Parks impact everyone’s quality of life. MPRB is committed to racial equity in the park system and our workforce. Racial equity for MPRB is when race is no longer a predictor of access to parks and recreation, health, well-being, and quality of life. We are committed to becoming a local and national model for racial equity in parks and recreation.
The Racial Equity Action Plan guides MPRB’s racial equity agenda through five main goals and actions to support each goal. In addition, the plan’s framework establishes priorities, timelines, accountability, and performance measures. The plan is updated every two years, based on ongoing, collaborative evaluation by staff and community members.
To review the Racial Equity Action Plan and related materials, click on the link above under "Key Documents."
Since 2011, the MPRB has initiated a range of measures to assess, address and build racial equity within our workforce while improving diversity, cultural awareness and inclusion. Because change on a system-wide scale takes time, we continue to proactively examine how we assess and measure our improvements. For instance, among our full-time workforce, the percentage of non-white and multiracial staff grew to 24.79% in March 2016, from 20.49% in January 2011. Meanwhile, a 2015 Culture and Climate Assessment Report showed progress in many areas and noted others that need attention, including: communications around change, performance evaluation, recognition of employees and training and development for managers and supervisors. Currently, key efforts with respect to inclusion, diversity, equity and access planning, training and implementation include:
The MPRB is the first parks agency in the nation to incorporate racial and economic equity measures into ordinances that guide its entire capital improvement program. Approved in 2016 and 2017, the ordinances specify the use of relevant, data-driven criteria to address racial and economic equity in allocating capital funds for 160 neighborhood parks and 19 regional parks and trails.
A similar criteria-based model for allocating funds to its 49 recreation centers [PDF] was introduced with the 2018 budget.
This plan for the next generation of recreation centers in Minneapolis includes a comprehensive assessment of MPRB’s 49 centers and their program needs. Demographics within the City of Minneapolis are changing rapidly, which makes it more important than ever to ensure that we are meeting the needs of its diverse stakeholders. To learn more, visit the Project Page.
This web page features comparisons of facilities, land acquisition, annual park investments and more across MPRB’s six commissioner districts; it also highlights annual improvements in each district.
The Community Outreach Department was established in 2011 to embody and reflect our commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity. It leads organizational efforts to connect the Park Board to underserved communities, anticipate and thoughtfully respond to their needs and continually seek ways to better deliver park and recreation services. Its work includes:
Community Outreach actions and initiatives include:
Since 2011 the MPRB has initiated a range of efforts to improve diversity and inclusion and to integrate racial equity into all aspects of our work. We recognize that system-wide change takes time, both within the Minneapolis park system and our workforce, so our efforts are ongoing, and we take proactive measures to examine, assess and measure them. The timeline below shows a number of actions, initiatives and milestones regarding our efforts in these areas, while highlights are featured in our Diversity, Inclusions, and Racial Equity PDF.