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Adult Sports League Registration

Sign up for softball, flag football, outdoor soccer, indoor volleyball, kickball and tennis lessons or match play (a new offering). 
Interested in learning more? Click here.

Picnic in the Park

The event you have all been waiting for is back! Picnic in the Park is ready for you to join in on the fun. Food trucks, live music, carnival games, water wars, yard games, henna, balloon art, dunk tank, face painting, inflatables and so much fun is ready for you. Bring your neighbors, friends and family.
Music by The Big Throwdown: Funk, Soul and Rock-N-Roll will have you dancing and enjoying yourself to the fullest.
Bring your own water bottle to fill up from the water station thanks to the city of Minneapolis!
Tangletown Bikes will have a bike coral, and can check your bike if it needs a little TLC. Bike to the party!
HPDL is gladly accepting donations to help support this event and future HPDL community events. Please donate a suggested donation of $5 per family. Venmo @HPDL
There will be a variety of free and low cost activities available for everyone. Food trucks are all paid separately.
Can't wait to be with you at Picnic in the Park!

More volunteers are to help run some of the booths and activities. HPDL is looking for support for three different shifts:
8:30-9:30pm tear down and clean up!

Grab a neighbor or friend and lend a hand while listening to funk, soul and rock-n-roll by @the_big_throwdown_mn.

Please email to join in the fun AND volunteer. Thank you in advance!

Theater in the Parks

"How to Know a Whale" is loosely based on "Moby Dick." It explores perspective, a maker's approach to creative problem solving, and our relationship to ocean ecology through shadow puppets, object performance and three-dimensional cantastoria.
"Seussical" is performed by young people for young people, featuring Dr. Seuss favorites Horton, The Cat in the Hat, and The Who's.

Hot Weather Resources

As the temps rise, be familiar with the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. 

Hennepin County has an online resource to connect residents to cooling centers. That information can be found here:

Wading Pools without plumbing issues are open and their status can be found here:

Beach status and water quality information can be found here:

The parks also operate two water parks in N & NE Minneapolis:

And a natural swimming pool in Webber Park:

Help Our Young Trees!

Our region is in a moderate drought, in weeks where we have not received at least an inch of rain, please water young boulevard trees (and if you can reach them with your hose, park trees) once a week. Four five gallon buckets slowly poured over the roots or a small trickle from your hose for a hour should be adequate.  Trees absorb the most water in the evening, but if you only have time to water during other parts of the day, please do so then! If you have questions about watering please reach out to the forestry team. . .they can be reached at or 612-313-7710. 
Help direct grant funding through the People for Parks Fund at the Minneapolis Parks Foundation! Learn more about applying to join the People for Parks Fund Advisory Committee here.
Planning Projects

Master Planning for Hiawatha Golf Course Property

The Latest: The planning committee will be discussing and voting on a resolution to schedule a public hearing on the draft master plan at the board's August 17th meeting at our meeting this coming Wednesday. You can read the resolution here.

If it passes in committee, the resolution will go forward to the full board for a vote on August 3. If Resolution 2022-247 is approved at the Board meeting on August 3, a public hearing will be held at a later date, no sooner than August 17, 2022, at a Planning Committee meeting to allow additional public comment on the Master Plan. If the public hearing is directed, a resolution to consider the Master Plan would appear on the agenda the same night as the public hearing.

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


Latest:  The planning committee has approved the design for playground and wading pool improvements, this project will now go to the full board for approval. Additionally, Park planning staff is meeting with Dakota elders and Dakota community members to identify potential park names for nomination to replace Sibley as this park's name.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is working on the renovation and expansion of the playground and wading pool at Sibley Park.  Aune Fernandez Landscape Architects is the consulting firm hired to design the project. The project is currently in the design phase, and the consultant team and MPRB staff are revising the preferred concept selected by the community.
Community Engagement: Two conceptual designs were presented at two Open House events in March 2022. These designs were displayed at the rec center for comments and feedback for two weeks.  An online survey was also available for a month. The community responses received are guiding the preliminary design of the project.  The revised proposal will be shared with the community for comments in the second week of May.
Proposal: The playground will have play structures for kids of different age groups and abilities. It will feature two ziplines, which were identified by the neighborhood children as their most desired play element. The new wading pool with a zero-depth entrance will be installed adjacent to a gathering/picnic space. The overall circulation and access to the pool and playground will be improved with new walking paths and landscaping. Other site features such as benches, picnic tables and drinking fountain will be integrated with the new site amenities.
Project Constraints: The assigned budget for this project was estimated for the completion of the playground and related site improvements. Due to the high construction costs of the zero-depth wading pool and its new mechanical system, its design and construction was originally scheduled for completion in a later phase of improvements. However, spatial constraints on the construction of the playground were identified during the site analysis and the demolition and construction of the pool became necessary to plan for the first phase of improvements. We are currently revising the design and evaluating the project budget to perform the construction of both facilities in this phase.    
Timeline: Park staff anticipate having a final design by the end of May and submitting the proposal for Park Board approval in June.  Construction is planned for Spring/Summer 2023. Partial demolition and removals are likely to happen in the late Fall of 2022. Staff are coordinating the construction schedule with Sibley Rec Center and MPRB staff to minimize construction disturbances for park users.

