Update: 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan (NPP20)Posted on 4 September, 2018
The 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan (NPP20) is a long-term initiative that will transform the neighborhood park system in Minneapolis. Adopted by Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) commissioners in 2016, NPP20:
- Protects current levels of MPRB funding
- Dedicates an additional $11 million annually, through 2036, in NPP20 funds for increased maintenance, rehabilitation and capital investments in neighborhood parks
- Allocates NPP20 funds using a data-driven, criteria-based system to help address racial and economic equity
Read on for recent and current highlights on NPP20-funded work at parks throughout the city.
NPP20 funds park, recreation center maintenance
Annual NPP20 funding includes $3 million dedicated to increasing maintenance in neighborhood parks by:
- Adding staff: full-time parkkeepers and trades, mobile equipment operators, gardeners and seasonal operations
- Adopting industry-standard best-practice operations, such as a 10-day mowing cycle
- Implementing programs for more frequent inspections and preventive maintenance of playgrounds, lighting, building roofs, HVAC systems and other park features
- Reducing the maintenance and repair backlog
Rehabilitation projects include replacement of deteriorated sidewalks, pipes and other infrastructure; accessibility improvements; and replacement of aging HVAC components.
NPP20 funds rehabilitation projects
Work this spring and summer has included:
- At Kenwood Community Center (now re-opened) and Fuller Recreation Center, crews have been repairing or replacing flooring, ceilings and drainpipes as well as electrical and HVAC systems and other aging, obsolete and failed building components. Painter Recreation Center will also see a major rehabilitation project this fall/winter.
- Roof replacements at Whittier Recreation Center (complete), Longfellow Recreation Center (in progress) and Brackett Recreation Center (planned this fall)
- Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system upgrades and overhauls at Matthews Recreation Center (under construction), Audubon and Corcoran recreation centers (in the design phase)
- Concrete sidewalk segments replacements at more than 20 neighborhood parks whose pavement was ranked as “fair” or “poor”
- Accessibility improvements: planning for changes to parking lots and pathways to recreation centers at 11 neighborhood parks (construction this fall); and improvements to main entryways at 25 recreation centers (construction scheduled this winter)
Clockwise from upper left: Peavey Park basketball courts grand opening; community engagement at Currie Park; approved master plan for Phelps Park
NPP20 funds capital investments
Equity criteria targets these funds first in the neighborhoods where they’re needed the most.
Following the spring opening of the Phillips Aquatics Center, this summer saw a number of additional milestones for NPP20-funded capital investment projects to replace outdated park features.
- At Peavey Park, a new basketball complex opened as part of an initial phase of improvements; current construction on the second phase includes a new playground, multi-use athletic field, site grading, lighting and central path.
- Construction wraps up this fall on an overhaul at Central Gym Park, which will see a new full-size basketball court, play areas, community gathering space, multi-purpose athletic field and more.
- MPRB staff have been engaging with community members at Currie Park on a new splash pad, along with restroom building and playground improvementsl construction is planned for next year.
- A similar engagement process at Phelps Park has community members prioritizing master-planned improvements such as a fitness zone, upgraded athletic fields, new play areas and a water play area.
- By 2023, a total of 32 neighborhood parks will have received NPP20 capital investment funding.
- To ensure these investments reflect community needs and desires, long-term plans for every neighborhood parks have been approved or are in development in every area of the city: South, North, Northeast/Southeast and Southwest Minneapolis.