement Highlights

  • Reconstructed Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
  • Resurfaced trails at Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska, Lake Harriet and Dean and William Berry parkways, plus 50 new accessible ramps around the lakes
  • Resurfaced portion of King’s Highway
  • Resurfaced tennis courts at Linden Hills Park
  • Completed building improvements at Kenwood and Bryant Square recreation centers
  • Wading pool and playground renovations at Bryant Square Park and playground renovations at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and Stevens Square
  • New fence and improvements at Roberts Bird Sanctuary
  • New boardwalk at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

2018-2023 Improvement Highlights

  • Playground renovations at Bassett’s Creek, Washburn Tot Lot, Armatage, Kenny, Linden Hills and Loring parks
  • Wading pool renovation at Fuller Park
  • New permanent restrooms, grading, canoe racks and accessibility improvements at Cedar Lake South Beach
  • Major overhauls at Painter and Whittier parks
  • Master plan-driven improvements at 11 other neighborhood parks
  • Water Works park project to add riverfront access, new pavilion at Mill Ruins Park

$3 million Invested in 2016 for Key Youth and Family Recreation Services

  • $2,407,401 invested in recreation centers and programs
  • $257,921 appropriated resources for youth sports programming: leagues for 11 different sports along with the officials, equipment, awards etc.
  • $181,319 appropriated resources for aquatics programming: lifeguard services and swimming lessons
  • $12,198 invested in Pop-Up Parks, StreetReach and Freedom School
  • $65,000 invested in Youthline recreation mentoring programs for teens 12–16
  • $74,127 invested in Teen Teamworks employment program