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Youth Sports Registration Begins March 24th

Registration for youth summer sports in Minneapolis Parks begins March 24! The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is proud to offer youth baseball, softball, and track and field teams across the city this summer. 

All organized activities hosted by the MPRB will take place with modifications in place to help protect all league participants while offering opportunities to compete, have fun and be healthy in the parks this summer.

Head over to the MPRB Youth Sports page for more info and get ready to register beginning Wednesday, March 24.

The Minnesota Twins Community Fund once again generously donated new gloves (while supplies last) for all 6U and 8U baseball and softball players. The Twins have partnered with the MPRB since 1993 to support youth baseball in Minneapolis!

Support Youth Sports

Volunteer coaches and instructors for youth sports are needed throughout the year for citywide programs. Learn more about this opportunity here: Become a coach!
The MPRB hires umpires for baseball and softball. Earn extra cash and stay involved in the sports you love! Learn more about this opportunity here: Become a sports official!


The Hiawatha driving range opens today at noon, mats only. Range is open from 9-dusk daily. Visit the Hiawatha Driving Range page for rates, directions and more information. 

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is taking the 2021 Minneapolis International Festival virtual, with all activities accessed through the event website.  The Virtual event showcases the many different cultures in the City of Minneapolis and surrounding communities with music, dance, art and food demos.

Join in Spring fun in the parks, click the links below for more information and to register. Social distancing and pre-registration is required.
Paint Your Own Cookie Kit from 3-7 pm at Keewaydin Park - $6 

Bunnies on Bikes from 8:45 am-Noon at Nokomis Community Center - $5 

Bunny Brunch Bundles from 11am-3pm at Sibley Park - $25.00 
The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Food Movement
Join the Minneapolis Parks Foundation for a special preview of Owamni by The Sioux Chef and the restaurant's powerful role at the center of an Indigenous cultural movement. 

WHEN: Thursday, April 29, 7:00pm
WHERE: Everywhere on Zoom
TICKETS: Free, register via Eventbrite

With the imminent completion of the Water Works Pavilion and surrounding park at the Central Riverfront in Minneapolis, Owamni by The Sioux Chef will take center stage. It’s the first restaurant from Sean Sherman and Dana Thompson, co-owners of The Sioux Chef, who are at the forefront of an Indigenous food movement that’s restoring authentically local, healthy, and sustainable food practices which are rooted in Indigenous cultural traditions.
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 Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) held a public hearing on the Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan on Wednesday, Feb. 17. The Planning committee advanced the master plan to the full board for consideration, a vote is anticipated on April 7th. 

The Hiawatha Golf Course Area Master Plan is a written and graphic document intended to guide capital improvements in the area over the next 20-30 years. The master plan document is a direct reflection of the input provided by the appointed Community Advisory Committee (CAC), which met 7 times between March 2018 and July 2019, and extensive additional community engagement. Master Plan document:

During the pandemic, to minimize the risk of exposure to or potential spread of COVID-19, the MPRB added options for submitting comments for public meetings and hearings, authorized under Minn. Stat. Section 13D.02.

The plan pushes toward a balance of golf and other activities set in a landscape guided by water management. It necessarily bends toward ecology in its aspirations, recognizing that restoration of natural processes—which were significantly altered by Wirth’s dredging of Rice Lake—are a goal greater than those supporting human activities on the site. With ecology as the yardstick, choices are made that err on preservation, conservation, and restoration rather than expanded disturbance and new development. While many uses are described, its restoration of sustainable water patterns and recreation balanced in a new ecologically-driven landscape that forms the higher order goals inherent in the plan.
With the vision and guiding principles, the CAC’s prioritized design element recommendation, focus-session input, community survey input, and input from our collaborating partners, the recommended Hiawatha Golf Course Area Master Plan includes:

