The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is completing their city-wide park master planning process with the completion of the Southwest Service Area Master Plan (SWSAMP). The SWSAMP includes all 43 neighborhood parks south of I-394 and west of I-35W. This service area master plan process engages the community to:
- Take a complete look at all outdoor park assets: fields, playgrounds, courts, paths, etc.
- Create improvement plans for each neighborhood park
- Guide decisions on capital improvements, land acquisition, and development of new parks.
- Set a vision for operations, management, and improvements
- Set priorities and estimate budgets
SRF is the lead consultant for the project and teamed with 4RM+ULA and MIG to serve as a collaborative partner with MPRB. Throughout the process we consistency brought local expertise, innovation, and an equity lens to our work. The project kicked-off with a “Summer of engagement” which included attending 100 public events and actively engaged the Community Advisory Committee to collect additional information. Public input was process and delivered back to the public in a visually compelling manner that guided the development of initial concepts. SRF organized and led a four-day design charrette that produced over 80 initial park concepts. Initial park concepts were taken back to the community for additional input. From there, preferred concepts will be developed and incorporated into a master plan document. Final public reviews and approvals are expected in summer of 2019.