Happening in A Park Near You
Invasive Species Removal at Diamond Lake
Let's get those invasive plants out of here!
This event takes place Saturday Nov. 3rd (TOMORROW!) from 10am to Noon.
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. We will meet at 10:00 a.m. in the Pearl Park parking lot. Tools, training, and refreshments will be provided. Bring work gloves and wear work boots or sturdy shoes.
Nokomis Craft and Art Fair
Join us Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9 am to 4 pm for the Nokomis Fall Urban Craft and Art Fair. Held at the Lake Nokomis Community Center (2401 E. Minnehaha Pkwy), it's a great place to kick off your holiday shopping while supporting local crafters and artists. Free admission and kids activities and crafts, too!
Superintendent's Proposed 2019 Budget
The Superintendent's recommended budget was recently provided to commissioners for review. I supported an increase to the park board's tax levy to maintain current service levels, which unfortunately, this initial draft of the budget does not do.
I have a lot of questions about proposed cuts to front line staff, the addition of a full time lobbyist to the Superintendent's support staff and reductions to public access to Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and tree planting and stump removals throughout the city- among other topics. If you have questions about the proposed budget, please let me know and I'll do my best to answer them or track answers down for you.
News Release issued by the Superintendent's Office.
The proposed budget and related documents are available for viewing at www.minneapolisparks.org/budget or by calling 612‐230‐6400. The public may comment on the proposed budget to the board of commissioners during the following times:
Nov. 7, 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. 14, Public Comment Session – Committee of the Whole Board meeting, MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis, at 5 pm.
November 28, Administration & Finance Committee Approval of 2019 Budget ‐ MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis. Comments may be made during 5:30 pm regularly scheduled Open Time session.
Dec. 5, Public Hearing and Board Approval of 2018 Budget – City of Minneapolis public hearing on 2019 tax levy and 2019 Budget, City Hall, Council Chambers Room 317, 350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, at 6:05pm.
Focus Sessions for Hiawatha Master Plan
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is hosting five focus sessions to provide a venue for hearing stories, thoughts, ideas and concerns specific to themes impacting the Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan.
These sessions will help the design team and the project’s Community Advisory Committee answer questions and shape the future of the property during the master planning process. All meetings are open to the public! Attend any that fit your experience or interest.
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, 7-8 pm, Lake Nokomis Community Center, 2401 E Minnehaha Pkwy
This is a meeting for neighbors who live within a few blocks of the golf course. Share your memories of living near the park! Tell us what you like and your concerns about living near the site: https://www.facebook.com/events/184950922433272/
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, 6-7 pm, Lake Nokomis Community Center, 2401 E Minnehaha Pkwy
Let’s talk about the environment! All environmental concerns are on the table — water quality, trash, climate, etc. We want to know your feelings and concerns regarding the ecological impact of the site so we can address them during the master planning process: https://www.facebook.com/events/1192223894262136/
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, 6-7 pm, Hiawatha Golf Course Clubhouse, 4553 Longfellow Ave.
Talk about to us about anything golf related. How has it affected your life? What are your favorite things about the sport or golf courses? What are your least favorite things? How does the sport help Minneapolis youth?
African American History at Minneapolis Golf Courses
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, 7-8 pm, Hiawatha Golf Course Clubhouse, 4553 Longfellow Ave.
Listen to Harry Davis Jr. speak about African American history at MPRB golf courses and share your own stories too!
Indigenous Peoples’ History on the Site
The MPRB is working with the American Indian community to create a meaningful listening and learning session for this theme.
Apply to Serve!
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is forming a technical and community advisory committee to help guide the ongoing work of transitioning away from the use of pesticides to manage the 6,400 acres of park land within the system.
Applications are due by Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Click the link below to view the application:
You may also download, complete and send the form linked below:
Email completed forms to email@example.com or mail to:
Community Outreach Department, Department Manager
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
2117 West River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55411
A total of eight meetings December 2018-March 2019. Meetings will be two hours long with potential limited additional work outside of meeting hours. Meetings will be held at MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road.
The committee will contain nine community members nominated by the Board of Commissioners (one by each commissioner) and six technical experts nominated by the Assistant Superintendent of Environmental Stewardship. All nominated committee members must be confirmed by the Board of Commissioners.
Nov. 8, 2018 – Application period closes
Nov. 28, 2018 – Nominations presented to the Board of Commissioners for approval
Dec. 12, 2018 – First Committee Meeting
December 2018 – Second Committee Meeting
January 2019 – Third/Fourth Committee Meetings
February 2019 – Fifth/Sixth Committee Meetings
March 2019 – Seventh/Eighth Committee Meetings
April 3, 2019 – Committee Report to the Board of Commissioners
Community Engagement Policy
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is updating its Community Engagement Policy. The policy guides MPRB’s community engagement processes and practices, and your input will help shape an updated policy.
