Painter Recreation Center
620 W 34th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Current Phase: Construction
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.
Grand reopening planned early 2019
November 2016 – January 2017
Project scoping with MPRB departments
Engage design consultants
Preliminary program review, costs estimating, and budget verification
May - August 2018
August 29, 2018
Open House / project information at the Ice Cream Social
Bidding for construction
October 22, 2018
October 22, 2018 - February 2019 (estimated) Construction (building will be closed)
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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.