Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, City of Skate will partner to improve skate park facilities in Minneapolis parks

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and City of Skate (COS), a local, nonprofit skate park advocacy organization, have agreed to partner in a long-term effort to improve and expand skate park facilities within Minneapolis parks.

At its May 4, 2016 meeting, the MPRB approved a Memorandum of Understanding with COS that formally outlines an expansive collaboration that will drive the effort to develop bigger, better skate parks in Minneapolis.

“We appreciate the tremendous work done by these passionate advocates to create and build City of Skate,” said MPRB Superintendent Jayne Miller. “Our partnership will be critical to developing the next generation of skate parks in Minneapolis.”

A major part of the agreement acknowledges COS as the MPRB’s primary philanthropic partner in fundraising for new skate parks and improvements to the MPRB’s six existing skate parks. COS will also continue to participate in the development of the MPRB’s Skate Park Activity Plan, help implement skate parks identified in approved park master plans and help recognize and cultivate stakeholders in Minneapolis skate parks.

“City of Skate looks forward to this partnership with the MPRB to establish world-class quality skate parks that will serve the youth and communities of Minneapolis,” said City of Skate President Paul Forsline.

 Skate Park Activity Plan

The MPRB expects to present a draft of its Skate Park Activity Plan to the Board of Commissioners by the end of 2016. When it is completed, it will guide all future skate park development within the Minneapolis park system. Skate parks were installed at six parks across the city between 2002 and 2004: Armatage, Bottineau, Brackett, Creekview, Elliot, and Morris.

Plans for two more skate parks were included in recently completed master plans for Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park and Northeast Athletic Field Park. Please visit the Skate Park Activity Plan project page for more information and enter your email address into the box under “Subscribe to Email Updates” to stay informed on the plan.