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North Service Area Master Plan features improvements, operations and management for 31 neighborhood parks, 3 regional trails Northside communities participated in 18-month planning process Several projects already underway!
While the North Service Area Master Plan is moving toward a public hearing and Board Adoption later this winter, MPRB staff have begun work on the Phase 1 Improvements project in Folwell Park.
Fall 2019 or Spring/Summer 2020
Background and Funding
Completed as one part of the North Service Area Master Plan (pending Board approval – Fall 2018), the Folwell Park Master Plan will be the guide for the Phase 1 Improvements project. The North Service Area Master Plan is the result of more than 1 ½ years of planning and design by MPRB staff, the community, and hired technical consultants. More than 100 community engagement events were held and several different stages of input garnered thousands of individual comments on park plans, guiding principles, and the planning process itself. At the core of the community engagement was the 19-member Community Advisory Committee (CAC), a group of community members appointed by MPRB Commissioners, City Council Members, and Neighborhood Organizations. The CAC met 10 times as a group. CAC members also created four formal working groups to address specific topics or geographic areas of the plan. Meetings of these working groups were entirely scheduled and led by CAC members, with support from the MPRB project team. They delved in more deeply into their topic areas and reported back to the full CAC. The working groups were: Parks without Recreation Centers, North Commons, Bassett’s Creek Valley, and Shingle Creek (also known as “Create a Community Center”). Many CAC members also connected directly with their networks and neighbors to bring valuable insight to the planning process. Throughout the process, MPRB staff expended significant efforts to reach out to community members often left out of planning processes, namely people of color. Staff and design team members attended numerous community festivals, both in and outside of parks, and often simply visited parks on busy days to talk with users. Three other efforts were specifically envisioned to involve more northsiders in the process and to make the design process itself more transparent: the Community Connectors Program, the Data Jam, and the Design Week. During the initial phase of engagement, MPRB hired 11 north side individuals and organizations to do engagement of MPRB’s behalf. A competitive call garnered 32 responses—each of which were asked to devise a “project” to engage some underserved population. The CAC selected the 11 connectors through lengthy discussion at meeting #2, and thereby decided how approximately $60,000 of the project budget would be spent. At CAC meeting #4, the CAC and general public participated in MPRB’s frst ever Data Jam. In an effort to involve the community in not just the gathering of data, but in the interpretation of that data, meeting participants were asked to sift through collected community engagement and demographic data. They developed major topics for both the service area as a whole, and for each individual park. They worked both individually and collectively, having excellent arguments about what the “public” was actually saying. The results of the Data Jam fed directly into the initial designs of the parks themselves, which were also prepared in a new and different way. In order to diversify the pool of designers involved in the park designs and to open the process to the CAC and public, MPRB hired six landscape architects to come to Minneapolis for one week and help generate initial park designs. These designers were selected for their experience working on parks in underserved communities. They hailed from Minneapolis, Chicago, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, and Houston. They featured gender and race diversity.
2015 Net Debt Bonds – $300,000 (Baseball, Football or Soccer Field Improvements) 2015 Capital Levy – $300,000 (Athletic Facility Improvements) 2017 NPP20 – $339,000 (Master Plan Implementation 2018 HYSP Grant – $100,000 (Athletic Facility Improvements) 2017 Park Dedication – $7,042 (Added Park Amenity) 2019 Park Dedication – $4,587(Added Park Amenity) Total Project Funding – $1,050,629