Minneapolis Park and Rec Board Looks at Park Redesigns

February 14, 2018 07:07 PM

For two years now, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation board has been creating a master plan for every park in their system.

The board describes it as a community-driven vision of what the city's parks should look like. At the moment, the focus is on 34 parks in North Minneapolis.


"We spent all last summer doing a lot of direct engagement," Adam Arvidson of the Park and Recreation department said. "We're essentially asking the community what do they use in the park, what do they want to see in the parks and what's their vision?"

Arvidson said they took all that input and brought it to their core design team.

But they also added six fresh perspectives from other architects.

"Two were local, and then we brought in four from other places," he said. "There was someone from Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Houston and Chicago."

Sarah Sutherland, a landscape architect with the firm "Studio Gro" provided one of those fresh perspectives.

She worked on a three-member team to create designs for five parks including Cleveland, Folwell and Victory Memorial.

Her team had only one week to get this done. And requests from residents were wide and varied.

"For example - a better splash pad, or a pool, tennis courts or no tennis courts," she said.

The improvements will be funded by tax dollars, but also through grants and philanthropy.  


Todd Wilson

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