Ten days left to weigh in on initial concept plans for all Southwest Minneapolis neighborhood parks

Review and comment on initial long-term plans for dozens of SW MPLS parks by the end of the month

On Feb. 1, 2019, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) published initial concept plans for more than 40 Southwest Minneapolis neighborhood park properties. Since then, more than 500 comments have been submitted through the online survey!

If you haven’t checked out the proposed concepts online or at one of the four park design workshops held in late January-February, you still have until the end of the month to take a look and let us know what you think! Just follow the links below.

Park Design Concepts

Two park concepts were created for most properties (only one concept was created for some small assets; three for a few larger or more complex assets) in the Southwest Service Area Master Plan, called Southwest Parks Plan for short. Find the concepts for your favorite parks and let us know what you think using the links below:

Parks A-K [PDF]
Parks: Armatage, Bryant Square, Clinton Field, Dell, Fuller, Kenny, Kenwood
Triangles/Etc: 28th Street Tot Lot, Alcott, Chowen, Elmwood, Fremont, Gladstone
Parkways/Trails: Kings Highway, Kenwood Parkway

Parks L-P [PDF]
Parks: Linden Hills, Lyndale Farmstead, Lynnhurst, Mueller, Painter, Park Siding, Pershing Field
Triangles/Etc: Levin, Lyndale School Pool, Penn Model Village
Parkways/Trails: Linden Hills Boulevard, Loon Lake Trolley Path

Parks R-W [PDF]
Parks: Reserve Block 40, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Stevens Square, The Mall, The Parade, Thomas Lowry, Washburn Fair Oaks, Whittier, Windom South
Triangles/Etc: Rustic Lodge, Smith, St. Louis, Vineland, Washburn Avenue Tot Lot, Waveland, West End

New Proposed Parks and Trails [PDF]
Community members have proposed several locations for potential new parks or trails in Southwest Minneapolis.

Comment on 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.

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), which also released initial proposed design concepts today. Follow the link below and click “Draft Designs” on the right column to view those concepts: Minnehaha Creek Master Plan Project Page

Next Meeting

The next Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting is scheduled Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 6-8 pm at Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center, 3900 Bryant Ave. S.

During this meeting, CAC members will discuss the big questions that were uncovered during development of initial park concept designs and provide direction to the project team. All CAC meetings are open to the public and anyone interested in the refinement of these park concepts is encouraged to attend!

CAC Meeting #7

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center
Address: 3900 Bryant Ave. S
Topic: Discuss questions surrounding initial park concepts and give direction to design team.

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