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Happening in A Park Near You

Halloween highlight: Whether it's a quick stop or an all-evening affair, head to a park or recreation center on Fright Night! Stop by to grab a treat or enjoy a bonfire; go for a "trunk or treat" experience; or stay for a full-on monster mash party with games and fun for all ages.

Saturday, October 26

“Thriller” Halloween Fun Day

Free (*ActivePass required) | All Ages
Central Gym | 1-4 pm
 *Pick up your free ActivePass at your neighborhood recreation center

Halloween: Minnehaha Falls of Fun

$5/person (children under age 1 are free), refreshments available for sale | All Ages
Minnehaha Regional Park | 1-4 pm

Thursday, October 31

Halloween Party: “Way Out West”

$5 (children under 12 months are free)  | up to Age 6
Pearl Recreation Center | 10:30 am-Noon

Trick or Treat

Free | All Ages
Keewaydin Recreation Center | 5:30-9 pm

Halloween Trick or Treat Party

Free | All Ages
Powderhorn Recreation Center | 6-8 pm


Get details on more than two dozen ghoulish goings-on in the park system:


On-call hours now in effect for AIS inspection program and public boat launches

On Tuesday, Oct.15, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board's boat launch and AIS Inspection Program moved to a fall on-call program. Boat launch hours are now 7 am-8 pm daily through Nov. 4, after which hours will be 8 am–6 pm.

A phone number will be posted at the launch for boaters to call for the required entrance and exit inspections.Wait time is generally less than 10 minutes and appointments not accepted. The on-call program will run through Dec. 1, or until ice closes the boat launches.

The boat launch chains will be closed when no Inspector is on-site. All watercraft or water-related equipment entering the water at the public boat launches on Bde Maka Ska, Lake Harriet and Lake Nokomis are required to be inspected for aquatic invasive species. Boaters not exiting the lake by the boat launch closing times will be required to secure their boat at the launch and return for it the next day

Only watercraft entering the water from the public boat launch will be inspected. Canoes, kayaks and sailboats either moored on the water or entering the lakes from other access points are not affected but boaters should still follow safety protocols for not contaminating waters. 

Superintendent's Proposed Budget

The Supeintendent has released his daft 2020 budget. After listening to the presentation summary of the budget, I am reviewing the budget and supporting documents and preparing for board discussions of potential changes to what is proposed. 

The recommended budget includes a proposed 5.7 percent property tax levy increase that includes 5.8 percent increase for the General Fund annual operating increase, and 3.9 percent increase for the Tree Preservation and Reforestation Levy to address Emerald Ash Borer infestation and tree loss due to storms. The Superintendent’s 2020 Recommended Budget proposes utilizing the maximum 5.7 percent tax levies authorized by the Board and Estimate and Taxation. Of the total property tax paid by Minneapolis homeowners, approximately seven cents of every dollar will go to the MPRB. The proposed 5.7 percent property tax increase will result in an estimated annual increase of $17 for the owner of a median-value $266,000 house.

The Superintendent’s Recommended 2020 Budget totals $126.1 million, including $89.2 million for the general operating fund, $3.2 million for the special revenue fund, $13.2 million for the enterprise operating fund and $20.5 for capital project funding.

The proposed budget and related documents are available for viewing at or by calling 612-230-6400. The public may comment on the proposed budget during the following times or by emailing commissioners directly:

  • Nov. 6, Public Comment Session – Administration and Finance Committee meeting, MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis. The Committee meeting will follow the Board’s regular meeting, which begins at 5 pm.
  • Nov. 20, Public Comment Session – Regular Board meeting, MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis, at 5 pm.
  • Dec. 4, Administration & Finance Committee Approval of 2020 Budget – MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis. Comments may be made during 5:30 pm regularly scheduled Open Time session.
  • Dec. 11, Public Hearing and Board Approval of 2020 Budget – City of Minneapolis public hearing on 2020 tax levy and 2020 Budget, City Hall, Council Chambers Room 317, 350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, at 6:05 pm.

