Project Location

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park
4055 Nicollet Ave. 
Minneapolis, MN 55409

Project Manager

Jennifer Ringold
Phone:
 612-230-6464
Email: jringold@minneapolisparks.org

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Language Resources

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Status

Current Phase: Construction substantially complete

What's New

Timeline

Project History

August 2015

August 23, 2014

February 6, 2013

August 28, 2011

  • News release – Build the Dream public celebration: Re-dedication of Freedom Form #2

August 25, 2011

  • Implementation – Freedom Form #2 sculpture relocated to original location

May 18, 2011

April 27, 2011

  • Public Meeting #6 – Review final report on recommendations resulting from interactive discussions

March 31, 2011

  • Public Meeting #5 – Interactive discussions

March 15, 2011

  • Public Meeting #4 – Interactive discussions

February 15, 2011

  • Public Meeting #3 – Interactive discussions

January 27, 2011

  • Public Meeting #2 – Interactive discussions

January 6, 2011

  • Public Meeting #1 – Focus: how best to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the park

January 13, 2010

  • Park Board authorizes $32,500 for improvements/programs that would best honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 2011 Annual Budget Report [PDF]

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Community Engagement

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.

Past Meetings

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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Background

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.

Partners

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

Park History

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park History [PDF]