Public hearing for phase 1 improvements is scheduled for November 15

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will hold a public hearing on proposed improvements for Central Gym Park on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 6:30pm at MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road in Minneapolis.

The hearing allows interested members of the public to weigh in before the Board of Commissioners on the proposed phase 1 concept plan for the park that includes new athletic field, new basketball court and playground facilities. After the hearing is closed, commissioners will consider approval of the plans.

The new athletic field, basketball court and playground facilities are included in the phase 1 improvements planned for 2018. Also included are a central gathering space, central path, site grading, and stormwater management. Future improvements will include a skateboard park and an updated wading pool. All improvements are guided by the approved Central Gym Park Master Plan (as part of the South Service Area Master Plan).

Concept plans for the park were created based on feedback from stakeholder meetings, on-site engagement, online surveys, a youth design event and a community charrette.

If the concept plans are approved, construction bids will be awarded in early 2018, with construction during summer of 2018.

Project Funding

  • Improvements are funded through MPRB’s Capital Improvement Program and an allocation from the 20-Year Neighborhood Park Program.
  • An additional $100,000 grant from the Hennepin Youth Sports Program was awarded for the Athletic Field Improvements in 2016.

Public Hearing Details

Topic: Phase 1 Concept Plan for Central Gym Park that includes new athletic field, new basketball court and playground facilities.
Date/time: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 6:30pm
Place: MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road in Minneapolis.

More information

Visit the Central Gym Park improvements page for details.

Project contact

Kelly Wilcox, Design Project Manager              
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board                
612-230-6466                   
Kwilcox@minneapolisparks.org