Southwest Parks Plan Update: Final two CAC meetings set; Parade Subcommittee recap

Sept. 17: CAC Meeting #15 at Whittier Recreation Center Oct. 7: CAC Meeting #16 at MLK Recreation Center

Southwest Parks Plan Update: Next two CAC meetings scheduled September 17 and October 7

Sept. 11: Parade Subcommittee Meeting #2 at Kenwood Community Center Sept. 17: CAC Meeting #15 at Whittier Recreation Center Oct. 7: CAC Meeting #16 at MLK Recreation Center

Southwest Parks Plan Update: CAC Meeting #14 recap, Parade Subcommittee meets September 11

Next CAC meetings yet to be scheduled; Parade Subcommittee meets for the second time on September 11, 6-8 pm at Kenwood Community Center

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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-Winter 2018

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

Spring-Summer 2019

  • 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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To share comments related to the revised park concepts, please take the online survey or contact the project manager, Colleen O’Dell codell@minneapolisparks.org

Past Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

SW Parks CAC meeting #15

Tue, Sep 17, 2019 5:30pm – 8:30pm (note: longer than previous meetings) @ TBD
CAC members will discuss remaining parks in “warrants more discussion” catagory with goal of finalizing a recommendation. Focus on Kenny, Armatage, Pershing, Linden Hills, The Mall.

SW Parks CAC meeting #16

Mon, Oct 7, 2019 5:30pm – 8:30pm (note: longer than previous meetings) @ TBD
CAC members will discuss remaining parks in “warrants more discussion” catagory with goal of finalizing a recommendation. Focus on Kenwood, The Parade.

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.