Public comment period extended to April 21

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) published the draft Ecological System Plan for a 45-day public comment period on Feb. 14, 2019. The public comment period has been extended for three weeks, to April 21, 2019.

The draft plan will be presented to MPRB Commissioners as a discussion item at one of the Board of Commissioners meetings (March 27, April 3, April 17) during the comment period. Board agendas are published the Friday before each meeting and posted at the following link: MPRB Meeting Portal

Follow the links below to view and comment on the updated plan. It’s also available to view in person along with paper surveys at the following locations: Carl W. Kroening Interpretive Center, Kenwood Community Center, Lake Nokomis Community Center, Luxton Recreation Center, Lynnhurst Recreation Center, Mary Merrill MPRB Headquarters, North Commons Recreation Center, Northeast Recreation Center and Powderhorn Recreation Center.

Draft Ecological System Plan

Comment on the Draft Ecological System Plan

After the public comment period closes, MPRB staff will compile and analyze feedback received and potentially adjust the plan. Then the Board of Commissioners will host a public hearing before considering its approval.

Project Background

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) worked together to create the first-ever Ecological System Plan. This plan will set a vision for making parks and public lands more friendly to the environment.

The Ecological System Plan will seek to first understand the ecology of the city and watershed, then plan for parks and public land management and improvements that benefit both humans and nature.

It will address specific threats such as climate change, decreasing water quality, the explosion of invasive species, increasing runoff, and fragmentation of habitat. It will envision a more environmentally sound way of managing the impacts of the city so that the city can be cleaner, greener, cooler and more efficient.