MPRB Deputy Superintendent Jennifer Ringold earns Minneapolis Downtown Council 2025 Plan Leadership Award

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) congratulates Deputy Superintendent Jennifer Ringold and City of Minneapolis Director of Long-Range Planning Kjersti Monson for their efforts co-chairing the “Pathways to Places” initiative, which earned them a Minneapolis Downtown Council (MDC) 2025 Plan Leadership Award under the category “Greening & Public Realm.”

Pathways to Places is a strategic initiative setting the stage for a future downtown Minneapolis rooted in an irresistible armature of public spaces. It created a forum for community dialogue envisioning the why, what, how and where of next-generation downtown public realm and park investments.

“A myriad of different public and private entities have the ability and the desire to invest in public space downtown,” said Ringold. “I’m honored we were recognized and look forward to future collaboration so that we may move forward under a shared, comprehensive vision for a connected, safe, green and irresistible downtown Minneapolis.”

Ringold and Monson will accept the award during the 2015 MDC Gala October 20, 2015, 5:30-9:30 pm at Aria, 105 1st St. N.

The Minneapolis Downtown Council also recognized several other 2025 Plan Leadership Award winners:

Development: Explore Downtown Living co-chaired by Jennifer Gordon and Brent Webb

Downtown Experience: Hennepin Theatre Trust, Andersen Windows & Bank of America

Transportation: Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin

Ending Street Homelessness: Mikkel Beckmen

Festival of Ideas (MiX): Eric Caugh

2025 Plan Impact Award: Wells Fargo

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Public input is still being sought in creating MPRB’s Downtown Service Area Master Plan. Have your voice heard during Design Week October 19-23!

Pathways to Places Design Week

The award fortuitously coincides with Pathways to Places Design Week October 19-23. Two public events headline Design Week.

First, a public workshop to explore downtown park possibilities through interactive exercises is scheduled Monday, October 19 6-8:30 pm at Mill City Museum.

Then, the design team will build on input collected from the public and develop park concepts. Those concepts will be presented at a public open house Thursday, October 22 6-8 pm at the Walker Art Center.


About the 2025 Plan:

The Intersections: Downtown 2025 Plan is a planning vehicle to help leaders and citizens build on Downtown’s assets and guide its development in ways that reflect the community’s aspirations for a Downtown Minneapolis that is thriving, livable, green, connected, exciting and welcoming in the decades ahead. 

The 2025 Plan’s 10 main goals include:

  1. Double Downtown’s Residential Population
  2. Transform Nicollet into a “Must See” Destination
  3. Build Gateway Park
  4. Create a Consistently Compelling Downtown Experience
  5. Build a New Vikings Stadium in Downtown Minneapolis
  6. Lead the Nations in Transportation Options
  7. Create and Sustain a Green Infrastructure and Showcase the Riverfront
  8. Forge Connections to the University of Minnesota
  9. End Street Homelessness
  10. Launch a Festival of Ideas and Civic Engagement