Draft Downtown Service Area Master Plan
Current Phase: Planning
This is the last week for the public to comment on a draft of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s (MPRB) Downtown Service Area Master Plan (DSAMP). This document will guide outdoor improvements at all non-riverfront downtown neighborhood parks (Elliot Park, Franklin Steele Square, Gateway Park, Loring Park, Park Avenue Triangle) for the next 20-30 years, as well as the potential acquisition and development of new parkland within downtown Minneapolis. The public comment period opened on Jan. 18, 2017 and it closes March 4, 2017.
The draft plan is available by clicking on links under “Key Documents” on the project page. Printed copies are also available at Elliot Recreation Center, Loring Community Arts Center, and MPRB headquarters. Community members may comment by filling out a brief online survey, by filling out a printed survey at a recreation center, or by e-mailing or phoning the project contact.
The first half of our final Steering Committee meeting for the Downtown Service Area Master Plan was held Jan 28th. The second half is set for Thurs. Feb 25, 6:30-8:30 pm in the Board Room of the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) headquarters. The agenda includes a review of the most recent draft plans for parks in the downtown area.
February 18–March 4, 2017
January and February, 2016
October 19-23, 2015
August 20, 2015
July 22, 2015
Closing the Gap - South Service Area, Downtown Service Area master plans, and RecQuest Public Meeting
May 21, 2015
March 19, 2015
March 3, 2015
February 3, 2015
January 15, 2015
January 6, 2015
December 2, 2014
November 4, 2014
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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.
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.
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, 2015 - Meeting #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, 2014 - Meeting #1 Summary
The City of Minneapolis posts notes from Technical Advisory Committee meetings on their project webpage under News and Events.
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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:
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:
View the Downtown Service Area Map [PDF].
Review a description [PDF] of the MPRB and CPED coordinated efforts in planning downtown public spaces.
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.
See David C. Smith's Parks, Lakes, Trails and so much more [PDF].