. Park improvements and the renaming process are not tied to the same timeline, and improvements will not be delayed to align with the naming process.

Learn more about this project and subscribe to updates here:

Project Contact: Siciid Ali, 612-230-6576, or Bianca Paz, 612.230.6486,

McRae Park Capital Improvements


The Latest: The park board has approved amending the master plan which allows for preservation of mature trees on the site, and replacement of both playgrounds. The playground design has also been approved and this project will now go out for bid. Construction is dependent on the outcome of the bidding process and I will share more information as it is available. 

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) is pleased to announce a project to update the playground at McRae Park (in south Minneapolis) to meet current safety and accessibility standards.

Subscribe to gov delivery notices for this project on the project page

Project Manager: Francisca Pass at 612.499.9074 or via email at


Court Repairs and Rehabilitation

This year we're repairing basketball, tennis or other hard surface courts at 18 parks!
Curous which courts are having work done this season? This new map shows plans for repairs at 18 courts for the 2022 season:
 Updated regularly, the map shows locations where contractors for MPRB are working, as well as completed and planned work. Court repairs can vary depending on conditions, but are generally one of three types:  
  • Full-depth renovation - remove and replace the asphalt court surface, net/posts and fencing
  • Asphalt overlay - new asphalt surface, color coating and line striping
  • Surface rehabilitation - new color coating and line striping
The court repair map is updated regularly with locations where work is planned, underway and completed. Court repairs vary depending on conditions, but generally fall into three categories:
Full-Depth Renovation removes and replaces the asphalt court surface, nets/posts and fencing.
Asphalt Overlay installs a new asphalt surface, color coating and line striping.
Surface Rehabilitation includes new color coating and line striping.

The six courts at Lake Nokomis community center are going through plan review at the city, and construction is anticipated to begin in July.
Staff and elected officials at the park board, City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County have heard and continue to listen to the community’s concerns regarding Cedar Avenue and the Cedar/Edgewater/Nokomis intersection area. Using input from past community engagement and conversations, as well as data and analysis by engineering staff, we are continuing safety improvements along this corridor.

The county, MnDOT and the city replaced the temporary delineators with a permanent raised center median, permanent bumpouts, and upgraded pedestrian curb ramps at Edgewater Boulevard. These improvements were constructed this year with a MnDOT pavement preservation project (more information here:

Additionally, A “No Left Turn” sign has been put up at the intersection of Edgewater Blvd and Cedar Ave to let drivers know that there are no left turns off of Edgewater Blvd onto Cedar Ave. Many thanks to Council Member Emily Koski for her continued work with city traffic engineers to identify safety improvements for this problematic area.
We are aware of the collision that took place on Tuesday as is the team that is working on identifying additional short and long term improvements in this location.


Minnehaha Creek Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan Implementation

The latest: This project is out for bid and once a contractor is selected, a project schedule will be shared via gov delivery and this newsletter. 

Staff continue to move forward with design of improvements to the parkway intersection and regional trail that will improve the safety, experience and comfort of all trail and parkway users while preserving high quality mature trees in the area. Planning staff have also collaborated internally with the maintenance team to include lifecycle maintenance improvements to the bike trail between Portland Ave and Chicago Ave as a part of this project.  This addition will be an efficient use of public funds, improve safety and usability, and provide a safe and direct connection to an existing northbound protected bike lane along Park Avenue. The project is anticipated to be constructed over an approximate 8 week time period in 2022, with more specific dates established once bids are received. Staff  continue to add updates to the project webpage.

