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: Pre-Design
Construction: 2018

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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

September – October 2017

  • Schematic design development, community engagement / open house

November 2017

  • Public Hearing, Schematic design approval

November 2017 – January 2018

  • Finalize construction documents

February 2018

  • Bidding

March 2018

  • Award contract

June – August 2018

  • Construction, building closure TBD

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Community Engagement

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.