Adaptive Programs

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is excited to announce upcoming opportunities for kids and adults with disabilities to participate in sports, activities and events across the Minneapolis park system.

Visit to check out the list of upcoming opportunities and register!


Invasive Species Bust

Let's get those invasive plants out of here!

Honeysuckle, grapevine, and buckthorn can choke out native species and destroy migratory bird habitat. The task of removing these plants is easy when we work as a team.

Meet in the southwest corner of Todd Park near the intersection between Portland Ave. and 57th St, at 10AM, event goes until Noon.

Lose Something in the Parks the Summer?

If you lost something at one of our parks over the summer, give us a call!

Our parkkeeping and AIS inspection crews recently gave all items found or turned in over the summer to our customer service team. If you lost something, call 612-230-6400 between 8 am and 4:30 pm M-F to see if it might be among the items turned in.

But don't wait too long: all items not claimed by mid-November will either be donated or thrown away.

Pearl Park Renovations!
Thanks to my employer's volunteer day program, I had the opportunity to help with the field rebuild generously funded by the Minnesota Twins and the Toro Company on October 9th at the Pearl Park ballfields. Rebuild work included resetting bases, repairing infield/outfield playing surfaces, adding sod, repairing fencing, resetting the mound on Killbrew Field and improving player benches.  Employees from both organizations along with MPRB staff  volunteered and were guided by professional head groundskeeper Larry DiVito of the MN Twins and Toro’s Certified Sports Field Manager Boyd Montgomery. I can't wait to see all the ballplayers as they put these fields to use next spring!

Planning Projects

Master Planning for Hiawatha Golf Course Property

The Latest:  No updates at this time.

The design team is working on a refined design based on the prioritizations provided by the CAC. A formal update on next steps will be sent out to project page subscribers soon.

All CAC meetings are public and anyone interested in the creation a long-term plan for the Hiawatha Golf Course Property is welcome to attend. Snacks, refreshments, and passive children's activities are provided. Please contact Cindy Anderson at 612-230-6472 or to request language, access or interpretation accommodations. 

If you have questions or comments about the project can be submitted here:

Previous Action

At the July 25, 2018 Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) of Commisioners meeting, commissioners approved a modified Resolution 2018-230 after the Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan CAC requested clarification on the parameters of the new master plan for the property.

After a lengthy public testimony period and board debate, commissioners voted 6-2 to approve the modified version of Resolution 2018-230. The modified resolution directs the CAC to only consider a reduced pumping scenario and bring forward a solution that includes, at a minimum, a flood-resilient and ecologically-driven nine-hole configuration for a golf course on the property.

The modified Resolution 2018-230 also included Board direction to the CAC to reflect in the master plan appropriate methods of recognizing the role of Hiawatha Golf Course and the history of black golfers in the Minneapolis park system.

Please visit the project page for more information and to sign up for notification of upcoming meetings.

Lake Nokomis Shoreline Enhancements

The Latest: Erosion control and shoreline grading is nearing its end. Stormwater pipe replacement being done by the City Public Works Department is underway. 

About this Project:

A Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage grant is funding restoration of almost 4,800 linear feet of shoreline along north and northeastern shore of Lake Nokomis. This area of shoreline was selected due to increased erosion that has occurred along much of this area.

This project was identified as part of the 2015 Nokomis-Hiawatha Master Plan, which calls for increasing naturalized areas to improve water quality, stabilize shorelines and increase habitat. New native vegetation will extend from the shoreline to within four feet of the walking path.

Initial work involves tree removal along the edge of the shore. Many trees in the area were not planted intentionally and are either invasive species or diseased. MPRB Forestry professionals assisted in the tree removal selection process. Balancing the shoreline canopy through selective tree removal and pruning will allow sunlight to reach new plants so they can develop and help protect the shoreline, as well as promote better growth of the remaining dominant trees.  

Following tree removal, the area will be treated with an herbicide to prepare the seedbed area along the shoreline for the new upland buffer vegetation. Herbicide application will follow safe industry guidelines and follow Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board policy by using non-glyphosate based products.