Proposed Improvements are as follows
• Upgrading crosswalk markings, expanding curb ramps and installing a raised crossing on the south side of the intersection where the trails cross.
• Widening the bike and pedestrian trail south of E Minnehaha Parkway between E 50th Street and Portland Avenue, and along Minnehaha Creek south of the intersection.
◦ To provide more space for boulevard tree roots and improve trail quality, the trail segment between E 50th Street and Portland Avenue will be reconstructed farther south, but will remain entirely within MPRB property.
• Reworking E Minnehaha Parkway just south of E 50th Street to create an aligned 3-way stop, which will create a safer and user friendly experience for all modes.
◦ The parking bay immediately south of the intersection will need to be removed to preserve as many healthy and mature trees as possible.
• Converting E Minnehaha Parkway frontage roads to one-way streets to calm traffic and improve safety at intersections.
• Other possible improvements include installing medians on E 50th Street and Portland Avenue to help direct traffic flow on the frontage roads. Per the Master Plan, vehicle flow will remain continuous on the main Parkway road.
View Schematic Design

If any remaining funding is available after implementation of changes in this location, prioritization of additional potential projects will be discussed with the community. 

To receive notifications about this project as it progresses, please subscribe to updates on the project page. Please feel free to contact the project manager with any questions you may have about this project.

Project Manager: Carol HejlStone 612-230-6454, 


Keewaydin Park Capital Improvements

The Latest: This project is out for bid and once a contractor is selected, a project schedule will be shared via gov delivery and this newsletter. Construction is still anticipated to take place this summer.

During our meeting on December 15, commissioners approved the Phase 1 concept plan for new play areas at Keewaydin Park. 
Based on feedback from community members, commissioners also approved retaining the park's wading pool until its structure or supporting infrastructure fails. The pool and its infrastructure will be assessed on an annual basis in consultation with MPS facilities management staff. 

The Phase 1 concept plan (pictured above and available on the Keeywaydin Park project website) includes several new play areas and other improvements, including:
  • Climbable stacked boulder hills and walls
  • Free-standing bouldering monoliths
  • Zip line
  • Separate age 2-5 and 5-12 play zones with adventure towers
  • Creative nature play area with art and performance spaces
  • Sand play area, slides, basket swing, and spinner
  • Native plantings and naturalized stormwater area
  • Picnic areas and seating

Next steps

Winter/spring 2022: Final design, construction bids
Project staff will develop a final design for the project, solicit construction bids and award a construction contract.
Summer/fall 2022: Construction 
With a successful contract, project construction is planned to begin in summer 2022, with completion in fall 2022.

Learn more about this project and subscribe to project updates on the project page. Starting with my next newsletter this project will move to the construction section.

Project contact is Colleen O'Dell, 612-230-6469,



The latest: Playground equipment ordered for this project has arrived! YAY! 
Contractors are preparing to begin construction on the new Pearl Park playground. 

Work to remove existing play equipment begins the week of July 18, so in preparation, the playground will be closed beginning Monday, July 18. 

While Pearl Park's playground is under construction, consider visiting nearby playgrounds at Lake Nokomis Park, McRae Park or Windom South Park.

Thank you for your support and patience as MPRB works to improve Minneapolis parks.

For more information and to subscribe to updates for this project, please visit the project page or reach out to the project contact: Francisca Pass at 612.499.9074 or via email at

Phelps Park Improvements


The Latest: The splash pad is open! 
Phase 2 Improvements
  • Redesign and renovation of the athletic field in the south area of the park to improve drainage, turf quality and overall play quality
  • Design and construction of a new splash pad to replace the wading pool

 The park board has entered into a fundraising agreement to upgrade the field to artificial turf with the Phelps  Activities Council which has delayed the implementation of field improvements while funding is sought to expand them. 

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. 

Pickleball Court Renovations at Nokomis Community Center

The project page for pickleball plan amendments is being repurposed for communicating with the public about this work. Construction is still anticipated to begin this summer. 

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.
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.

Utilize a systemic approach to capital improvements and planning processes to ensure that investments being made build on system wide goals and are done equitably.

Enhance natural areas management to increase their ecological function.

Support good governance through transparency and collaboration.


Commissioner Musich has a BA in English Literature from the University of Minnesota, and has worked in the banking industry for the past 19 years, six of them as a Corporate Accountant and for the past ten 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 urban  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 volunteers, hikers, cyclists, skiers, canoists, sailors and swimmers you can often find them volunteering, hiking or cruising the trails, swimming or boating throughout the system. While recuperating from outdoor adventures, the commissioner can be found immersed in a book.

Current reading selection: The Christie Affair, by Nina de Gramont.   


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

Learn about the parks Scholarship FUNd.

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

Parks on Social Media

Lake Hiawatha Park
Minnehaha Park
Morris Park
Keewaydin Park
Hiawatha Golf Course
Elmer the Elm Tree

Help Minneapolis Parks Flourish

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