Reminder: Final city-wide Closing the Gap meetings resume next week

Residents invited to help plan the future of Minneapolis Parks

On Monday, Sept. 21, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will hold the next series of city-wide meetings to share information and gather feedback on what may be the most comprehensive planning effort in its 130 year history. Minneapolis residents are encouraged to get involved and help the MPRB with three distinct, yet deeply intertwined projects: Closing the Gap: Investing in our Neighborhood Parks, RecQuest, and Service Area Master Plans.

RecQuest and Service Area Master Plans focus on what Minneapolis residents want in parks over the next 25 to 30 years. Closing the Gap is about funding these needs.

The final “wrap-up” meetings will continue throughout September:

  • Monday, Sep. 21, 6:30-8:30 pm, Farview Recreation Center, 621 29th Ave. N
  • Tuesday, Sep. 22, 6:30-8:30 pm, Bryant Square Recreation Center, 3101 Bryant Ave.
  • Thursday, Sep. 24, 6:30-8:30 pm, Audubon Recreation Center, 1320 29th Ave. NE
  • Monday, Sep. 28, 6:30-8:30 pm, Keewaydin Recreation Center, 3030 E 53rd St.

Minneapolis residents can learn more about Closing the Gap by watching a short video and share their opinions by taking a 15-minute survey at The survey is open through September 30.

Residents are also invited to attend a public forum to learn how other cities facing similar challenges funded their neighborhood parks:

  • Closing the Gap: Insider Insights for Park Funding, Tuesday, Sep. 29, 6-8:30 pm, Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Seating is limited; please RSVP by noon Monday, September 28. Email name and number attending to or call 612-313-7789.

Anyone requiring a modification in order to participate should contact or 612-230-6415 in advance.

Details about each project are available at To subscribe to receive timely emails about one or more of the initiatives, visit, enter your email, then select the project(s) you are interested in under the “Planning” section.