Shoreline grading is underway. Two City of Minneapolis storm water outfalls are being repaired as part of this work. New native vegetation is expected to be planted by late September, with final restoration complete in the fall.

Shoreline enhancements will improve habitat for both aquatic and upland animal species. It will stabilize erosion, seek to remove invasive plants, and create a functional continuum of shoreline zones. Plantings will accommodate fluctuations in water level, allowing for resilience to changing water level conditions in the lake. Improvements will be constructed primarily along the north shoreline of the lake. 

This project has received regulatory approval. The United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) and the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) have completed review of the Lake Nokomis Shoreline Enhancements project. SHPO concluded the proposed improvements have no adverse effects to the Grand Rounds Historic District and USACE permitted the project for proposed bank stabilization measures.

Project Design

The proposed design uses three different planting zones along the shoreline. 

The Emergent Wetland Zone starts at the ordinary high-water level (OHWL) and extends into the lake. Once established, new aquatic plants will reduce wave energy to help reduce erosion. A temporary fence will be installed to help plants establish. 

The Shoreline Buffer Zone lies between the OHWL and wetland boundary. It will be planted with a seed mix that's compatible with shoreline environmental elements.

The Upland Buffer Zone starts at the wetland boundary and extends away from the lake until four feet from the paved trail. It will be planted with a seed mix that's compatible with upland environmental elements. The four-foot strip will be mowed grass. Another temporary fence will also protect new planting areas and connect to the emergent wetland fence.

A variety of access points will still remain so park user can still access the lake.

Questions about this project can be sent to the project manager, Jon Duesman

Subscribe to the project page to receive updates.

Minnehaha Creek Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan

The Latest: Planning staff hopes to restart the CAC and community conversation in November.  It is likely that there will be some combination of a CAC meeting and a general public open house in rapid succession to each other.  Raw traffic data has been collected and the project team is working to translate that data into take-aways that apply to the project. Raw data will be added to the project page when it is presented at the next meeting. 

About this Project:

The Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan Community Advisory Committee (CAC) held its eighth meeting on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) staff and the CAC recommended several next steps for the project based on extensive community feedback on the preferred concepts.

Most notably, the project conversation about the parkway road will pause while more traffic data is collected. Here are the five next steps endorsed by the CAC:

  1. Eliminate the proposal to add medians at the parkway intersections with Lyndale Avenue and Nicollet Avenue, which will allow for largely continuous vehicular travel along Minnehaha Creek
  2. Continue to evaluate designs for the Parkway + Portland and Lynnhurst Focus Areas in terms of pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle safety and comfort
  3. Work to implement immediate improvements at the Parkway + Portland Focus Area to the extent possible
  4. Initiate additional traffic data collection and explore piloting solutions at the Parkway + Portland and Lynnhurst Focus Areas
  5. Pause the master plan process to allow time for additional exploration, then reconvene the CAC in September/October
This means there will be no additional CAC meetings scheduled in the immediate future. The MPRB will work with its consulting staff and agency partners to prepare further study this summer. In any case, however, the proposed Nicollet and Lyndale medians are considered off the table. All other project ideas will continue to be discussed.

Discussion of Segments 1, 2 and 3 of the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan, including several revised concepts based on community and CAC feedback, was on the agenda for CAC Meeting #8 on July 9. Those discussions did not take place. MPRB staff will consider reconvening the CAC during the summer to discuss those areas. (The CAC previously reached consensus for Segment 4). The revised concepts (including those for the parkway road) will be uploaded to the project website soon.
The online survey will remain open for the public to provide ongoing feedback on the preferred concepts and new revisions. Please especially let us know what you think of the modifications to Segments 1 and 2 and the Nicollet Hollow Focus Area. If you have already taken the online survey, you may do so again, even from the same computer.
Once more detail is known, MPRB staff will communicate with the community about the ongoing project studies this summer, immediate improvements and possible pilot projects.

