Southwest Parks Plan Update: Discussion of park concepts continues at meeting Monday, June 10

Last night half of the park concepts in the Southwest Parks Plan were discussed and categorized

Remaining half of park concepts will be categorized on Monday, June 10, 6-8 pm at Bryant Square Recreation Center

Last week the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) published revised concepts for the Southwest Service Area Master Plan, called the Southwest Parks Plan for short. This master plan will create a cohesive set of new, long-term plans for all Minneapolis neighborhood park properties south of I-394 and west of I-35W – more than 40 properties in total.

These single revised concepts were created and honed through more than a year of community engagement, which included attending more than 100 park and neighborhood events and collecting and analyzing thousands of comments on previous iterations of park designs.

On June 6 the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) held the first of several meetings to review, discuss and recommend a single revised concept for each park in the SW Parks Plan. The CAC completed an initial categorization for half of the parks and sorted them into three groups:

Warrants Further Discussion

Kenny – ice, turf, area balance
Lyndale Farmstead – mountain bike trails, community garden
Mueller – basketball
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – court location
Washburn Fair Oaks – underground parking

Has Consensus Toward Recommendation Following Area Balance Discussion

Bryant Square

Has Consensus Towards Recommendation

28th Street Tot Lot
Clinton Field
Elmwood Triangle
Gladstone Triangle
Kings Highway – with addition of path striping
Loon Lake Trolley Path
Lyndale School Pool
Rustic Lodge
Stevens Square – with addition of drinking fountain
Windom South – with addition of multi-use court south of half-court basketball

Coming Up Next

Categorizing the remaining park concepts listed below will continue at CAC Meeting #9 on Monday, June 10, 6-8 pm at Bryant Square Recreation Center, 3101 Bryant Ave. S. If time permits, we will also begin more detailed discussions of concepts in the “Warrants More Discussion” group.

Remaining Park Concepts

Alcott Triangle
Chowen Triangle
Fremont Triangle
Kenwood Parkway
Levin Triangle
Linden Hills
Linden Hills Boulevard
Park Siding
Penn Model Village Triangle
Pershing Field
Reserve Block 40
St. Louis Triangle
Smith Triangle
The Mall
The Parade
Thomas Lowry
Vineland Triangle
Washburn Avenue Tot Lot
Waveland Triangle
West End Triangle

Meeting Schedule

The public is welcome to attend these upcoming meetings, which include a light dinner and self-directed children’s activities.

CAC Meeting #9

Monday, June 10, 2019, 6-8 pm
Bryant Square Recreation Center, 3101 Bryant Ave. S

Lynnhurst Subcommittee Meeting #1

Monday, June 17, 2019, 6-7:30 pm
Lynnhurst Recreation Center, 1345 W Minnehaha Parkway
We will review and discuss Lynnhurst Park, which is affected by both the Southwest Minneapolis Parks Plan and Minnehaha Creek Master Plan.

Lynnhurst Subcommittee Meeting #2

Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 5-6 pm
Fuller Recreation Center, 4802 Grand Ave. S
We will review of revised designs for the Lynnhurst Area, with possible recommendation moving forward that applies to both the Southwest Minneapolis Parks Plan and Minnehaha Creek Master Plan.

CAC Meeting #10

Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 6-8 pm
Fuller Recreation Center, 4802 Grand Ave. S

CAC Meeting #11 *if needed

Thursday, July 11 2019, 6-8 pm
Lynnhurst Recreation Center, 1345 W Minnehaha Parkway

CAC Meeting #12 *if needed

Thursday, July 25, 2019, 6-8 pm
Pershing Recreation Center, 3523 W 48th St.

Park Concepts

Find the revised concepts for your favorite parks and let us know what you think using the links below:

Central Parks Group [PDF]

Parks: Bryant Square, Loon Lake Trolley Path, Lyndale Farmstead, Lyndale School Pool, Painter, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Parkways: Kings Highway

Northeastern Parks Group [PDF]

Parks: 28th Street Tot Lot, Clinton Field, Mueller, Stevens Square, Washburn Fair Oaks, Whittier

Northern Parks Group [PDF]

Parks: Fremont Triangle, Kenwood, Levin Triangle, Smith Triangle, The Mall, The Parade, Thomas Lowry, Vineland Triangle
Parkways: Kenwood

Southeastern Parks Group [PDF]

Parks: Elmwood Triangle, Fuller, Gladstone Triangle, Kenny, Rustic Lodge Triangle, Windom South

Southwestern Parks Group [PDF]

Parks: Armatage, Lynnhurst, Penn Model Village Triangle, Pershing Field, Washburn Avenue Tot Lot

Western Parks Group [PDF]

Parks: Alcott Triangle, Chowen Triangle, Dell, Linden Hills, Park Siding, Reserve Block 40, St. Louis Triangle, Waveland Triangle, West End Triangle
Parkways: Linden Hills Boulevard

Potential Parks and Trails [PDF]

Community members have proposed several locations for potential new parks or trails in Southwest Minneapolis.

Comment on Revised 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.

Minnehaha Creek Master Plan

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). The Minnehaha Creek Master Plan is planning parkland surrounding the creek between Minnehaha Regional Park and the western city boundary.

Last week the MPRB also published preferred concepts for the Minnehaha Creek Master Plan. Follow the link below for more information on that project.

Minnehaha Creek Master Plan Project Page