The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is continuing to do master planning for all of the neighborhood parks in the 5 service areas of the city. South was completed in 2016, the Downtown plan is to be approved this summer, and the Northside plan is underway. The Northeast/Southeast (NE/SE) plan, now renamed the East of the River Neighborhood Park Master Plan will be starting this summer. You can now register with GovDelivery to get updates. Go to the planning page and subscribe to email updates to receive notices or opportunities to weigh in on the plans for your neighborhood park. These park plans will be used for the capital improvements associated with both the 20 Year Neighborhood Park Planning process and for designating Park Dedication Fees collected from new housing and business development. For more information look here.
The permitting is almost finished with the DNR and other agencies to start the re-creation of this historic island in the Mississippi River. Pushed to the shore in the 1960’s to increase the size of the Scherer Brothers Lumber Yard, this signature part of the RiverFirst initiative is slated to begin in 2017 (when the river is at its lowest). Keep an eye on this one.
This new ½ mile of trail along the east bank of the Mississippi along the Graco facility and north to the 18th Ave BNSF rail bridge across the river is open to the public. The trail is lit at night, and other than a few last minute touch ups coming this spring, it is just a ribbon cutting away from being completed.
This unique partnership brought together the Beltrami Neighborhood Association, US Bank, Spark-Y, and local Timber Framers guild member Clark Bremmer to work with the planning department of the parkboard to build a brand new facility in Beltrami Park. “Bringing this group together was a real joy and my son Bobby loved working on the pavilion raising team.” said Commissioner Wielinski.
The St Anthony Parkway Bridge replacement project being led by the City of Minneapolis will replace the former Warren Truss bridge with a new bridge wide enough to accommodate the parkway as well as the signature walking and cycling trails as a section of the Grand Round Scenic Byway system. The project is on schedule to open the during the late fall of 2017.