Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park
4055 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55409
Current Phase: Construction substantially complete
A professional artwork conservator has completed a round of structural repairs to Freedom Form II, the 46-year-old Corten steel sculpture at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. Treatment included fixing failing welds, cleaning and welding open seams, repairing cracks, installing weep holes, removing graffiti and some repair of surface texture. The conservation process for Corten steel causes discoloration in the metal, so initially the repaired areas will be bright orange, then they will slowly fade to dark brown over several years as the sculpture is weathered by the environment.
A joyous crowd gathered to celebrate the new playground opening, including donors Hennepin County Youth Sports, Bobby & Steve’s, People for Parks, Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund & Larry Fitzgerald, Sr., and KFNA.
Please mark your calendars to join the dedication celebration of a unique new playground on Saturday, August 22, 2015!
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The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Advisory Council is comprised of interested community members. The Council met six times between January and April 2011 to develop a concept plan to improve the park, and continues to meet the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park to further discuss ways to improve the park, and to assist in choice of materials for concrete, benches, and signage.
The Council envisions the park as a place where people can learn, reflect on and contemplate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s thoughts and ideas as well as the values and lessons learned in the continuing struggle for freedom. They are currently fundraising for a new playground and the park as a whole. Visit the MLK Playground and Site Improvements project page.
April 27, 2011 - Public Meeting #6 Focus: Review final report on recommendations resulting from interactive discussions
March 31, 2011 - Public Meeting #5 Focus: Interactive discussions
March 15, 2011 - Public Meeting #4 Focus: Interactive discussions
February 15, 2011 - Public Meeting #3 Focus: Interactive discussions
January 27, 2011 - Public Meeting #2 Focus: Interactive discussions
January 6, 2011 - Public Meeting #1 Focus: how best to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the park
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In 1968, after the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the Minneapolis NAACP petitioned the Park Board to rename Nicollet field as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park. The Park Board overwhelmingly voted to change the name of the park to Dr. Martin Luther King Park in October of 1968. The renamed park underwent significant renovation and was dedicated in a celebration held on June 21, 1970. The Honorable Ralph J. Bunche, Under Secretary General of the United Nations and the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950 was the honored guest speaker. A sculpture, Freedom Form # 2, was donated and presented to the park in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by world-renowned Daniel L. Johnson of New York during the ceremonies. This sculpture, which to many people represents the soul of the park, was later relocated within the park.
In 2011, together with community members, the Park Board established the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Advisory Council to revitalize the memorial aspect of the park, and to develop ideas to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy at the park. Through Council meetings, a concept plan for the park as well as infrastructure and programming recommendations were developed, which were then adopted by the Park Board. Phase 1 infrastructure recommendations were completed in 2011, including returning Freedom Form #2 to its original location. Phase 2 recommendations are complete.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Advisory Council
Kingfield Neighborhood Association
Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment
Hennepin County Youth Sports Grant Program
Bobby & Steve’s Auto World Youth Foundation
People For Parks
Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund