Project Location

Painter Recreation Center

620 W 34th St. Minneapolis, MN 55408
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Project Manager

Cliff Swenson
Phone: (612) 230-6473

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Language Resources

Correo Electró

Key Documents

Community Engagement Plan [PDF]


Current Phase: Construction

Construction: 2019

Join us! Painter Recreation Center re-opens on Monday April 29 at 5:30 pm

Get a first look at the newly improved recreation center, under construction since last October.

Painter Recreation Center closes October 22 for rehabilitation project

Grand reopening planned early 2019   Painter Recreation Center closes Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 so crews can prepare the building for a range of repair and rehabilitation work over the fall and winter.   Announced by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) in August, the rehabilitation project includes:  Addition of air conditioning, along with replacement of furnaces Restroom accessibility […]

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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)
April 29, 2019

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Community Engagement

Community Engagement Plan [PDF]

Upcoming Meetings

Mon, Apr 29, 2019 5:30pm @ Painter Recreation Center
On Monday April 29 at 5:30 pm, join Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Superintendent Al Bangoura, Commissioner, Londel French, MPRB project staff and your Lyndale Neighborhood community as we reopen and celebrate improvements to the recreation center.


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.