Newly adopted master plan guides long-term development of North Minneapolis neighborhood parks

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!

You’re invited: public hearing on Jan. 16 for North Minneapolis neighborhood park plans

Following the public hearing, plans for the future of all North Minneapolis neighborhood parks will be considered for approval!

Next steps: long-term neighborhood park plans for North Minneapolis

Thanks to everyone who participated in more than 18 months of community-based planning and design for 31 neighborhood parks and three trails in North Minneapolis to create the North Service Area Master Plan (NSAMP)! As you may know, the public comment period for these plans ended on October 27. Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) staff and the design team are compiling the comments […]

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Project Milestones

Late 2016

  • Project start-up
  • Park inventory and analysis
  • Consultant selection
  • Community Advisory Committee (CAC) application process
January-September 2017
  • Community visioning
  • Community discussion park needs, likes, dislikes, concerns, and dreams
October 2017-June 2018
  • Development of park concept plans
  • Community discussion about park plans and area-wide vision
July-November 2018
  • Creation of North Service Area Master Plan (NSAMP) document
  • Community comments on the document
  • Final adoption by MPRB Commissioners

The North Service Area Master Plan (NSAMP) will have extensive community engagement, and lots of different ways to participate.  Throughout 2017, we expect to be in the parks, at community events, attending community meetings, and trying to talk with as many people as we can. For now, there are three ways to get involved:

  • Attend a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting. The CAC is a group of community members appointed by MPRB commissioners, Minneapolis city council members and neighborhood organizations to guide the North Service Area Master Plan. Meetings are open to the public. View the CAC Roster [PDF]
  • Enter your email to receive updates about meetings, events and more.
  • Call or send an e-mail to the project manager, Adam Arvidson, if you have initial ideas, want to discuss the project, or would like to request the project team come to your organization’s meeting.
  • You can leave comments about the project and any northside neighborhood park at this online survey.

Past Meetings

July 16, 2018 – CAC Meeting #10 Summary [PDF]
June 26, 2018 – CAC Meeting #9 Summary [PDF]
June 21, 2018 – CAC Meeting #8 Summary [PDF]
June 4, 2018CAC Meeting #7 Summary [PDF]
March 29, 2018 – CAC Meeting #6 Summary
January 8, 2018 – CAC Meeting #5 was part of Design Week, see “Preferred Design Concepts” above.

October 25, 2017 – CAC Meeting #4 Summary [PDF]
September 25, 2017CAC Meeting #3 Summary
June 15, 2017 – CAC Meeting #2 Summary
May 24, 2017 – CAC Meeting #1 Summary

Upcoming Meetings


A Service Area Master Plan is a process that engages the community to:

  • Take a complete look at all outdoor park assets: fields, playgrounds, paths, etc. (Recreation center buildings are not included in this Master Plan. They are part of RecQuest.)
  • Create improvement plans for each neighborhood park
  • Guide decisions on capital improvements, how to spend NPP20 funding, land acquisition, and development of new parks.
  • Set a vision for operations, management, and improvements
  • Set priorities and estimate budgets

The North Service Area Master Plan (NSAMP) will include all neighborhood parks north of I-394 and west of the Mississippi River. It does not include Regional Parks (Theodore Wirth, Victory Parkway, North Mississippi, and Above the Falls/RiverFirst) because these parks are required by the Metropolitan Council to have their own master plans. The project WILL include the Shingle Creek Regional Trail corridor and the Wirth Parkway corridor between Golden Valley Road and Lowry Avenue. These regional facilities do not have current master plans, so we will plan them along with the north side neighborhood parks.  In all, 34 park properties are included in the NSAMP project.  Click here for a map [PDF].