Project Location

Painter Recreation Center
620 W 34th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Project Manager

Dana Murdoch
Phone: 612-230-6446

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Language Resources

Correo Electró

Key Documents

Community Engagement Plan [PDF]


Current Phase: Construction
Construction: 2019

What's New

The Painter Park Recreation Center Building Improvements project is currently in design with construction planned to start as early as October 2018. Building improvements include HVAC replacement with added air conditioning; toilet room ADA accessibility updates and other ADA improvements; modified lobby, reception desk, and staff office area; and other miscellaneous building improvements.

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Project Milestones

November 2016 – January 2017  
Project scoping with MPRB departments  

July 2017  
Engage design consultants  

September 2017  
Preliminary program review, costs estimating, and budget verification  

May - August 2018  
Design development  

August 29, 2018  
Open House / project information at the Ice Cream Social  

August 2018  
Bidding for construction  

October 22, 2018  
Close building  

October 22, 2018 - February 2019 (estimated) Construction (building will be closed)

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Community Engagement Plan [PDF]

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Painter Park Recreation Center was identified in the 2017 Budget as a Neighborhood Park Replace & Invest Project for building improvements.


MPRB officially named the park Jonathan E. Painter Park on February 2, 1977. The park was referred to before that as Lyndale Park, or the old Lyndale School site. Jonathan Painter was the first industrial arts teacher in the Minneapolis school system and created the industrial arts curriculum in city schools.

The old Lyndale School site was acquired in 1976. MPRB paid for the land with money it had received from the state department of transportation for park land taken for freeways in the 1960s and 1970s. The site was redeveloped as a playground immediately after its acquisition, with playing fields, playgrounds, tennis courts and a recreation center built in 1976.

Playground and field improvements were completed in 2001, with final landscaping touches added in 2002. The basketball court was resurfaced in 2015 and in 2016 outdoor pickleball striping was added to the tennis courts.