About this Project:
Master Planning is underway for this regional trail. The trail encompasses parkland along both sides Minnehaha Creek between Minnehaha Regional Park and the western city limit.

Over the winter, the project design team reviewed all feedback received from public meetings, events, and online comments, and created draft concept drawings showing potential improvements along the trail. A published version of the Community Engagement Summary can be found on the project page under "Key Documents."

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) has published initial proposed long-term plans for improving and managing Minnehaha Creek and the parkway, parkland and trails adjacent to it between Minnehaha Regional Park and the western Minneapolis border. These initial park design concepts were created after considering thoughts, ideas and opinions compiled throughout last summer and fall from public events, online surveys that garnered hundreds of comments, and discussions with partner organizations, MPRB staff and stakeholders.

Park Design Concepts

The Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan is sorted into four Segments and eight Focus Areas within the segments. One or two preliminary site concepts have been developed for each Focus Area. Each concept contains ideas relating to:

  • Trail and parkway realignment
  • Stormwater infrastructure and potential creek re-meanders
  • Natural resource management areas
  • Creek access points
  • Recreational amenities
  • Precedent (example) images to demonstrate ideas
Subscribe to the project page to receive updates.

Parks for All: Comprehensive Planning

The Latest: Apply to be a community collaborator! The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the Minneapolis Parks Foundation seek community collaborator services from businesses, institutions, nonprofits, and cultural organizations to envision and execute engagement projects of their own planning, designed to broaden the way community engages with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Comprehensive Plan. The Community Collaborator initiative is a paid opportunity for groups across Minneapolis to convene their own conversations about parks and recreation to inform the next 10-years of priorities for the park and recreation system. Proposals will be competitive, and those that are selected will receive funding to implement their idea. Funding will vary from $500-$3000 according to the project idea and proposed budget. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis with three rounds of submission and review in December 2019.

About this project:
The current comprehensive plan covered the period of 2007-2020, this plan will provide priorities and policy direction for the park system for the next decade. This press release provides an overview of the value this planning effort provides. There are a number of ways to engage with this project: 


Minnehaha Creek FEMA Repairs

Crews are repairing 10 sites on Minnehaha Creek in Minneapolis where sections of streambank and trails were eroded by high water in 2014. Seven of the sites are located downstream of Minnehaha Falls. The other three sites are east and west of I-35W.

FEMA granted an extension of the work through January 2020 as the remainder of restoration work at three sites below Minnehaha Falls is on hold due to high water flows in Minnehaha Creek. The few weeks of remaining work will resume after flows decrease enough to allow work to occur.

.This project is happening in conjunction with the MPRB's Minnehaha Parkway Trail master planning process. Please visit the project page for more information. 

Minnehaha Park Area Regional Sewer Improvements Project

Construction is expected to begin in September 2019 and be completed in summer 2021. A robust temporary conveyance system will be in place during construction to direct wastewater around the work site. Some impacts to park users and residents may include: lights, noise, nuisance odor release, tree removals, construction vehicle traffic and equipment parking, lane shifts and temporary Hiawatha Avenue intersection closures, parking restrictions on Minnehaha Parkway, and a bike trail closure.

Hiawatha Bicycle Trail Closure

A section of Hiawatha Bicycle Trail between the Minnehaha Creek Trail and Minnehaha Parkway will be closed throughout construction to accommodate temporary wastewater conveyance piping. Bicycle traffic will be detoured to Minnehaha Creek Trail, 34th Avenue and Minnehaha Parkway. Protected bike lanes with temporary bollards will be created on sections of 34th Avenue crossing Minnehaha Creek and along east- and westbound Minnehaha Parkway.

Project Page:

28th Avenue S Bridge Replacement

Construction began July 15, 2019, and will be completed and open to traffic in late November/Early December of 2019. Wet conditions have delayed this project.