About this project:
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Community Engagement Policy outlines how community stakeholders participate in planning all MPRB park facility construction and redevelopment projects. This project will evaluate the current policy and redraft it based on public feedback.
MPRB staff spent months reflecting on experiences, having conversations with park users, researching best practices around the nation, and learning from local and national thought leaders and community stakeholders to develop a draft update to the MPRB Community Engagement Policy.
The policy guides MPRB’s community engagement processes and practices, and public input will continue to shape how the MPRB uses feedback from the public to influence park projects, programming and care. Click the link below to view the current policy and a draft of the new policy:
Current MPRB Community Engagement Policy
After reviewing the draft, please take a few minutes to fill out the online survey linked below. Survey responses will be accepted until Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018.
Share the survey using the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mprbcepolicy
Please also keep an eye out for an interactive exhibit in MPRB recreation centers this fall.
To subscribe to updates on this effort, please visit the project page.
Master Planning for Hiawatha Golf Course Property
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is in the process of orchestrating a master planning process to explore methods of balancing water management and use of the Hiawatha Golf Course property. The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) process is one of the best paths to a robust conversation supporting the master planning process. During the master planning process, the CAC will meet frequently, even as MPRB staff and consultants reach out to others interested in the future of the golf course property through other formal and informal input opportunities.
The MPRB has updated its website with a page that will be directed solely to this project. The site is being populated with a calendar of meetings and events, master planning progress updates, and presentations made during CAC and other meetings—in addition to the core materials gathered through the past few years of study. There are links to work being conducted by other agencies that might inform the work of master planning the golf course property, and a link that allows interested stakeholders to be notified about the project.
CAC meetings are open to the public, and formal meeting notices will be sent out by email. The final 15 minutes of each meeting are dedicated to providing the public an opportunity to address the CAC and members of the public in attendance. The next CAC meeting is being scheduled and notice will go out via gov delivery when the details are available.
The fourth Community Advisory Committee meeting for the Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan is scheduled for December 4th, location TBD.
All CAC meetings are public and anyone interested in the creation of a long-term plan for the Hiawatha Golf Course Property is welcome to attend.
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 first public meeting was held Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at Nokomis Community Center. At that meeting, interested community members reviewed current site conditions and gave feedback on potential changes along Lake Nokomis’s northern and eastern shoreline.
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.
The second public meeting was held Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 at Pearl Recreation Center. This meeting provided a recap on site analysis and potential stabilization measures and provided attendees with an opportunity to discuss options and opportunities for how shoreline improvements may eventually look.
Work on the development of the construction drawings is nearing completion. The consultant teams 85% review set of drawings was recently sent over to the U.S Army Corps of Engineers. Because Lake Nokomis is a contributing property to the Grand Rounds Historic District the project is required to go through a Section 106 permit process. The proposed project also has a direct effect on the character of the shoreline, creating a natural edge instead of a hard edge like with the old WPA retaining wall, even though this project is proposed for areas where the historic integrity of the wall never existed or was lost due to collapse. When the Corps of Engineers finishes their review they will send the plans on to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Given the nature of the project, it is our belief the proposed design will meet the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation, and has no adverse effect on historic properties.
We expect the review by the U.S. Army Corps and SHPO to wrap up late this year. When that happens the design drawings will be completed. We expect to publicly bid this project in early 2019.
The proposed design uses three different planting zones along the shoreline. The emergent wetland zone starts at the ordinary high-water level (OHWL). This zone extends just into the lake, below the OHWL. Once established, the vegetation reduces the wave energy as it comes ashore. At the edges of the emergent zone in the lake will be a wave break/fish exclusion fence. This fence is temporary and allows the emergent planting to become established. Between the OHWL and the delineated wetland boundary is the shoreline buffer zone. The upland buffer zone starts at the delineated wetland boundary and extends 4 feet from the paved trail. This 4-foot strip will be mown grass. A different seed mix is used in each zone and is compatible with the environmental elements of the zone. An upland buffer fence encircles the new planting areas and connects to the wave break fence at the OHWL. Like the wave break fence, the upland buffer fence is temporary and will help the plants become established. A variety of access points will still remain so people can access the lake.
Questions about this project can be sent to the project manager, Jon Duesman.
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Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan
A Master Plan is needed to map management strategies befitting a river-adjacent, ecologically rich regional park with the potential to see two very different river futures based on the future of the lock and dam structures nearby on the Mississippi River.
The gorge encompasses parkland flanking both the east and west banks of the Mississippi River between Bridge No. 9 and north edge of Minnehaha Regional Park.
