Project Location

Bossen Field Park
5701 S 28th Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55417

Project Manager

Jon Duesman
Phone: 612-230-6471

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Current Phase: Construction Documents
Construction: Late 2015/2016-2017 (construction may include multiple phases over several years)

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Project Milestones

July 2016

  • Construction begins July 2016 and is expected to last until July 2017
  • Impacts on use of the park are expected to be significant, with large areas closed for use, including ball fields and playgrounds

Project History

Summer 2015

  • CAC recommendations and approval by Board of Commissioners
  • Phase 1 project development and construction plans

April 21, 2015 - CAC Meeting #3

March 24, 2015 - CAC Meeting #2

February 24, 2015 - CAC Meeting #1

February 7, 2015

  • Site visit: A site visit was held for the CAC and public to see the park and identify priorities for improvements. Feedback from the site visit was presented at CAC meeting #1

November 2014-January 2015

  • CAC Charge and composition approval
  • Consultant approval

Fall 2014

  • The Community Engagement Plan [PDF] is developed which identifies methods and goals for community engagement
  • Consultant RFP and selection process

July 9, 2014

  • Pre-planning information - project introduction

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Community Engagement

Community Engagement Plan [PDF]

The Bossen Field Master Plan community design process has an appointed Community Advisory Committee (CAC) and a Project Advisory Committee (PAC) of MPRB staff from all departments to help guide the design and prioritize improvements to the park. Additional outreach will connect to primary stakeholder groups identified d in the CE Plan.

Everyone is welcome to attend CAC meetings and each meeting will have a public comment time.


There will be multiple surveys and other means to provide input on the project during the design process. The first survey, asking about existing use and conditions of the park and about ideas for improvements, ended on February 18. Upcoming surveys will be added for feedback on concept design preferences.

Community Advisory Committee

The composition and charge of the CAC was approved by the planning committee on November 19, 2014 and on December 3 at the full board meeting. A Community Engagement Plan (CEP) for this project was be developed in fall 2014. 

The Charge of the CAC is to:

  • Become knowledgeable about the project and its scope and advise MPRB staff and consultants throughout the planning process
  • Contribute to broad community engagement by acting as primary contact for represented communities, and by enhancing the project's interaction with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Make recommendations to the MPRB Commissioners for an updated Master Plan for Bossen Field Park which strives to meet both citywide recreation and neighborhood recreation needs, and ensuring sustainable, accessible, safe and welcoming design
  • Make recommendations to the MPRB Commissioners on prioritization of improvements to the park so that they can be implemented in phases

Appointers of CAC members include: Park Board Commissioners (10), Minneapolis Schools Athletic Director (1), Nokomis East Neighborhood Association (NENA) (2), MPRB Citywide Recreation Staff (3), City Council Member Quincy (2), City Council Member Johnson (1), and the mayor of Minneapolis (1). The MPRB president, Commissioner Wielinski, will appoint the Chair of the CAC.

Past Meetings

April 21, 2015CAC Meeting #3 Meeting Summary

March 24, 2015CAC Meeting #2 Meeting Summary

February 24, 2015CAC Meeting #1 Meeting Summary

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Bossen Field is a 35-acre park on the south edge of the city which functions as a city-wide athletic complex and neighborhood park.

The park currently features: baseball/softball/soccer fields, a basketball court, wading pool, playground, picnic areas, a restroom building and two parking lots.

Bossen Field was acquired by the Park Board in 1947 and was named after Superintendent Christian Bossen.

Development of the park occurred in several phases [PDF] starting in the late-1950s, with other projects in the 1970s and 1980s, with the most recent updates in 1989.


Estimated funding is established in the current Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for Bossen described as for “Playground and Site Improvements” and "Athletic Fields and Site Improvements." The CIP is updated each year for a five year period and only the upcoming year is formally approved by the Board of Commissioners as part of the annual budget.

Funding amounts for years beyond the current year (2015) may change.

Proposed and Existing Funding for Bossen Field (as of 2015 CIP):

  • 2012: 250,000 Capital Levy (Playground and site improvements)
  • 2015: $640,000 in Net Debt Bonds (Athletic Field and Site Improvements)
  • 2016: $2.5 million in Net Debt Bonds and Capital Levy  (Athletic Field and Site Improvements)
  • 2017: $450,000 Net Debt Bonds (Athletic Field and Site Improvements)
  • 2017: $412,300 Capital Levy  (Athletic Field and Site Improvements)

Park History

Bossen Field Park History [PDF]