Southwest Parks Plan Update: Release of draft document planned for February

Draft of full plan anticipated to open for 45-day public comment period in February, pending Board vote

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) continues to work on finalizing design concepts that will guide the future of every Minneapolis neighborhood park south of I-394 and west of I-35W [PDF]. These park designs are part of a long-term plan for the area’s parks, known as the Southwest Service Area Master Plan, or Southwest Parks Plan for short.

The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) phase of the project was completed in October. Since then, MPRB staff have been compiling and writing the draft master plan document based on final CAC recommendations. The draft master plan document is scheduled to be released for a 45-day public comment period in February. The document will contain:

  • Proposed park concepts for more than 40 park properties in Southwest Minneapolis
  • Area-wide recommendations
  • Cost and operations estimates
  • A compilation of the comprehensive research and planning work done to date on the project

After the comment period closes, MPRB staff will compile and categorize comments received and present the plan to MPRB Commissioners, followed by a public hearing where anyone can speak about any aspect of the plan in front of the Commissioners. Additional announcements and confirmation of the dates for public comment on the draft document will be posted in January. In the meantime, feel free to review the work completed on this project so far by reading the past meeting summaries on the “Get Involved” tab at the bottom of the Southwest Parks Plan project page.