Project Location

Southwest Service Area

Project Manager

Colleen O’Dell
Phone: 612-230-6469

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Language Resources

Correo Electró

Key Documents


Current Phase: System Planning

Draft Documents

The project Community Advisory Committee (CAC) made its final recommendations on Oct. 7, 2019. View summary notes from every CAC meeting by clicking on the “Get Involved” tab below.

The draft master plan document is being written and it will be published for a 45-day public comment period later this fall. Subscribe to email updates to stay informed.

Southwest Parks Plan Update: Release of draft document planned for February

Draft of full plan anticipated to open for 45-day public comment period in February, pending Board vote

Southwest Parks Plan Update: CAC meetings complete, draft plan will be released for public comment later this fall

Community Advisory Committee made its final recommendations on Oct. 7 Draft of full plan will be released for 45-day public comment period later this fall

CAC Meeting #16 Summary

CAC #16 Agenda [PDF] CAC #16 Presentation [PDF] CAC #16 Notes [PDF] Back to Project Page

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Project Milestones

Spring 2018

  • Project start-up
  • Park inventory and analysis
  • Consultant selection
  • Community Advisory Committee (CAC) application process

Summer-Fall 2018

  • Community visioning
  • Community discussion park needs, likes, dislikes, concerns, and dreams

Fall 2018-Summer 2019

  • Development and refinement of park concept plans
  • Community discussion about park plans and area-wide vision

Fall 2019-Winter 2020

  • Creation of Southwest Service Area Master Plan (SW Parks Plan) document
  • Community comments on the document
  • Final adoption by MPRB Commissioners

Project History

The SW Service Area Master Plan project kicked off in spring of 2018.

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A Service Area Master Plan is a process that engages the community to:

  • Take a complete look at all outdoor park assets: fields, playgrounds, paths, etc. (Recreation center buildings are not included in this Master Plan. They are part of RecQuest.)
  • Create improvement plans for each neighborhood park
  • Guide decisions on capital improvements, how to spend NPP20 funding, land acquisition, and development of new parks.
  • Set a vision for operations, management, and improvements
  • Set priorities and estimate budgets

The Southwest Service Area Master Plan (SW Parks Plan) will include all neighborhood parks south of I-394 and west of I-35W, including small triangle park properties. In all, 43 park properties are included in the SW Parks Plan project. Please view the service area map under “Key Documents” to see all of the park properties involved in the project. The SW Parks Plan will not include regional parks such as Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Regional Park (including Brownie, Cedar, Lake of the Isles, Bde Maka Ska, and Harriet) nor regional trails (Kenilworth, Cedar Lake, and Minnehaha Parkway) because these parks and trails are required by the Metropolitan Council to have their own, separate master plans.