The draft framework concepts and diagrams were shared with the CAC at their last meeting and are available on the project page for review and comment. Feedback can be submitted via survey.
CAC Meeting #7 will be held Monday November 5th, 2018 fro 5:30-7:30pm at MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road.
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Minnehaha Creek Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan
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 will review all feedback received from public meetings, events, and online comments, and create draft concept drawings showing potential improvements along the trail.
The concept drawings will be published for public review and discussion in early 2019, then those concepts will be refined after park users have a chance to weigh in on the initial designs.
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Phelps Park Improvements
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.The board of commissioners approved the design plan and construction will begin in Spring of 2019.
Final Schematic Design Concept [PDF]
Questions about this project should be directed to the project manager : Kelly Wilcox, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The MPRB is conducting a system-wide needs assessment for our recreation centers and their programs called RecQuest. As you've no doubt noticed, many of our recreation centers are in need of updating. This project is helping the MPRB discover the gaps between our current facilities and offerings as well as the recreation and programming needs of the community to ensure that investments are made responsibly. It also helps ensure that both rec centers and their programming keep pace with the changing demographics and recreation trends of Minneapolis residents. This assessment project gives you a chance to tell us what features and activities you want to see in your recreation centers.
Two important pieces to the project's success will be inclusive community engagement and a racial equity impact assessment, or looking at how racial and ethnic groups may be affected by any proposed decisions. The MPRB Community Outreach department is helping lead both of these essential efforts.
There is no preset agenda or outcome for this assessment, all recommendations will be determined only after the completion of a multi-faceted facilities assessment and in-depth community engagement process. This project will set the stage for the next 25-30 years of investment in recreation centers, most of which are 40-50 years old.
The community advisory committee will be making recommendations to the board during the month of July.
Keep abreast of this effort via RecQuest project page
Ecological System Plan
Planning is underway for the Ecological System Plan for the Minneapolis Park system. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) are preparing this plan together. This plan will set a vision for making parks and public lands more friendly to the environment.
Specifically, the ecological system plan will:
- Compile, create, and illustrate city-wide ecological data
- Craft a vision for natural resources and public lands within the watershed and city
- Outline guiding principles for management
- Challenge the community to rethink the city around them – from the local neighborhood park to the Grand Rounds to backyards – in terms of ecological function, benefit, and health.
Draft Goals and Strategies have been developed to frame how MPRB can address environmental impacts and concerns in Minneapolis parks. Your input is welcome! Read through the Goals and Strategies
and then complete a survey
to share your response.
Bossen Field Park
A sweeping overhaul of Bossen Field Park began in 2016. Last fall, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and Bossen Field Park users celebrated a number a new and upgraded park amenities:
- Six new softball fields realigned in a safer layout
- New playground
- New full-size basketball court
- New pathways and parking
- Two new open play fields
Park Building Upgrades
The park improvements will continue this fall when the existing park building is renovated thanks to rehabilitation funds allocated through the 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan (NPP20). Building improvements include:
- Repairs to the damaged building exterior
- Bathroom upgrades
- New single-use ADA-compliant bathroom
- Building lighting upgrades
- New door security hardware
The water line to the building, which supplies water for the wading pool and bathrooms, is also scheduled to be replaced. The deteriorating condition of the pipe requires full replacement, despite multiple repairs in recent years.
The MPRB appreciates the public’s patience while the second phase of this project is completed. Work on the building is expected to begin in August and wrap up this fall. We ask that you please stay away from areas under construction.
The project page provides an opportunity to sign up for updates and to be notified of news related to the project.
Sibley Park Public Works Lift Station Construction
The City of Minneapolis Public Works department is doing repairs on a lift station located on their property adjacent to Sibley Park. Residents interested in additional information on this project should contact 311 or Council Memeber Johnson's office.
Minnehaha Park Area Regional Sewer Improvements Project
The Metropolitan Council shared information with residents and businesses near Minnehaha Park at a public hearing on May 22 about a proposed sewer improvement project. Construction work, scheduled to begin in 2019, would rehabilitate an aging regional sanitary sewer tunnel under Minnehaha Creek, Hiawatha Avenue and the METRO Blue Line LRT along the north side of East Minnehaha Parkway. The information shared at that meeting included these handouts.
Project Page: https://metrocouncil.org/sewerconstruction/minnehaha
NPP20 (20 Year Neighborhood Park Plan)
Earlier this year, a new round of rehabilitation projects began at 33 neighborhood parks throughout the city. The focus is on the repair or replacement of aging, obsolete and non-functioning assets, ranging from exterior lighting and sidewalks to roofs and heating systems at park facilities.
For details on the scope of the projects and a list of the parks where work will take place, read the full news release on the MPRB website.