Bossen Field Park
5701 S 28th Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55417
CAC Recommended Concept [PDF]
Current Phase: Construction Documents
Construction: Late 2015/2016-2017 (construction may include multiple phases over several years)
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is excited to announce that the extensive renovation of Bossen Field Park is nearing completion. This project has impacted almost the entire park at some point over the last year and the MPRB appreciates park users’ patience while spaces are reshaped to fit the wide-ranging needs of the community according to the Bossen Field Park Master Plan [PDF].
The new playground, basketball court and open play field are all open and the wading pool has reopened after closing in late June due to a water main break. The two softball fields in the southern half of the park will open by the end of July and the four softball fields in the northern half of the park will remain closed until 2018 to give the new turf sufficient time to establish strong roots.
An extensive renovation of Bossen Field Park began last summer, carried through early winter and recently restarted this spring. This project has impacted almost the entire park at some point over the last year and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board appreciates park users’ patience while spaces are reshaped to fit the wide-ranging needs of the community according to the Bossen Field Park Master Plan [PDF].
An exciting overhaul of Bossen Field Park began in late July and carried through early December, when work mostly wrapped up for the year due to the cold. Minneapolis saw more than 22 inches of rainfall during this time period, which impacted construction, but contractors were still able to get a lot done.
April 21, 2015 - CAC Meeting #3
March 24, 2015 - CAC Meeting #2
February 24, 2015 - CAC Meeting #1
February 7, 2015
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The Bossen Field Master Plan community design process has an appointed Community Advisory Committee (CAC) and a Project Advisory Committee (PAC) of MPRB staff from all departments to help guide the design and prioritize improvements to the park. Additional outreach will connect to primary stakeholder groups identified d in the CE Plan.
Everyone is welcome to attend CAC meetings and each meeting will have a public comment time.
There will be multiple surveys and other means to provide input on the project during the design process. The first survey, asking about existing use and conditions of the park and about ideas for improvements, ended on February 18. Upcoming surveys will be added for feedback on concept design preferences.
The composition and charge of the CAC was approved by the planning committee on November 19, 2014 and on December 3 at the full board meeting. A Community Engagement Plan (CEP) for this project was be developed in fall 2014.
The Charge of the CAC is to:
Appointers of CAC members include: Park Board Commissioners (10), Minneapolis Schools Athletic Director (1), Nokomis East Neighborhood Association (NENA) (2), MPRB Citywide Recreation Staff (3), City Council Member Quincy (2), City Council Member Johnson (1), and the mayor of Minneapolis (1). The MPRB president, Commissioner Wielinski, will appoint the Chair of the CAC.
April 21, 2015 - CAC Meeting #3 Meeting Summary
March 24, 2015 - CAC Meeting #2 Meeting Summary
February 24, 2015 - CAC Meeting #1 Meeting Summary
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Bossen Field is a 35-acre park on the south edge of the city which functions as a city-wide athletic complex and neighborhood park.
The park currently features: baseball/softball/soccer fields, a basketball court, wading pool, playground, picnic areas, a restroom building and two parking lots.
Bossen Field was acquired by the Park Board in 1947 and was named after Superintendent Christian Bossen.
Development of the park occurred in several phases [PDF] starting in the late-1950s, with other projects in the 1970s and 1980s, with the most recent updates in 1989.
Estimated funding is established in the current Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for Bossen described as for “Playground and Site Improvements” and "Athletic Fields and Site Improvements." The CIP is updated each year for a five year period and only the upcoming year is formally approved by the Board of Commissioners as part of the annual budget.
Funding amounts for years beyond the current year (2015) may change.
Proposed and Existing Funding for Bossen Field (as of 2015 CIP):