Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board adds new neighborhood park in South Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) added a new park to its neighborhood park system after Hennepin County transferred ownership of the Cepro site (2828 11th Ave S) to the MPRB.

The Cepro site is a 1.65-acre green space next to the Midtown Greenway bike trail between 10th and 11th Avenues S. Currently it contains a Y-shaped trail connection to the Greenway, an urban agriculture zone and pathways and seating.

Hennepin County acquired the former grain elevator site in 2000 to support Midtown Greenway Phase 2. The elevators were demolished in early 2004, greenway connections constructed in 2007 and a variety of placemaking and landscaping projects have been completed since 2011.

Nominate a Name for the Park!

The MPRB is seeking serious ideas for a permanent name for this new park. Below is the MPRB Naming Policy and a link to submit ideas online.

  1. Park sites, centers, shelters or other special facilities may have a geographic or historic name appropriate to the park or building site.
  2. Park sites, centers and special facilities may also be given a name which depicts their function.
  3. Park sites, centers, shelters or other special facilities may also be named after an individual whom the Board has determined to have made a substantial contribution to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
  4. Park sites, centers, shelters or special facilities may also be named after an individual at the local, state, national or international level who, in the Board’s judgment, put forth significant effort or substantially promoted causes which furthered the goals and objectives which the Board has for the Minneapolis Park System.
  5. Naming after any individual may not take place until at least two years after the person’s name has been nominated in writing.

Submit a Park Name Idea

Plan for the Park

The MPRB, Hennepin County and community members collaborated on a concept plan for the property in 2016 and 2017 that will now guide improvements at the new park. Proposed improvements in the concept plan include a stage and amphitheater seating, adventure-style playground, re-graded hill for the playground and seating, picnic area with a small shelter and grills, additional urban agriculture opportunities, and water and electric service.

The concept plan was approved by MPRB Commissioners last December, along with the land transfer and acceptance of a $300,000 grant from Hennepin County to help build improvements listed in the plan. (Resolution 2018-351)

The MPRB will work with the Midtown Phillips community over the spring and summer to determine which improvements are built first. Follow the link below to view the plan:

Cepro Site Concept Plan

The MPRB has assumed responsibility for operations, maintenance and public safety at the new park, which will be eligible for 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan funding next budget cycle.