Project Location

Minneapolis, MN

Project Manager

Ellen Kennedy

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Language Resources

Correo Electró


Current Phase: Planning
Construction: TBD

What's New


Project History

March 28, 2017

  • CAC meets to review progress to date and discuss next steps

March 15, 2017

  • Board announces formal restart of the Ecological System Plan

May 2015

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

April 14, 2015

  • CAC Meeting #4

December 4, 2014

  • CAC Meeting #3

August 27, 2014

  • CAC Meeting #2

August 7, 2014

  • CAC Meeting #1

May 23, 2014

May 21, 2014

March-June 2014

  • Phase 1: Project initiation; Community Advisory Committee (CAC) appointment, PAT establishment, connection with RAs, and consultant and artist-in-residence selection


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Community Engagement

Community Engagement Plan [PDF]

CAC Meetings

The CAC is comprised of 19 members [PDF] from throughout Minneapolis and the MWMO jurisdiction. Its main charge is to help ensure broad public understanding of and input into the plan.

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

Tue, Aug 29, 2017 from 4:30pm - 6:00pm @ Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Headquarters
We will be meeting to discuss the date, location, and format of the first plan specific public involvement event and how the CAC would like to see tie-ins with local organizations and scientific concepts relating to plan themes (water, air, land, and life) and topics (air quality issues, carbon sequestration, urban heat island effect, stormwater runoff, habitat connectivity, habitat quality and biodiversity, and sustainable energy generation).


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