East of the River Park Master Plan approved by Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

  • Every neighborhood park property in NE/SE Minneapolis now has a master plan

  • Project also plans for new parks and park connections in Minneapolis east of the Mississippi River

At its meeting on March 27, 2019, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) of Commissioners approved the East of the River Park Master Plan. The plan contains long-term park designs for all Minneapolis neighborhood park properties east of the Mississippi River. It also plans for new parks, like Towerside Park, and new park connections, like the Grand Rounds Missing Link.

The East of the River Park Master Plan will guide the development, rehabilitation and operation of Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis neighborhood parks over the next 20-30 years, and also guide capital expenditures under the 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan.

East of the River Park Master Plan Map [PDF]


Community Engagement

The master plan document reflects the recommendations of an appointed Community Advisory Committee (CAC), a group of 18 Northeast/Southeast Minneapolis residents that met 12 times between October 2017 and October 2018. In addition to the CAC meetings, community engagement tasks that informed the draft Master Plan included:

  • Attending dozens of community events, including Halloween parties, ice cream socials, community barbecues, farmer’s markets and neighborhood festivals
  • Partnering on a special design workshop during Art-A-Whirl where local artists helped create new park wayfinding signs
  • Hosting nearly 20 design workshops with neighborhood groups and organizations across NE/SE Minneapolis
  • Taking a Van Tour across NE/SE Minneapolis Parks
  • Hosting a Scavenger Hunt with a Pop-Up Design Truck across NE/SE Minneapolis Parks
  • Creating three online surveys, which generated nearly 1,200 comments
  • Weekly educational, design, and outreach sessions with the Youth Design Team, a group of youth from Northeast or Southeast Minneapolis neighborhoods who were hired to work on the process with MPRB staff and design team consultants.
  • An official 45-day public comment period opened Nov. 13, 2018 and closed Dec. 28, 2018.
  • All 801 comments from the comment period were tabulated and analyzed into 351 themes for consideration by Commissioners
  • A formal public hearing took place on March 6, 2018.

View the Plan

Use the links below to view the plan online or visit the East of the River Park Master Plan project page (www.minneapolisparks.org/eastoftheriver) and click on “Final Documents” in the right column.

Chapter 1: Introduction and Planning Framework [PDF]

An overview of the document and its purpose.

Chapter 2: Planning Process [PDF]

Documenting the project schedule and meetings, key findings, community engagement and other data.

Chapter 3: Service Area Vision [PDF]

The overarching guiding principles for the East of the River Service Area as a whole.

Chapter 4: Park Plans (A-B) [PDF]

Architect Triangle, Audubon Park, Barton Triangle, Beltrami Park, Bottineau Park

Chapter 4: Park Plans (C) [PDF]

Caleb Dorr Circle, Cavell Park, Chergosky Park, Chute Square Park, Columbia Park

Chapter 4: Park Plans (D-I) [PDF]

Deming Heights Park, Dickman Park, Elwell Park, Franklin Oval, Hi-View Park, Holmes Park

Chapter 4: Park Plans (J-M) [PDF]

Jackson Square Park, Logan Park, Luxton Park, Marcy Park, Monroe Place Triangle

Chapter 4: Park Plans (N-S) [PDF]

Northeast Park, Northeast Ice Arena, Oak Crest Triangle, Orlin Triangle, Saint Anthony Park, Sibley Triangle

Chapter 4: Park Plans (T-Z) [PDF]

Tower Hill Park, Towerside Park (New), Van Cleve Park, Waite Park, Washington Triangle, Windom NE Park, Xcel Field Park

Chapter 4: Park Plans: Regional Trail [PDF]

Grand Rounds Missing Link: Preferred and Alternative Routes

Chapter 5: Operations and Maintenance [PDF]

Analyzing current maintenance practices and estimating the maintenance impact of the future plans.

Chapter 6: Implementation [PDF]

A discussion of how the plans will become reality, how the master plan document can change over time and how various implementers can use the document.