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Southwest Parks Plan and Minnehaha Creek Master Plan Meetings

Next Community Advisory Committee meeting scheduled Tuesday, June 25, 6-8 pm at Fuller Recreation Center

On agenda: Discuss potential new parks, overall area balance, and "Warrants Further Discussion" concepts 

The Southwest Service Area Master Plan (called the Southwest Parks Plan for short) will create a cohesive set of new, long-term plans for all Minneapolis neighborhood park properties south of I-394 and west of I-35W. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the project Community Advisory Committee (CAC) made a lot of progress over the last few weeks:  May 30: Revised concepts published online

June 6: CAC Meeting #8, half of the park concepts are discussed and categorized

June 10: CAC Meeting #9, remaining half of park concepts are discussed and categorized 


Now all existing park properties are categorized into three groups: Warrants Further Discussion, Has Consensus Toward Recommendation, and Has Consensus Toward Recommendation Following Area Balance Discussion. Work continues at Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Meeting #10 on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 6-8 pm at Fuller Recreation Center, 4802 Grand Ave. S.  At CAC Meeting #10, we will discuss several potential new parks, overall area balance, and concepts in the “Warrants Further Discussion” category as time permits. Two additional meeting dates are currently scheduled if we need to continue the discussion. The public is welcome to attend CAC meetings, which include a light dinner and self-directed children’s activities. Please note Lynnhurst Subcommittee Meeting #2 is also scheduled Tuesday, June 25 at Fuller Recreation Center, taking place 5-6 pm, right before CAC Meeting #10. At that meeting, we will review revised designs for the Lynnhurst Area, with possible recommendation moving forward that applies to both the Southwest Parks Plan and Minnehaha Creek Master Plan. The park concept categories, full meeting schedule, and revised park concepts are all posted below. Park Concept Categories

Warrants Further Discussion Armatage – ice, bike park, area balance Kenny – ice, artificial turf, area balance Kenwood – sand volleyball, basketball, trail connection Kenwood Parkway – trail connection Linden Hills – ice, pickleball, area balance Lyndale Farmstead – mountain bike trails, community garden Lynnhurst – coordination with Minnehaha Creek CAC, rec center location, bike park, gym, area balance Mueller – basketball Pershing – all-wheel park, pickleball, artificial turf, area balance Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – courts location The Mall – driving/parking, fields/courts The Parade Washburn Fair Oaks – parking lot Waveland Triangle - basketball

Has Consensus Toward Recommendation Following Area Balance Discussion Bryant Square Painter

Has Consensus Towards Recommendation 28th Street Tot Lot Alcott Triangle Chowen Triangle Clinton Field Dell – add crosswalks Elmwood Triangle Fremont Triangle – do not replace trees once gone Fuller Gladstone Triangle Kings Highway – with addition of path striping Levin Triangle Linden Hills Boulevard Loon Lake Trolley Path Lyndale School Pool Park Siding – with addition of berm Penn Model Village Triangle Reserve Block 40 – switch nature play to traditional, remove meditation garden Rustic Lodge Triangle St. Louis Triangle Smith Triangle – rethink area behind statue for safety Stevens Square – with addition of drinking fountain Thomas Lowry – remove new path, plantings, climbing Vineland Triangle Washburn Avenue Tot Lot West End Triangle Whittier Windom South – with addition of multi-use court south of half-court basketball

Meeting Schedule The public is welcome to attend these upcoming meetings, which include a light dinner and self-directed children’s activities. Lynnhurst Subcommittee Meeting #2 Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 5-6 pm

Fuller Recreation Center, 4802 Grand Ave. S CAC Meeting #10

Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 6-8 pm Fuller Recreation Center, 4802 Grand Ave. S

CAC Meeting #11 *if needed Thursday, July 11, 2019, 6-8 pm Lynnhurst Recreation Center, 1345 W Minnehaha Parkway

CAC Meeting #12 *if needed Thursday, July 25, 2019, 6-8 pm Pershing Recreation Center, 3523 W 48th St.

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 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.

Minnehaha Creek Master Plan

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). The Minnehaha Creek Master Plan is planning parkland surrounding the creek between Minnehaha Regional Park and the western city boundary. Earlier this summer the MPRB also published preferred concepts for the Minnehaha Creek Master Plan. Follow the link below for more information on that project. Minnehaha Creek Master Plan Project Page

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About the Southwest Service Area Master Plan The Southwest Service Area Master Plan (SW Parks Plan) will create new, long-term plans for all Minneapolis neighborhood parks south of I-394 and west of I35W. The SW Parks Plan will consider how parks are operated, maintained, and improved. It will include plans for all exterior facilities - athletic fields, playgrounds, trails, etc. - but not buildings or recreation centers.

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