Project Manager

Jennifer Ringold

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Current Phase: Planning
Construction: TBD

What's New


Project Milestones

Early 2017

  • Service Area Master Plan approval

February 18–March 4, 2017

  • 45 day comment period for draft master plan


  • Service-area wide analysis and planning, goals and vision
  • Community outreach at summer events and online
  • Park Plans for each neighborhood park in the service area
  • Draft Master Plan for full service area

Project History

January and February, 2016

  • Final Steering Committee and Technical Advisory Committee meetings held

October 19-23, 2015

  • Design Week: intensive design work including a public workshop and an open house/pin-up

August 20, 2015

  • Public Meeting

July 22, 2015

  • Closing the Gap - South Service Area, Downtown Service Area master plans, and RecQuest Public Meeting

May 2015

May 21, 2015

  • Steering Committee Meeting #4

March 19, 2015

  • Steering Committee Meeting #3

March 3, 2015

  • Technical Advisory Committee Meeting #5

February 3, 2015

  • Technical Advisory Committee Meeting #4

January 15, 2015

  • Steering Committee Meeting #2

January 6, 2015

  • Technical Advisory Committee Meeting #3

December 2, 2014

  • Steering Committee Meeting #1
  • Technical Advisory Committee Meeting #2

November 4, 2014

  • Technical Advisory Committee Meeting #1

Late 2014

  • MPRB staff and consultant begin meeting jointly with City Planning staff (CPED)
  • Advisory committees established

Summer 2014

  • Development and Board approval of the Community Engagement Plan

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Mapita Online Tool

Following a great response in summer 2015, our online mapping tool is now closed.  We received over 500 participants and collected thousands of data points, representing very rich information on how people use and would like to use public spaces downtown.  This data will inform the final master plan.

Steering Committee

Steering Committee Roster [PDF]

This project involved a Steering Committee - a group of appointed residents that together advise the development of the project. Steering Committee meetings were open to the public.

Past Meetings

February 25, 2016 - Meeting #10 Summary

January 28, 2016 - Meeting #9 Summary

December 17, 2015 - Meeting #8 Summary

October 22, 2015 - Meeting #7 Summary

October 19, 2015 - Design Week Public Workshop Summary

August 20, 2015Meeting #6 Summary

July 16, 2015 - Meeting #5 CANCELLED

May 21, 2015 - Meeting #4 Summary

March 19, 2015 - Meeting #3 Summary

January 15, 2015 - Meeting #2 Summary

December 2, 2014Meeting #1 Summary

The City of Minneapolis posts notes from Technical Advisory Committee meetings on their project webpage under News and Events.

Upcoming Meetings

Downtown Service Area Master Plan Public Hearing

Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 6:45pm @ MPRB Headquarters
A public hearing for the Downtown Service Area Master Plan (DSAMP) is scheduled across two upcoming meetings of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board of Commissioners. 


Over the next five years, we are embarking on an ambitious and critical effort to prepare master plans for all five service areas of Minneapolis (South, Downtown, Southwest, North, and Northeast). The Downtown and South master plans are the first to be initiated. The Downtown Service Area Master Plan will guide system-wide capital improvements, management, and operations of the existing public parks in the center of the city, and will envision and identify new park and recreation opportunities.

As part of this process, our staff and consultants are also meeting regularly with City of Minneapolis Planning staff (CPED) who are concurrently creating the Downtown Public Realm Framework, a guiding policy document for enhancing the pedestrian experience in downtown Minneapolis. The MPRB’s plan will focus on the downtown park system’s existing parks and trails, while the City’s will focus on the urban network of streets, urban plazas and spaces. It is envisioned that the documents will be related but separate, and each will be approved through our respective elected bodies.

A Service Area Master Plan is a document that:

  • Takes a complete look at all outdoor park assets: fields, playgrounds, paths, etc. (buildings are not included in this Service Area Master Plan, but will be considered system-wide at a later date)
  • Sets a vision for operations, management, and improvements
  • Creates improvement plans for each neighborhood park
  • Sets priorities and estimates budgets
  • Guides decisions on capital improvements, land acquisition, and development of new parks.

In essence, a Service Area Master Plan shows what the parks will look like in the future. It will allow us to plan realistically, openly, creatively, and equitably, so that:

  • We understand the resources we have
  • We can align what's in the parks with what people really want there

View the Downtown Service Area Map [PDF].

Review a description [PDF] of the MPRB and CPED coordinated efforts in planning downtown public spaces.

Read news releases on the project launch from both MPRB and CPED.

There is one Regional Park in the Downtown Service Area: Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park. It is currently undergoing a separate master plan process, which will be taken into consideration as part of this service area plan.

Park History

See David C. Smith's Parks, Lakes, Trails and so much more [PDF].