Southwest Parks Plan Update: Three meetings scheduled in August, recap from previous meeting

August 13: Parade Subcommittee Meeting #1

August 14: Fields & Diamonds Subcommittee Meeting #2

August 19: Community Advisory Committee Meeting #14

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.

All of the revised concepts are linked below under “Park Concepts,” along with a link to an online survey where anyone can give feedback on the concepts until the project Community Advisory Committee (CAC) makes its final recommendation.

CAC Meeting #13 Recap

The CAC met for the 13th time on August 8. Here’s what happened:

  • Washburn Fair Oaks – the CAC voted to move the concept towards consensus with removal of the underground parking. Also include text in final draft regarding maintenance of the pond.
  • Waveland Triangle – the CAC voted to move the concept towards consensus without half-court basketball and without a multi-sport court.
  • Kenwood and Kenwood Parkway – the CAC voted to table discussion until the next CAC meeting on August 19.
  • The Mall – the CAC asked that staff compile additional research and report back at an upcoming meeting.
  • Schedule – the CAC will consider a schedule that wraps up concept review & recommendation with a final four-hour Saturday meeting in September. Final decision to be made at August 19 CAC meeting. Staff will research available dates.

Meeting Schedule

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


We will work through this list at each CAC meeting until completed.

  • Aim to discuss parks in the “Warrants Further Discussion” category in this order: Kenwood, Kenwood Parkway, Kenny, Armatage, Pershing, Linden Hills, The Parade, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lyndale Farmstead, The Mall, Mueller
  • Discuss Proposed Parks together as one group: East Calhoun Gateway Area, 31st Street Median, West Calhoun Bus Layover, Washburn Water Tower, Garfield Lot, Linden Hills Trolley Path, and three park search areas in West Calhoun, around Stevens Square, and around Windom South
  • Discuss Guiding Principles
  • Final Recommendation vote

Parade Park Subcommittee Meeting #1

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 6-8 pm
Kenwood Community Center, 2101 W Franklin Ave.

In July, the CAC voted to establish a subcommittee to further discuss the design concept for The Parade Park.

Fields and Diamonds Subcommittee Meeting #2

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 6-8 pm
Lynnhurst Recreation Center, 1345 W Minnehaha Parkway

During this meeting, CAC members who represent the areas where Armatage, Kenny, Linden Hills and Pershing are located, along with city-wide representatives, will review and discuss the fields and diamonds mix for those parks.

Summary of Fields and Diamonds Subcommittee Meeting #1

CAC Meeting #14

Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, 6-8 pm
Kenwood Community Center, 2101 W Franklin Ave.

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

Lynnhurst Focus Area – Subcommittee-Recommended Design

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.