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Happening in A Park Near You

Let’s Paint the Cargo Boxes,  is a community art project championed by the Hale Page Diamond Lake Neighborhood Association.
Mentoring Peace Through Art will be partnering with HPDL to turn those two cargo boxes in Todd Park from dull brown eye-sores to fun works of art - Come help us! All ages welcome and families volunteering together is even better! The paint is permanent, so bring clothes that would look great with paint on them. Bring sunglasses and sunscreen, we'll have refreshments to keep your hydration and energy levels where they should be. Sign up for a shift (or two). We'll need a slew of neighborhood volunteers to get this done! Volunteer Sign Ups:
Facebook Event:
The cargo boxes are located in Todd Park and the painting will be taking place over three days June 29th-July 1st.  

Taming of the Shrew at Powderhorn

The Cromulent Shakespeare Company presents a FREE performance of William Shakespeare's
The Taming of the Shrew!
Set up your blanket or lawn chair, bring a picnic and enjoy "a little bit of" Shakespeare. They'll choose a nice spot in the park to perform along the middle of the south side of the park, 35th St. ish, with the best accommodations for the audience. The production will run approximately 75-90 minutes.

Free Soccer Clinic at Keewaydin Park

Additional Camps are being held throughout the city all summer long:

FRRNG's Annual Neighborhood Parade and Celebration

The Field Regina Northrup Neighborhood Association's rescheduled parade and community celebration is taking place on June 30th.
Information about the parade:
Information about the community celebration at McRae park:

Free Football Camp at McRae

A free 3-day football and cheerleading camp designed to give kids ages 6-14 in Minnesota an opportunity to learn and be coached by current and past NFL players. Held this year July 12-14th from 9AM to 12PM each day.
If you have questions regarding this program, please message the camp directors via their facebook page:

Share your love of the game! Soccer Coaches are needed at Recreation Centers in Minneapolis. Athletes range in age from 6 to 18 years old. The Minneapolis Park Board Soccer program begins mid August and ends mid October. Teams practice 1-2 times per week. Soccer games are scheduled for 1-2 nights a week and/or Saturdays. The Minneapolis Park Board will provide orientation for new coaches. More information:

Planning Projects

Community Engagement Policy

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:

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. 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.

At the second meeting of the CAC, the appointees voted 9-8 to request that the current board of commissioners revisit the previous board's decision to pursue a reduced pumping strategy on the site before the CAC continue their work of carrying out the CAC charge:

The Hiawatha Golf Course Master Plan CAC shall:

·         Become knowledgeable about past investigations conducted by the MPRB and others in order to gain a reasonable understanding of water management conditions on the golf course property and any attendant effects on nearly private properties;

·         Become knowledgeable about past and current use of the property, including communities served by the current golf course use of the property;

·         Become knowledgeable about other aspects of the golf course property and the master planning project and its scope, and advise MPRB staff and consultants throughout the planning process;

·         Contribute to broad community engagement by acting as primary contact for the CAC’s represented communities, and by enhancing the project’s interaction with a wide range of stakeholders and stakeholder groups;

·         Assist with ongoing communication of technical plan elements to the general public;

·         Report back to appointers or appointing bodies, as requested, on the plan process, information presented, and possible recommendations;

·         Make recommendations to the MPRB Commissioners on the future use or evolution of Hiawatha Golf Course, based on agreed upon vision, goals, and principles;

·         Make recommendations to the MPRB Commissioners in support of any changes to the golf course property or perpetuation of current uses, with attention to priority, sequencing, timing, and funding.

If you'd like to share your thoughts with the commissioners on this request from the CAC, you can find our contact information here. At this time, it is not clear to me when the board will be discussing the request from the CAC. I stand by my vote last year to pursue a reduced pumping strategy that protects homes while allowing this site to be redeveloped to be more resilient to the effects of climate change and to reduce the pollutant loading of Minnehaha Creek and Lake Hiawatha. I have urged President Bourn to put a discussion item on our next agenda to keep this process moving and ask that you do the same.

2015 Nokomis Hiawatha Regional Park Master Plan:

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

Resolution 2017-355 - Resolution authorizing the formation and charge of an appointed community advisory committee (CAC) for the Master Plan for the Hiawatha Golf Course property.

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

Lake Nokomis Shoreline Enhancements

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 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.

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. Feedback on the options and design elements can be sent to the project manager, Jon Duesman

Subscribe to the project page to receive updates.

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 next Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting is scheduled  Monday, July 16, 2018 at Luxton Recreation Center , 5:30-7:30 pm.

The fifth CAC meeting has also been scheduled: Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 at Hiawatha School Recreation Center 5:30-7:30 pm.


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Minnehaha Creek Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan
Master Planning is underway for this regional trail. The trail encompases parkland along both sides Minnehaha Creek between Minnehaha Regional Park and the western city limit. A community survey is being conducted and can be found here.  

Subscribe to the project page to receive updates.

Phelps Park Improvements

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will be replacing the playground and wading pool at Phelps Park in 2018/2019! We would like your help and input in desiging the playground and splash pad. Two concepts for the park were recently shared with park visitors and are posted to the project page. If you have thoughts on the elements presented in the concepts about what should absolutely be part of the design or what shouldn't please email the projected manager, Kelly Wilcox with your feedback.
Subscribe to the project page to receive updates. 

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.

Subscribe to the project page to be notified of upcoming meetings.  Please take this survey to help the MPRB understand how you connect to nature in the city.



Bossen Field Park

Design for building improvements to the existing park building are underway. These improvements would be a continuation of approved Master Plan improvements within the park. The improvements would include replacing the existing building lighting, upgrading both restrooms, providing a new accessible bathroom, replacing the water service line (which will allow the wading pool to reopen after two repairs and subsequent failures of the water main last season) and, exterior building enhancements. These building improvements are to be funded through NPP20 rehabilitation dollars.  

Planned improvements also include the construction of a new maintenance garage to be located on the south end of the park. The addition of a maintenance garage to store maintenance equipment is necessary in order to maintain the new athletic fields.  Funding for the maintenance garage is limited and therefore may not be able to be constructed if construction bids exceed available funding.

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:

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.

Commissioner Musich represents the fifth park district in the South East corner of Minneapolis.

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Commissioner Musich has a BA in English Literature from the University of Minnesota, and has worked in the banking industry for the past 16 years, six of them as a Corporate Accountant and for the past seven 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 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 cyclists, skiers, canoists, sailors and swimmers you can often find them cruising the trails, swimming or boating throughout the system. The commissioner's son participates in the MPRB's and MPS youth sports leagues bringing the family to park courses and athletic fields throughout the city for games. While recuperating from outdoor adventures, the commissioner can be found immersed in a book.

Current reading selection: Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber. A suspenseful read that echoes pop culture through a podcast tie in theme reminiscent of the buzz around the first season of the popular podcast Serial. A fast paced summer read, perfect for the beach, mocking, park bench or lounging on a blanket in your favorite park spot.


Discover Your Next Park Adventure!

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. This year, I've added 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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