Closing the Gap was a yearlong initiative to assess park conditions and service levels and address a growing funding gap in Minneapolis’ 160 neighborhood parks. Thanks to the to the leadership of the  the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the City of Minneapolis – including Superintendent Miller and Commissioner Wielinski as well as City Council President Barb Johnson and Councilmember Lisa Goodman – this 2015-2016 initiative resulted in a historic agreement between both organizations that will reverse decades of chronic underfunding.

Adopted in in May 2016, the 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan (NPP20) provides dedicated annual funding for maintenance, rehabilitation and capital improvements in neighborhood parks, while also protecting current Park Board funding levels. An additional ordinance adopted in July 2016 ensures that NPP20 projects are prioritized using a criteria-based system based on racial and economic equity. Find out more about NPP20.

Location

Citywide
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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Status

Current Phase: Complete

What's New

Timeline

Jul 6, 2016

MPRB adopts Resolution 2016- 223, establishing a criteria-based system based on racial and economic equity for scheduling capital and rehabilitation neighborhood park projects funded through the 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan

May 18, 2016

MPRB adopts Resolution 2016-195 – The 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan

Board Presentations

May 4, 2016

Plan Specifics Discussion for the Programs and Initiatives: First Five Years of Closing the Gap For Minneapolis Neighborhood Parks

March 16, 2016

  • Presentation to Minneapolis City Council [PDF]
  • Resolution 2016-148: Resolution Approving the 20 Year Neighborhood Park Plan Between the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the City of Minneapolis and Directing the Superintendent and Legal Counsel to Prepare an Ordinance, Concurrent with a City of Minneapolis Ordinance and Pursuant to the Normal Timeframes for Noticing Intent, Introducing Subject Matter and Holding Respective Public Hearings, to Implement the 20 Year Neighborhood Park Plan for Consideration on April 6, 2016 and Final Adoption on April 20, 2016

February 3, 2016

  • Resolution 2016-112: Mayoral Veto of Park Board Resolution 2016-112. Reconsideration of the Action by Which the Park Board Passed Resolution 2016-112 Resolution Approving Proposed Ballot Language for a November 2016 Referendum and Elements for an Agreement with the Minneapolis City Council Pursuant to Minneapolis City Charter Article VI, Section 6.2 (J). The Question Before the Park Board Is: Shall the Action of the Park Board in Passing Resolution 2016-112 Resolution Approving Proposed Ballot Language for a November 2016 Referendum and Elements for an Agreement with the Minneapolis City Council at Its Regular Meeting of January 20, 2016 be Repassed, Notwithstanding the Objections of the Mayor? That the Board Adopt Resolution 2016-112 Captioned as Follows: Resolution 2016-112 Resolution Approving Proposed Ballot Language for a November 2016 Referendum and Elements for an Agreement with the Minneapolis City Council to Address Sustained Current Funding to Provide a Long Term Strategy to Address the Funding Gap for Annual Maintenance, Repairs and Capital Investments for Minneapolis Neighborhood Park

January 20, 2016 

  • Resolution 2016-112: Resolution Approving Proposed Ballot Language for a November 2016 Referendum and Elements for an Agreement with the Minneapolis City Council to Address Sustained Current Funding to Provide a Long Term Strategy to Address the Funding Gap for Annual Maintenance, Repairs and Capital Investments for Minneapolis Neighborhood Parks

January 6, 2016 

October 21, 2015

Public Meetings

June-September 2015

  • Meeting Presentation [PDF]
  • Meeting Schedule (A list of specific dates is under the Get Involved tab)
    • September: Citywide
    • August-September: Public meetings in Northeast/Southeast
    • July-August: Public meetings in South
    • June-July: Public meetings in Southwest
    • June and August: Public meetings in North

June 1, 2015 - Kick-Off Meeting

May 28, 2015 - Kick-Off Meeting

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View the Video

Learn how funding reductions have left a multi-million dollar gap in the resources needed to program, operate, repair and improve Minneapolis’ highly used and aging neighborhood parks.

The “Closing the Gap: Funding Our Neighborhood Parks” presentation has been given this summer at dozens of meetings across Minneapolis. Now, residents can view the same 18-minute presentation online. Additionally, residents that prefer a shorter, top-line version have the option to view a 4:22 video.



Online Survey

Thanks to everyone who participated in the online survey, open through September 30, 2015. Your responses will help us understand how residents and park visitors prioritize investments in neighborhood parks, and the community’s park and recreation needs.

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Background

Challenge: Taking Care of What We Have

  • Neighborhood parks have greatest number of physical assets that require greater resources to operate, maintain, replace
  • To sustain the current level of physical assets in the park system the MPRB would need $14 million plus inflation each year. The MPRB is currently has $5 million per year to invest in these assets.
  • Looking back across 2000-2015, the funding gap for neighborhood parks is $111 million.
  • Unless the replacement and preventative maintenance costs associated with the park system’s infrastructure are addressed, the backlog and costs will continue to increase, and funding gap will grow additional $46 million from 2016-2020 based on current funding levels.
  • Challenge not unique to Minneapolis; issue being faced by aging urban park systems throughout country.

Proactive Steps: Addressing Funding Gap & Long Term Sustainability

  • 2003-2012 Workforce reduced by 136 full-time positions (23 percent)
  • 2012-2014 Assessment and improvements in operating efficiencies results in annual savings of $2.3 million
  • 2015 McKnight Foundation grant to engage urban park leaders throughout country to learn what they are doing to address this challenge in their cities, and to engage Minneapolis residents and stakeholders in developing a plan to address funding challenges

Related Park Board Projects

Documents

Park Profiles by Service Area

Park Profiles will be posted here as they become available.