Let us know what you think about proposed long-term plans for all Southwest Minneapolis neighborhood parks

Initial long-term plans for dozens of SW MPLS parks online now; chat with designers at three upcoming events!

Today, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) published initial proposed long-term plans for more than 40 Southwest Minneapolis neighborhood park properties. These initial park concepts were created through eight months of gathering feedback from park users and working with MPRB maintenance, forestry and recreation staff members, a professional design team and Community Advisory Committee (CAC).

Park Design Concepts

Two park concepts were created for most properties (only one concept was created for some small assets; three for a few larger or more complex assets) in the Southwest Service Area Master Plan, called Southwest Parks Plan for short. Find the concepts for your favorite parks and let us know what you think using the links below:

Parks A-K [PDF]
Parks: Armatage, Bryant Square, Clinton Field, Dell, Fuller, Kenny, Kenwood
Triangles/Etc: 28th Street Tot Lot, Alcott, Chowen, Elmwood, Fremont, Gladstone
Parkways/Trails: Kings Highway, Kenwood Parkway

Parks L-P [PDF]
Parks: Linden Hills, Lyndale Farmstead, Lynnhurst, Mueller, Painter, Park Siding, Pershing Field
Triangles/Etc: Levin, Lyndale School Pool, Penn Model Village
Parkways/Trails: Linden Hills Boulevard, Loon Lake Trolley Path

Parks R-W [PDF]
Parks: Reserve Block 40, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Stevens Square, The Mall, The Parade, Thomas Lowry, Washburn Fair Oaks, Whittier, Windom South
Triangles/Etc: Rustic Lodge, Smith, St. Louis, Vineland, Washburn Avenue Tot Lot, Waveland, West End

New Proposed Parks and Trails [PDF]
Community members have proposed several locations for potential new parks or trails in Southwest Minneapolis.

Comment on Park Design Concepts

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.

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), which also released initial proposed design concepts today. Follow the link below and click “Draft Designs” on the right column to view those concepts: Minnehaha Creek Master Plan Project Page

Park Design Workshops

There are three park design workshops coming up where anyone can review and discuss the park concepts with MPRB staff and designers in person.

  • Everyone is invited: please bring family, friends, neighbors and others!
  • Each workshop includes kids’ activities and refreshments.
  • Three remaining workshops give a choice of dates and locations. Each has the same format and park design concepts. You can attend more than one, but don’t need to.

Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, 6-8 pm
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, 6-8 pm
Whittier Recreation Center, 425 W 26th St.

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, 6-8 pm
Jones-Harrison Residence, Centrum Room, 3700 Cedar Lake Ave.

Rec Centers and Neighborhood Organizations

Paper copies of the park designs and comment cards are available at all 13 recreation centers in Southwest Minneapolis, as well as Parade Ice Arena. MPRB staff will present the designs at each of the 21 Southwest Minneapolis neighborhood associations in February or March.

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