Southwest Parks Plan Update: CAC meetings complete, draft plan will be released for public comment later this fall

Community Advisory Committee made its final recommendations on Oct. 7

Draft of full plan will be released for 45-day public comment period later this fall

The process of developing, recommending and approving design concepts that will guide future development for every Minneapolis neighborhood park south of I-394 and west of I-35W [PDF] continues to move forward. These park designs have been developed as part of the long-term plan for the area’s parks, known as the Southwest Service Area Master Plan, Southwest Parks Plan for short.

The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) held its 16th and final meeting on Oct. 7. A recap of the meeting is below.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) sincerely thanks all the CAC members, who did fantastic work fulfilling their charge over 16 meetings, plus multiple work groups and subcommittees since the initial meeting on May 22, 2018. The CAC has been disbanded while the project moves on to the next phase. Summary notes from each CAC meeting are posted on the project page under the “Get Involved” tab.

CAC Meeting #16 Recap

The CAC approved the following motions:

  • Muller Park – Approved Oct. 3 concept update B2 with alterations:
    • Include language on pergola and honoring Alan Spear
    • Include language on desired basketball dimensions
  • Kenwood Park – Approved Oct. 3 concept update with alterations:
    • Remove #12 from top of hill and keep open space and trees
    • Move #8 disc golf closer to Oliver
    • Explore possibility of adding seventh tennis court
    • Change #2 to grass
    • Recommend Cedar/Isles CAC consider sand volleyball in regional park
  • The Parade – Approved Oct. 3 concept update with alteration:
    • Maximize stormwater management
  • Field/Diamond/Ice Balance at Armatage, Kenny, Pershing, Linden Hills Parks – Approved Aug. 14 subcommittee recommended concept and confirmed all-wheel park idea removed from Pershing concept
  • Lyndale Farmstead Park – Approved July 25 concept update that does not include bike skills course
  • Smith Triangle – Previous support for May 30 concept upheld
  • Whittier Park – Approved May 30 concept with alterations:
    • Change artificial turf field to natural grass with enhanced soil profile
    • Eventually phase out the parking lot
    • Consider removing Ag-Lime infield but retain backstop
  • Washburn Fair Oaks and Clinton Field Parks – Approved May 30 concepts for both parks (Washburn / Clinton) with alterations:
    • Remove dog park and pond from Washburn Fair Oaks
    • Retain existing sledding hill and natural amphitheater space near #6 in Washburn Fair Oaks
    • Add a dog park search area for Stevens Square and Whittier neighborhood area
  • Guiding Principles
    • Support staff editing existing draft and ideas submitted to present during 45-day comment period
    • Add focus on natural grass over artificial turf
    • Remove references to specific parks
  • Final Recommendation
    • Approved the full slate of park concepts previously discussed and voted upon during the Southwest Service Area Master Plan CAC process and recommended the concepts to the Board of Commissioners.

Next Steps

Project staff will write and release a draft document with park concepts for a 45-day public comment period later this fall. A new online public survey will open at that time. Staff will compile comments and present them to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board of Commissioners for review following a public hearing this winter.