2900 Marshall St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
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In 2014 MPRB signed a 20-year lease to operate the park on land owned by Xcel Energy. The park was formerly known as NSP Fields.
The picnic shelter and ball field are available for reservation by the public.
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Major investments at Central Gym Park in 2018 were made possible with funding from the 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan. This historic agreement between MPRB and the City of Minneapolis helps address racial and economic equity across 160 neighborhood parks and provides $11 million annually to maintain, repair and replace facilities.
Xcel Field Park features Rod Carew All Star Field, a synthetic turf ball field that opened in 2014 thanks to significant donations from the Cal Ripken Senior Foundation, Minnesota Twins, Major League Baseball, Pohlad Foundation, Xcel Energy and a Hennepin Youth Sports grant.
Acquisition and Development
The Park Board has leased the triangular parcel of land east of Marshall Street NE and south of St. Anthony Parkway since the 1990s. Originally the park was called NSP Fields, but its name changed after Northern States Power merged with two other utility companies to form Xcel Energy in 1998.
The site served as a coal storage area for the Riverside power plant before ball fields were built. The ball fields were torn up when contamination was discovered onsite and Xcel Energy completed a soil remediation project in fall 2013.
The Park Board signed a new 20-year lease with Xcel Energy in March 2014. Four months later Rod Carew All Star Field officially opened during a ceremony commemorating the completion of the new synthetic turf field built in the northwest corner of the park.
The site’s master plan envisions three more ball fields supported by a small concessions building. In addition to Rod Carew All Star Field, Xcel Field Park also offers several horseshoe pits, a large open field, small garden and picnic shelter.
Park history compiled and written by David C. Smith.