Address

201 Seymour Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Contact

Phone: 612-230-6400
Email: info@minneapolisparks.org

Park Hours

6 am-midnight

Chergosky Park

Nearby Recreation Center: Luxton Recreation Center

Features & Amenities

  • Picnic Area
  • Playground/Tot Lot

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Park Details

Size: .38 acres

Neighborhood: Prospect Park - East River Road

Service Area: 1

Commissioner District: Southeast

Rentals & Permits

Outdoor Use and Event Space: Learn how to reserve park space for corporate events, community celebrations, and more. Application [PDF]

History

Name: The park was referred to in the neighborhood as Chergosky Park long before the park board acquired the land in 1992. Chergosky was the name of a grocer in the neighborhood. The park board continued using the name although it was never formally adopted.

Acquisition and Development

The acquisition and development of this small park and playground for children, a totlot, in southeast Minneapolis, separated by a sound wall from I-94, may have set a speed record. In response to requests from the neighborhood to take over and develop the land as a park in February 1992, the park board expressed its support in April for efforts to revitalize the park. In July of that year the park board applied to the state for acquisition of the land, which was originally acquired by the state for non-payment of taxes. In its application to the state for the land, the park board called it “vacant and unused” and “suitable for park purposes.” The development of the small park was aided by a donation of $7,500 from the Weyerhauser Foundation in August and initial improvements to the park were completed by September.

What makes the speed of development especially noteworthy was that at the beginning of 1992, the City of Minneapolis, not the state, owned the land. The city had acquired the land from the state in 1942 to be used exclusively for street purposes. At that time the land was on the state’s list of property forfeited for failure to pay taxes. Due to that restriction, using the land for a park required that the city return the land to the state and the state then give it to the park board.

The park board has acquired significant properties over the years from the state’s list of tax-forfeited properties, including parts of North Mississippi, Bossen, Northeast, Peavey and McRae parks.

Park history compiled and written by David C. Smith.