  • Relocating an improved and reduced pumping strategy at the site to protect nearby low basements from groundwater intrusion to the same degree they are protected today.
  • Re-utilizing pumped water for a variety of potential uses (e.g. irrigation, snow making, facility heating/cooling).
  • Improving water management at the site while providing opportunities to address flooding in the watershed to the north.
  • Improving water quality in Lake Hiawatha and Minnehaha Creek.
  • Creating a destination golf facility focused on learning the sport and increasing opportunities for new players, including a 9-hole golf course, driving range, and practice facilities.
  • Celebrating the history of Black golfers at the course and supporting and providing an introduction to golf for people of color.
  • Expanding access to the site with bicycle and pedestrian trails, a re-envisioned clubhouse area that welcomes the larger community, and other new community gathering spaces.
  • Restoring ecological function through the creation of wetlands, riparian and shoreline restorations, upland prairie restoration, and protecting existing wildlife habitat.
  • Creating a south Minneapolis winter recreation destination complementary to north Minneapolis's Theodore Wirth Regional Park.
  • Developing nine experiences that tell the cultural and natural history through permanent elements and infrastructure, as well as through art, performance, community events, and ephemeral experiences. Experiences include:
    • Stormwater Terrace
    • Pumping as a Resource
    • All are Welcome
    • A Place to Learn
    • Island Respite
    • Telling our Story
    • A Connection to Water
    • Urban Nature
    • Celebrating Minnehaha Creek

The Draft Design of Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan presentation can be found here:

Video Presentation:

Presentation Graphics and Narrative [PDF]

The project is now focused on one preferred plan after more than two years of community engagement, however, the draft design shared today is not final. There are several more steps and opportunities to weigh in throughout 2020 before the plan is complete.

Please read the updates posted under "Additional Information" in the attached link for detailed information on the Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan: Update

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

Minnehaha Creek Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan

With the master plan adopted for the creek corridor, the MPRB will spend approximately $1 million in the corridor. Specific projects have not yet been determined, to ensure you are notified of engagement activities and feedback opportunities please subscribe to the project page to receive updates. Project selection and design will involve the community. 

Parks for All: Comprehensive Planning

The Latest: Draft comprehensive plan is available for review and comment

A series of Community Virtual Open Houses is planned for anyone to get up to speed on the project, provide feedback on the draft plan, and ask staff questions. Use the links below to participate:

A draft of Parks for All will be open for public comment until July 18, 2020. 

View Parks for All Project Page:

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: 


The MPRB is pleased to announce a project to update the playground at Pearl Park to meet current safety and accessibility standards.

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

Sibley Park Capital Improvements

The MPRB is scheduled to begin community engagement for a Capital Improvement Project at Sibley later this year. As part of the planning and design outreach for that project park staff will examine the community support for changing the name of Sibley Park. To ensure you’re notified of engagement activities and feedback opportunities on this project I recommend subscribing to govdelivery notices for planning projects in the 5th District:   The planning division will notify the public when engagement activities begin.

Keewaydin Park Capital Improvements

The MPRB is scheduled to begin community engagement for a capital improvement project at Keewaydin later this year. To ensure you’re notified of engagement activities and feedback opportunities on this project I recommend subscribing to govdelivery notices for planning projects in the 5th District:   The planning division will notify the public when engagement activities begin.


Minnehaha Park Area Regional Sewer Improvements Project

Construction began in September 2019 and is anticipated to be completed in late July of 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:

Lake Nokomis Shoreline Enhancements

The Latest: The implementation of shoreline improvements at Lake Nokomis is complete. The project is now in a maintenance phase. 

Project goals included:
Repairing damaged and eroded shoreline areas.
Removing overstory growth.
Replacing large areas of mowed turf with a wide array of native seed to control erosion and promote water quality.

This work is part of a long-term effort to increase the amount of natural landscape within the park. 

Work originally began in the fall of 2019 and was largely complete by the end of 2019, with development of new native seed species during the 2020 growing season. 
Due to the pre-existing turf and invasive weed bed that previously existed, additional over-seeding with the native seed mix was required in 2020. Proper establishment of native seed generally takes several years before a strong presence of the native plants can establish and thrive, with little to no competition from invasive plants. 
In 2021, additional maintenance and establishment efforts will be done to help promote the establishment of these new native areas. The temporary fencing will stay up through at least the 2021 growing season to help protect these areas. 

Please stay out of the native seed areas and only use intended lake access locations to access the lake. 

More information about this project is available here:

Want to help stabilize one of the lake access locations experiencing serious erosion? Click here for info on the Friends of Lake Nokomis fundraising effort:

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.

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 users 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.

Phelps Park Improvements

Phase 1 improvements are complete.

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

Design for both the athletic field and splash pad is complete, with construction planned to begin in Spring 2021. Athletic field improvements include funding from the Hennepin Youth Sports Program.  

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. 

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.

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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 Black Tides of Heaven by Neon Yang.  April's Sci-Fi book club read through the Nokomis library. 


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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