Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board launches new Comprehensive Plan effort, “Parks for All”Posted on 1 April, 2019
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is excited to announce “Parks for All,” a new comprehensive planning process that will set its priorities and policy direction for the next decade.
Parks for All will engage Minneapolis residents and park users, along with MPRB staff and commissioners, over the next two years to shape the future direction of Minneapolis’ park and recreation system.
What is Parks for All?
The last MPRB Comprehensive Plan was approved in 2007 and set a vision through 2020. Parks for All is the next MPRB Comprehensive Plan, which will guide the Minneapolis park and recreation system for the next decade.
The MPRB Comprehensive Plan guides everything done by the MPRB. It articulates why the MPRB exists, identifies how the MPRB performs its work, and describes what the MPRB hopes to become.
Parks for All is separate from the recent City of Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan. It solely covers the Minneapolis park and recreation system. The plan will build off other recent MPRB plans including service area master plans for neighborhood parks, master plans for regional parks, RecQuest, the Urban Agriculture Activity Plan, the Skateboard Activity Plan, and other plans and policies that have been developed by MPRB in recent years with community input.
The Comprehensive Plan is as much process as product. Community engagement will be central to the development of the policy direction, but the process contains important opportunities to do community building around the park system.
Get Involved Now
- Visit the Parks for All website at minneapolisparks.org/2020 and subscribe to email updates.
- Follow the Parks for All Facebook page
- Fill out the Dream Park Survey online
- Submit your ideas in person using a Park Dream Box at any MPRB recreation center or at MPRB Headquarters
- Invite MPRB staff to attend a meeting or event in your neighborhood, organization or community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to share ideas!
Submit a Community Collaborator Project Proposal
MPRB invites local grassroots, neighborhood and cultural organizations to convene their own conversations about the future of Minneapolis parks and recreation through the Community Collaborator program. Please consider submitting a project proposal designed to broaden community engagement for Parks for All. Funding varies $500-$3,000 according to the project idea and proposed budget. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis with three rounds of submission and review in April, August and December 2019. First deadline is April 22.
The MPRB is hosting two pre-proposal information sessions about the Community Collaborator program:
- Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 4:30 pm
- Monday, April 15, 2019, 4:30 pm
Both meetings are at MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road. They are not mandatory.
- Serve on the Community Advisory Committee. Application will be released in late April.
- Participate in community meetings and events. Meetings will be posted on the project website as they are scheduled, please sign up for email updates!