The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) has published updated park designs for all neighborhood park properties east of the Mississippi River after more than a year of meetings, events, conversations, feedback, design and adjustment. The designs also plan new park connections, like the Grand Rounds Missing Link.
The draft East of the River Park Master Plan is open for a 45-day public comment period, which begins today, Nov. 13, 2018 and closes Dec. 28, 2018. Use the links below to view the plan online or visit any of the eight recreation centers in the Northeast/Southeast Service Area to see a paper copy.
Find the concept for your favorite parks using the links below:
Chute Square Park
Deming Heights Park
Jackson Square Park
Monroe Place Triangle
Northeast Athletic Field Park
Oak Crest Triangle
St. Anthony Park
Tower Hill Park
Towerside Park (New)
|Parks U-Z and Special Considerations
Van Cleve Park
Windom Northeast Park
Xcel Field Park
Grand Rounds Missing Link
Preferred and Alternative Routes
Additional Plan Elements
Use the link below to comment on the draft East of the River Park Master Plan online:
The park concepts linked above are also available on the East of the River Park Master Plan project page (www.minneapolisparks.org/eastoftheriver) under “Draft Documents” on the right side of the page.
The final park design concepts will be used to choose improvements funded by the 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan, which dedicates $11 million annually over 20 years (2017-2036) to revitalize Minneapolis neighborhood parks.
Please help spread the word about this important opportunity to shape the future of many beloved neighborhood parks! Consider posting links to the designs on social media, submit information for your neighborhood newsletter or community calendar, tell your neighbors at community events, or any other methods you use to share information.
Perkins+Will is the landscape architect of record for the project, partnering with the MPRB to develop the East of the River Park Master Plan, developing design plans for nearly three dozen park properties and regional park connections, and providing implementation tools and strategies to support the process. The firm’s goal is to help the MPRB transform the neighborhood parks in the Northeast/Southeast region of Minneapolis through a shared vision that can only be developed by building and sustaining meaningful relationships with the communities they serve.
YOUTH DESIGN TEAM
The Youth Design Team (YDT) is an MPRB pilot program that employs high school students to participate in planning neighborhood parks in NE and SE Minneapolis. During the year-long process, these youth work with MPRB planning staff, design consultants, local artists and community members to help bring important youth perspectives and creative ideas to the process and park plans. Youth Design Team participants went through a competitive application process, are 15-19 years old, and live or attend school in Northeast or Southeast Minneapolis.
After the 45-day comment period closes, the design team will again consider comments from all stakeholders and potentially make more adjustments. Then, over the winter, the final plan will be sent to the Board of Commissioners for a final public hearing and vote on its final approval. Please continue to share your thoughts on the park plans in these final stages of public comment.