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Hoops & Hot Dogs

Join the Standish Ericcson Neighborhood Association at Sibley Park this Sunday from 5:30-7:30pm for a FREE family-friendly event featuring:
Hot Dog picnic dinner (vegan options available)
Open Eye Figure Theater Puppet Show – Tucker’s Robot
Giant Inflatable Slide
MPRB Naturalist
Basketball hoops contests with prizes for all ages
Interested in learning more? Click here.

Public Hearing on Hiawatha Master Plan

A public hearing on the Hiawatha Golf Course Area Master Plan is scheduled Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022 at 6:30 pm. It will take place in the second-floor Board Room at Mary Merrill Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Headquarters, 2117 West River Road.
Commissioners on the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Planning Committee are scheduled to consider the plan after the public hearing on Aug.17. If approved by the Planning Committee, the full Board of Commissioners could consider the plan at its next meeting, scheduled Sept. 7.
Use the links below to view the plan and a shorter plan executive summary:
Full Master Plan
Master Plan Executive Summary

Public Hearing Details
When: Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 6:30 pm
Where:  Park and Recreation Board Headquarters, 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis

How to share your comments:

Speak in person
•    Call 612-230-6400 before 3 pm on the day of the hearing (Aug. 17) to be added to the speaker list
•    Arrive at the second-floor board room at MPRB Headquarters before the hearing begins; add your name to the sign-up sheet at the Board Room entrance

Send written comments
Email by 12 noon on Aug. 17.

Minnehaha Parkway Closure

East Minnehaha Parkway is scheduled to close to through traffic between Bloomington Avenue S and Cedar Avenue S from Wednesday, Aug. 24 to Tuesday, Aug. 30. The closure is necessary for a gas main replacement project by CenterPoint Energy.

The bike and pedestrian trail will be combined through this area during the closure. Please go slow and yield to pedestrians. Parkway traffic will be detoured to East 47th Street.

Please follow all posted signs and detours and stay away from areas where work is being performed. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board appreciates the public's patience while our infrastructure is repaired.

Tree at 50th Street Beach

I have received many inquiries about the loss of the beloved shade tree at the Nokomis 50th street beach. I too mourn the loss of this mainstay in the little beach experience. Sadly this tree sustained significant damage during the recent storms and after being assessed by a park arborist needed to come down for safety reasons.
The park board plants new trees in the spring as research has shown that planting then produces healthier trees that have a higher survival rate than those planted in other times of the year, so there will be a replacement planted in the spring of 2023.
Do you have suggestions of where a new tree or trees should be planted to provide future beach goers with some respite from the sun? Let me know, and I’ll share suggestions with the forestry team to help guide their spring planting in this area.

Help Our Young Trees!

Our region is in a severe 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: Resolution 2022-247 was 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. A resolution to consider the Master Plan will appear on the agenda the same night as the public hearing. See above for information about the public hearing.
Please visit the project page for more information and to sign up for notification of project updates.


Latest:  The design for this project has been approved and park staff is working to get it out for bid this fall for construction in 2023. Additionally, Park planning staff is meeting with Tribal Councils, Dakota elders and Dakota community members to identify potential park names for nomination to replace Sibley as this park's name.

Timeline:  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,


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.

Nokomis Bicycle Trail Repairs

This coming week park maintenance staff will be making infrared asphalt repairs to the bicycle trail at Lake Nokomis.  This repair method is longer lasting than cold patching and utilizes less material than replacement. The work is anticipated to take a few weeks. Please follow posted detours. Thank you!


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 begin this summer.
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,

McRae Park Capital Improvements


The Latest:
This project is out for bid, and construction may begin as soon as this fall. 

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


The latest: Playground construction is going well and is anticipated to be complete this fall.

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

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: Touch the Earth: A Self Portrait of Indian Existence by T. C. McLuhan.   


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

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