Project Location

Minneapolis, MN

Project Manager

Adam Arvidson

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Language Resources

Correo Electró

Join us for next Ecological System Plan meeting March 27

The next Ecological System Plan Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting is scheduled Tuesday, March 27, 2017, 4:30-6 pm at Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board headquarters, 2117 West River Road. At the meeting, the CAC will: Discuss the draft goals, strategies, and recommendations released last fall  Discuss progress with the written plan Review and comment on […]

Draft Goals and Strategies

Draft Goals and Strategies have been developed to frame how MPRB can address environmental impacts and concerns in Minneapolis parks.  Your input is welcome!  Please read through the Draft Goals and Strategies [PDF] and provide your input through the our online survey. 

Ecological System Plan CAC Meeting

The Ecological System Plan framework that has been taking shape this summer is in draft form and the CAC will meet to discuss how/where/when MPRB should plan to bring this framework forward to the community this fall. Please bring your ideas about upcoming engagement opportunities and be ready to give input on presentation and content, just as […]

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Project History

March 2014-August 2017

  • CAC meetings 5-9

June 2017

  • Public Engagement Phase I begins to build awareness about plan purpose and topics

March 2017

  • Ecological System Plan Restarts

May 2015

  • Project is put on hold to address other necessary community discussions in 2015 and 2016.

March 2014-April 2015

  • Phase 1: Project initiation; Community Advisory Committee (CAC) appointment, PAT establishment, connection with RAs, and consultant and artist-in-residence selection
  • Community Engagement Plan [PDF]
  • CAC meetings 1-4

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Community Engagement

Community Engagement Plan [PDF]

CAC Meetings

The CAC is comprised of both appointed members and meeting attendees from throughout Minneapolis and the MWMO jurisdiction. Its main charge is to contribute to broad community engagement by acting as primary contact for the CAC’s represented communities, and by enhancing the project’s interaction with a wide range of stakeholders.

The public may attend CAC meetings. Time for general public comment will be reserved at the end of each meeting

Attend a Community Event

In the spring and summer of 2017, we will host a variety of engagement events out in the community and in the parks. We are still working on exactly where we will be, so check back later for more details.

Upcoming Meetings

Ecological System Plan CAC Meeting
March 27, 2018

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ECO: home
OLOGY: study
ECOLOGY: the study of home

This photograph was taken in 1972 from the window of Apollo 17. It’s called the “Blue Marble.” This is the last image of the whole earth taken by a person, and it came at a time of environmental awakening for our nation. It got us thinking about home – our home, our region, our city. What is our home environment really like? And how can we make it even better?

Urbanization can be a problem for natural systems. Increased pavement, vehicle traffic, higher urban temperatures, and general use can negatively impact urban waterways, green spaces, and the air. Cities, however, can help solve many of the problems they create – if managed properly.

The Ecological System Plan will seek to first understand the ecology of the city and watershed, then plan for parks and public lands management and improvements that benefit both humans and nature. It will address specific threats such as climate change, decreasing water quality, explosion of invasive species, increasing runoff, and fragmentation of habitat. It will envision a more environmentally sound way of managing the impacts of the city, so that the city can be cleaner, greener, cooler, and more efficient.

Specifically, the ecological system plan will:

  • Compile, create, and illustrate city-wide ecological data
  • Craft a vision for natural resources and public lands within the watershed and city
  • Outline guiding principles for management
  • Challenge the community to rethink the city around them – from the local neighborhood park to the Grand Rounds to backyards – in terms of ecological function, benefit, and health


General O&M Funds

  • Amount: $90,000
  • Expiration: N/A

Grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization

  • Amount: $100,000
  • Expiration: N/A