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Current Phase: Construction
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 […]
November 2016 – January 2017
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.