Check out updated design concepts for all Southwest Minneapolis neighborhood parks

Revised concept for each park property now available for review online. Share your comments!

Community Advisory Committee meetings scheduled June 6, 10 and 25; July 11 and 25 if needed

Today, Thursday, May 30, 2019, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) published revised concepts for the Southwest Service Area Master Plan, called the Southwest Parks Plan for short. This master plan will create a cohesive set of new, long-term plans for all Minneapolis neighborhood park properties south of I-394 and west of I-35W – more than 40 properties in total.

These single revised concepts were created and honed through more than a year of community engagement, which included attending more than 100 park and neighborhood events and collecting and analyzing thousands of comments on previous iterations of park designs.

Find the concepts for your favorite parks and let us know what you think using the links below:

Central Parks Group [PDF]

Parks: Bryant Square, Loon Lake Trolley Path, Lyndale Farmstead, Lyndale School Pool, Painter, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Parkways: Kings Highway

Northeastern Parks Group [PDF]

Parks: 28th Street Tot Lot, Clinton Field, Mueller, Stevens Square, Washburn Fair Oaks, Whittier

Northern Parks Group [PDF]

Parks: Fremont Triangle, Kenwood, Levin Triangle, Smith Triangle, The Mall, The Parade, Thomas Lowry, Vineland Triangle
Parkways: Kenwood

Southeastern Parks Group [PDF]

Parks: Elmwood Triangle, Fuller, Gladstone Triangle, Kenny, Rustic Lodge Triangle, Windom South

Southwestern Parks Group [PDF]

Parks: Armatage, Lynnhurst, Penn Model Village Triangle, Pershing Field, Washburn Avenue Tot Lot

Western Parks Group [PDF]

Parks: Alcott Triangle, Chowen Triangle, Dell, Linden Hills, Park Siding, Reserve Block 40, St. Louis Triangle, Waveland Triangle, West End Triangle
Parkways: Linden Hills Boulevard

Potential Parks and Trails [PDF]

Community members have proposed several locations for potential new parks or trails in Southwest Minneapolis.

Comment on Revised Park Design Concepts

What happens next

The preferred concepts for each park property will be online with a survey for public feedback through June. The CAC will meet several times to discuss the revised concepts, provide direction to project staff and ultimately make recommendations for each park property.

After the CAC-recommendation process, staff will write the full master plan document and post it online for a 45-day public comment period, which will be followed by a public hearing and final adoption by the Board of Commissioners.

The CAC meeting schedule has been updated for the remainder of the project. See the full schedule below for details. All CAC and subcommittee meetings are open to the public and anyone interested in the refinement of these park concepts is encouraged to attend!

Snacks, refreshments and passive children’s activities are provided. Please contact Cindy Anderson at 612-230-6472 or to request language, access or interpretation accommodations.

CAC Meeting #8

Thursday, June 6, 2019, 6-8 pm
Painter Recreation Center, 620 W 34th St.

CAC Meeting #9

Monday, June 10, 2019, 6-8 pm
Bryant Square Recreation Center, 3101 Bryant Ave. S

Lynnhurst Subcommittee Meeting #1

Monday, June 17, 2019, 6-7:30 pm
Lynnhurst Recreation Center, 1345 W Minnehaha Parkway
We will review and discuss Lynnhurst Park, which is affected by both the Southwest Minneapolis Parks Plan and Minnehaha Creek Master Plan.

Lynnhurst Subcommittee Meeting #2

Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 5-6 pm
Fuller Recreation Center, 4802 Grand Ave. S
We will review of revised designs for the Lynnhurst Area, with possible recommendation moving forward that applies to both the Southwest Minneapolis Parks Plan and Minnehaha Creek Master Plan.

CAC Meeting #10

Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 6-8 pm
Fuller Recreation Center, 4802 Grand Ave. S

CAC Meeting #11 *if needed

Thursday, July 11 2019, 6-8 pm
Lynnhurst Recreation Center, 1345 W Minnehaha Parkway

CAC Meeting #12 *if needed

Thursday, July 25, 2019, 6-8 pm
Pershing Recreation Center, 3523 W 48th St.

This project does not include any recreation centers or areas classified as regional parkland, which include: Bde Maka Ska Park, Beard’s Plaisance, Brownie Park, Cedar Lake Park, Cedar Lake Regional Trail, Kenilworth Regional Trail, Lake Harriet Park, Lake of the Isles Park, Lyndale Park, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail, Morrison Park (home of Minneapolis Institute of Art), Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Soo Line Community Garden and William Berry Park.

Many of those areas have already have long-term plans as part of the Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Master Plan, which was approved by MPRB Commissioners on May 3, 2017.

Minnehaha Creek Master Plan

If you’re interested in the Southwest Parks Plan, you may also be interested in the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan (called Minnehaha Creek Master Plan for short). The Minnehaha Creek Master Plan is planning parkland surrounding the creek between Minnehaha Regional Park and the western city boundary.

Today the MPRB also published preferred concepts for the Minnehaha Creek Master Plan. Follow the link below for more information on that project.

Minnehaha Creek Master Plan Project Page