Community Engagement Policy
Nokomis-Hiawatha Master Planning for Hiawatha Golf Course Property
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is updating its Community Engagement Policy and we’d like to hear from you!
The policy guides MPRB’s community engagement processes and practices, and your input will help shape an updated policy.
More Information and Next Steps:
For more information, please read the current MPRB Community Engagement Policy: https://www.minneapolisparks.org/_asset/20rp8c/community_engagement_policy.pdf
There will be other ways to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences as this project progresses, including open houses, focus groups and a traveling exhibit. More information will be shared when details are finalized.
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.
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. Several tasks are in process, and while the public process has not yet started, a first meeting for a Community Advisory Committee is being planned.
While staff had hoped for a fully seated CAC in January, several appointers have yet to make their selections. We’re working with those appointers, reminding them of the importance of their selection in the creation of a committee representative of the community and stakeholders. The 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 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. Eventually, the site will be 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 will also be 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.
A request for proposals for a master planning consultant has been released. That consultant will be responsible for conducting assessments of the site, framing possible evolutions of the golf course property that recognize water management and use, estimating costs of various possible directions (implementation and operating costs), and, eventually, developing a preferred direction as the master plan. The consultant will not be under contract until mid-April. Before then, MPRB staff intends to engage the CAC in meetings directed to understanding the CAC and master planning process, and to reviewing information that has been gathered previously.
The first Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting has been scheduled. The meeting is intended to introduce CAC members to the site and its history, the master planning project, their CAC colleagues, the MPRB team, their role in the project, and how their role will shape the outcomes of the effort.
The committee will not yet dive into the specifics of the master plan design as we are still in the informative stage of the project and we want everyone to be on an even keel at its start. A review will be made of the 2015 Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park Master Plan as well as the July 2017 resolution directing staff to apply for a groundwater appropriations permit and further directing staff to organize a process of amending the Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park Master Plan (see Resolution 2017-243 below).
The meeting will be open to the public, and formal meeting notices will be sent out by email and by US Postal Service. We’d like the general public to hear and see what the CAC members hear and see during this introductory meeting, and to see how a structured CAC process works.
Community Advisory Committee Meeting #1
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Lake Nokomis Community Center Gym
2401 East Minnehaha Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55417
2015 Nokomis Hiawatha Regional Park Master Plan: https://www.minneapolisparks.org/_asset/1dg1fv/nok_hia_masterplan.pdf
Please visit the project page for more information and to sign up for notification of upcoming meetings.
Resolution 2017-243 - Resolution directing staff to apply for a groundwater appropriations permit and further directing staff to organize a process of amending the Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park Master Plan. 8/9/2017 and amended 10/4/2017
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 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.
Keep abreast of this effort via RecQuest project page