Work Group meetings scheduled throughout August and September!

Any interested Southwest Minneapolis parks user is invited to attend discussions hosted by work groups dedicated to topics related to SW neighborhood parks. The groups were created as part of the planning process for the Southwest Service Area Master Plan (SW Parks Plan), which kicked off in May and will create a cohesive set of long-term plans for all neighborhood parks in Minneapolis south of I-394 and west of I-35W.

Work groups are facilitated by members of the SW Parks Plan Community Advisory Committee (CAC). They encourage focused conversations resulting in project suggestions brought to the full CAC. Anyone with an interest in these topics is welcome to attend or get involved in a work group. It’s a great way to have your voice heard. 

Work Groups/Upcoming Meetings

New Parks Work Group

Purpose: Discuss need for possible new park spaces in Southwest Minneapolis and consider potential geographic areas. This is the work group’s first meeting.
Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Studio 2, 818 West 46th St.

Partnerships Work Group

Purpose: Explore existing and potential partnership ideas to improve the physical space and outdoor facilities in SW neighborhood parks. This is the work group’s first meeting.
Date: Thursday, August 16, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: LynLake Brewery, 2934 Lyndale Ave. S 

Equity and Accessibility Work Group

Purpose: Explore how equity and accessibility can be incorporated into the physical design of SW neighborhood parks’ outdoor spaces. This is the work group’s first meeting.
Date: Thursday, August 23, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Bryant Square Recreation Center – Game Room, 3101 Bryant Ave. S 

Natural Areas and Recreation Balance Work Group

Purpose: Develop principles for balancing outdoor natural areas and recreation areas throughout SW neighborhood parks. This is the work group’s first meeting.
Date: Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, 2524 Nicollet Ave. S

Balanced Field Use Work Group

Purpose: Develop principles for balancing fields, diamonds and other organized and unorganized year-round uses in SW neighborhood parks open spaces. This is the work group’s first meeting.
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Harriet’s Inn, 4000 Lyndale Ave. S

Another work group has been created to focus on Kenwood and Parade Parks, but a meeting date has not yet been set.

About SW Parks Plan Work Groups

  • Formed at the suggestion of members of the SW Parks Plan Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
  • Community-led, with support from Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) staff
  • Will delve more deeply into their topics, to tackle some of the more complex portions of the overall SW Parks Plan
  • Will bring recommendations into the park design process
  • Will NOT make any final decisions