Updated designs for all Minneapolis neighborhood parks east of the Mississippi River released for 45-day public comment periodPosted on 17 December, 2018
Weigh in on the latest iteration of park designs that will guide long-term development of all neighborhood park properties in Northeast/Southeast Minneapolis.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) has published updated park designs for all neighborhood park properties east of the Mississippi River after more than a year of meetings, events, conversations, feedback, design and adjustment.
There are 35 total concepts in this iteration of the plan – 23 neighborhood parks, nine park triangles (or ovals or circles) and a set of new proposed park connections for the Grand Rounds Missing Link.
The designs are open for a 45-day public comment period, which begins today, Nov. 13, 2018 and closes Dec. 28, 2018\. Use the link below to view the designs online or visit any of the eight recreation centers in the Northeast/Southeast Service Area</span> to see a paper copy.
View Park Design Concepts Online
Use the link below to comment on the design concepts online:
The park concepts linked above are also available on the East of the River Park Master Plan project page under “Park Draft Designs” on the right side of the page.
The final park design concepts will be used to build improvements funded by the 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan, which dedicates $11 million annually over 20 years (2017-2036) to revitalize Minneapolis neighborhood parks.
Spread the Word
Please help spread the word about this important opportunity to shape the future of many beloved neighborhood parks! Consider posting links to the designs on social media, submit information for your neighborhood newsletter or community calendar, tell your neighbors at community events, or any other methods you use to share information.
Project Partners and Next Steps
Perkins+Will is the landscape architect of record for the project, partnering with the MPRB to develop the East of the River Park Master Plan, developing design plans for nearly three dozen park properties and regional park connections, and providing implementation tools and strategies to support the process. The firm’s goal is to help the MPRB transform the neighborhood parks in the Northeast/Southeast region of Minneapolis through a shared vision that can only be developed by building and sustaining meaningful relationships with the communities they serve.
YOUTH DESIGN TEAM
The Youth Design Team (YDT) is an MPRB pilot program that employs high school students to participate in planning neighborhood parks in NE and SE Minneapolis. During the year-long process, these youth work with MPRB planning staff, design consultants, local artists and community members to help bring important youth perspectives and creative ideas to the process and park plans. Youth Design Team participants went through a competitive application process, are 15-19 years old, and live or attend school in Northeast or Southeast Minneapolis.
After the 45-day comment period closes, the design team will again consider comments from all stakeholders and potentially make more adjustments. Then, over the winter, the final plan will be sent to the Board of Commissioners for a final public hearing and vote on its final approval. Please continue to share your thoughts on the park plans in these final stages of public comment.