As called for in the Nokomis-Hiawatha Master Plan, this project not only rebuilds the bridge over Minnehaha Creek, but also connects bicycle and pedestrian trails under the 28th Avenue bridge along Minnehaha Creek to allow for a safer crossing of 28th Avenue S.


20 Year Neighborhood Park Plan (NPP20)

In 2016, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the City of Minneapolis approved ordinances to reverse years of underfunding in neighborhood parks. The 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan (NPP20) is a long-term initiative that will transform the neighborhood park system with the following measures:

  • Protect current levels of MPRB funding.
  • Dedicate an additional $11 million annually, through 2036, in NPP20 funds for increased maintenance, rehabilitation and capital investments in neighborhood parks.
  • Allocate NPP20 funds using a data-driven, criteria-based system to help address racial and economic equity.

Phelps Park Improvements

Although construction on a range of improvements at Phelps Park was originally planned to begin in June, the project is currently on hold.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) had opted to postpone the construction bidding process for this project and several others until late summer. Under this schedule, construction was planned to begin in the fall, with completion of the project next summer. Bids were not favorable to begin work this fall. The project will be rebid this winter with construction beginning in spring of 2020. 

As a result, Phelps Park will remain open for the fall and winter. Watch for future announcements as the project proceeds. 

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will be replacing the playground and wading pool at Phelps Park in 2018/2019! Thank you to all who have participated in the Community input process by sharing your thoughts and opinions on the future of Phelps Park. The schematic drawings reflect the comments and preferences shared by park users and neighbors including the Boys and Girls Club, neighboring childcare centers, neighborhood residents and community organizers.

Final Schematic Design Concept [PDF]

Questions about this project should be directed to the project manager : Jon Duesman,

Subscribe to the project page to receive updates. 

Commissioner Musich represents the fifth park district in the South East corner of Minneapolis.

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Broaden access to youth sports and environmental education.

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Commissioner Musich has a BA in English Literature from the University of Minnesota, and has worked in the banking industry for the past 17 years, six of them as a Corporate Accountant and for the past eight years in various capacities on an IT team.  Along with several other neighborhood residents, she started the Friends of Lake Nokomis, a non-profit stewardship and advocacy group that partners with local government agencies and other non-profits to protect, preserve and improve Lake Nokomis and its surrounding park.  She has also served the community as a University of Minnesota Master Gardener with Hennepin County.   

Special Interests 

The commissioner, along with her husband and son have converted the lawns of their urban lot just south of Lake Nokomis into a small farm with honeybees in a second story apiary, plum trees, a cider apple tree, lingonberry and blueberry bushes, grape vines, a vegetable plot and herb gardens.  To bring more pollinators to their gardens, established perennial beds have been slowly converted to house native plants, and turf has been over seeded with yarrow, marjoram, tickweed, ground plum, creeping thyme, calico aster and clover and a green roof prairie was incorporated into the rebuilding of their garage. Learn about Bee Lawns and Green Roofs

Avid cyclists, skiers, canoists, sailors and swimmers you can often find them cruising the trails, swimming or boating throughout the system. The commissioner's son participates in the MPRB's and MPS youth sports leagues bringing the family to park courses and athletic fields throughout the city for games. While recuperating from outdoor adventures, the commissioner can be found immersed in a book.

Current reading selection: Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan. A gripping tale of social change and independence of women during WWII. 


Discover Your Next Park Adventure!

Recreation Fee Assistance

Minneapolis residents who cannot afford instructional fees because of economic need may apply for fee assistance through the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Fee Assistance Program.
Questions? Contact your local recreation center (Recreation Center List) or the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board information line at 612-230-6400 or

Each year, through generous donations from corporate sponsors and local musicians, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board puts on concerts and shows films throughout the summer season. I add all of the events occurring in or very near the 5th district to my Facebook events to make it easier for you to find something fun, and free to do that's close to home. So pack a picnic, pump up the tires on your bike and head to a park near you for some free and fun entertainment this summer!
Family Nature Club

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Minnehaha Park
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Keewaydin Park
Hiawatha Golf Course
Elmer the Elm Tree

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