Project Location

Central Gym Park
3416 S Fourth Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Project Manager

Cliff Swenson
Phone: 612-230-6473
Email: cswenson@minneapolisparks.org

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Language Resources

Correo Electrónicopreguntas@minneapolisparks.org

Emailsuaalo@minneapolisparks.org

Status

Current Phase: Pre-Design
Construction: Spring-Summer 2018

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Timeline

Project Milestones

March-May 2017

  • Project set-up and design team selection

Summer 2017

  • Concept Plan preparation with the design team and the community

Fall 2017

  • MPRB Board approval of concept plan

Fall/Winter 2017

  • Final design documentation

Winter 2018

  • Construction bidding

Spring/Summer 2018

  • Project construction

Project History

In 2016 the MPRB approved the South Service Area Master Plan, including a plan for Central Gym Park. The park plan determines the type and location of facilities, the general areas of mown and naturalized landscapes and the general area of trees, and the extent and general location of pathways. The park plan does not determine the specific design of the facilities or the location of minor amenities, such as benches, drinking fountains, and signs.

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Past Meetings

April 11, 2017 - Pastries with the Principal

  • MPRB staff will present the master plan, budget, and schedule for improvements at Central Gym Park. Participants will have an opportunity to help prioritize available funding and to discuss additional ways for the community to participate in the project.

May 4, 11, and 18, 2017 - Green Central School Family Nights

  • MPRB staff will present the master plan, budget, and schedule for improvements at Central Gym Park. Participants will have an opportunity to help prioritize available funding and to discuss additional ways for the community to participate in the project.

July 13, 2017 - Teen Focus Group

  • MPRB project staff will meet with a teen focus group to identify project priorities and gather preferences for park and play features

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Background

Funding Sources

2017 CIP: $1,100,000
2017 Park Dedication Fee: $4,452

Park History

Name
The park began as the gym of the former Central High School. Land was subsequently acquired around the gym, but by then its name was well-established. The park board officially named the property Central Park in June 1991. It was the second property in the city to have that name. From 1883 to 1890, today’s Loring Park was named Central Park.

Acquisition and Development
The park board’s involvement in the property began after Central High School closed in 1982. The park board had acquired an option to develop a park on the site if the school were ever to close as a part of an exchange of land with the school board at Shingle Creek elementary school in 1957.

In 1987 the park board agreed to convert the gym of the former high school for park use. The gym had been built only 11 years earlier. The rest of the school, which was built in 1922, was demolished. For several years the park board had wanted to establish a park in the neighborhood, but the neighborhood was opposed to having homes razed for a park. The closing of the high school presented the park board with a way to offer recreation services in the neighborhood without removing houses. The gym was dedicated as a park facility in October 1988. A tot lot playground was created outside the gym in 1989