Project Start Date: January 1, 2021
Ongoing Program: N
Submitting Department: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Contact Person: Adam Arvidson
Level of Need: High
Estimated Project Completion Date: December 31, 2023
Department Priority: 4
Contact Phone Number: 612-230-6470
Address: 601 Morgan Avenue South
City Sector: Southwest
Affected Neighborhoods: Bryn Mawr
Affected Wards: 7
This project would fund a complete renovation and new design layout for fields at Bryn Mawr Meadows to better provide consolidated ball diamond opportunities and soccer field areas in the central portion of the city.
In total, improvements will include soil amendments, re-grading, re-seeding, irrigation, lighting, re-alignment of fields to improve drainage and reduce multiple uses, amenities for players and spectators, parking, pathways, and other site improvements. Safety fencing, accessibility accommodations, and shade structures will also be installed where necessary and practical. New systems to provide for reinforced turf to increase the amount of play that can occur on a field and to maximize the benefits of rainwater for irrigation will be explored.
The renovation will implement a portion of the park’s master plan, which was adopted as part of the North Service Area Master Plan. Notable in that plan is a reduction in the number and increase in quality of softball diamonds, to allow simultaneous game play without outfield overlap. The design creates a better balance between neighborhood and regional athletic facilities. Created through extensive community engagement, the master plan is a new vision for the park. Also included in the plan is a stormwater management area that will be implemented alongside field renovation, in partnership with the Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission. This aspect of the project will benefit the city by better managing neighborhood storm runoff before it flows into Bassett Creek.
Purpose and Justification:
Athletic fields are an integral part of the city’s infrastructure. Already at a premium in Minneapolis – field availability is far outstripped by demand — athletic fields are a prime social and recreational resource in this city. Whether sponsored by the parks, public schools, private schools, clubs, or adult leagues, teams depend on Park Board fields for both practice and games. Because fields are in such high demand, they tend to be overused and their upkeep is especially challenging. Improving athletic fields so they are more durable, able to meet the demands of almost continuous programming needs, and need to be rested or rehabilitated far less often will enhance the delivery of recreational services to the residents of Minneapolis.
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Project Cost Breakdown
Department Funding Request
Have Grants for this Project been secured?
No grants are currently associated with this project
Describe status and timing details of secured or applied for grants or other non-City funding sources:
MPRB is collaborating with the City of Minneapolis and the Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission (BCWMC) to implement a significant regional stormwater amenity incorporated into the design of the park. BCWMC has aligned one of its own capital allocations in the same year as this request, so a comprehensive project can move forward in 2021.
Describe any collaborative arrangements with outside project partners, including who they are and what their role is with the project:
BCWMC prepared a feasibility study in concert with the City of Minneapolis to determine the location, shape, and capacity of a stormwater management facility in the park, which was creatively incorporated into the master plan. BCWMC will take lead on implementation of the stormwater facility in concert with detailed design and implementation of the park.
State Law Chapter 462.356 (Subd. 2) requires review of all capital improvements for compliance with the comprehensive municipal plan. Chapter 13, Section 4 of the City Charter requires Location and Design Review for the purpose of approving the sale of bonds for these projects. Describe how the project is consistent with the adopted City/Park Board comprehensive plans and how the project implements goals and policies as stated in the adopted plans, including specific policy references:
Projects funded with these dollars are consistent with the following direction of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board comprehensive plan:
Vision Statement: Dynamic parks that shape city character and meet diverse community needs.
Goal: Park facility renewal and development respects history and focuses on sustainability, accessibility, flexibility and beauty.
Strategy: Integrate sustainable practices, ecological design for landscapes, and green building techniques into new construction and renewal of all amenities, giving priority to those practices that meet or exceed established standards, improve ecological function, and minimize long-term maintenance and operating costs.
Strategy: Implement a sustainable, long-term renewal plan based on a complete inventory of the system, life-cycle cost analysis, and condition assessment of all park facilities.
Strategy: Build or renew facilities to meet or exceed standards for accessibility.
Relevant City of Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan Polices, from the Minneapolis 2040 Plan:
Policy 78 Park Design and Programming: Improve the design and programming of parks to better serve a changing population.
Policy 53 Quality of Life: Perpetuate a high quality of life for Minneapolitans that includes safe, open, and welcoming cultural and social institutions, as well as natural and built infrastructure. Especially applicable is Action Step 53c: Maintain and enhance the many built, historic, arts, and natural environmental assets throughout the city to promote and strengthen communities.
Policy 83 People with Disabilities: Ensure people with disabilities and their families are visible, active, and values members of the community. Especially applicable is Action Step 83h: Increase accessibility of public infrastructure and public amenities.
Provide the date that Location and Design Review was conducted for the project, the outcome of that analysis and the date formal action was taken by the Planning Commission:
Location and Design Review for this project will take place in the spring or summer of the funding year.
Will the project contribute to growth in the city’s tax base? No
Describe the economic development impact of the project:
Does the project support redevelopment opportunity that without the project would be infeasible?
Is the proposed project on an existing or planned transitway, transit route, or high-volume pedestrian corridor? If yes, provide details on how the project will improve the transit and/or pedestrian experience.
Yes. The project is located adjacent to the Basset Creek Valley station of the Green Line LRT Extension. The park project does not improve that transit line, beyond providing a reason for residents to use the line and disembark at that station.
Does the proposed project anticipate multi-modal enhancements (sidewalks, bicycle or transit facilities)? Provide details.
Is the right-of-way constrained and do you anticipate that modes of travel will be competing for space? Provide details, is there potential for innovative design options? Provide details
All improvements will take place within parkland.
Operations & Capital Asset Maintenance: Dependent on exact facilities implemented
Is this request for new or existing infrastructure? Existing, but significantly modified
What is the expected useful life of the project/Improvement? 40 years
Year that Operating Incr/(Decr) will take effect? 2024
What is the estimated annual operating cost increase or (decrease) for this project? The cost depends on exactly what facilities are implemented, but a decrease in operating cost is likely due to fewer athletic fields.
Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? No
Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations: Not applicable
Describe how operating cost increases or decreases were determined and include details such as personnel costs, materials, contracts, energy savings, etc:
Increases in operating costs are possible depending on which amenities are implemented. Replacement and upgrades of existing facilities may have minimal operating cost increases, while larger elements like a new restroom building or sports dome will have significant increases. The North Service Area Master Plan included calculations on likely operations increases for each element included in the master plan. Once project scoping is complete, MPRB staff will consider likely cost increases and incorporate them into existing operations budgets or will address increases through MPRB’s annual budgeting process.
If new infrastructure, discuss how the department/agency will pay for the increased annual operating costs:
For new infrastructure, describe the estimated timing and dollar amount of future capital investment required to realize the full expected useful life of the project:
Describe completion status for ongoing projects and how and when the department/agency plans to use the prior year remaining bond authorizations:
If this is a new project, describe the major project phases and timing anticipated for completing the project:
A Master Plan for Bryn Mawr Meadows was completed as part of the North Service Area Master Planning process, adopted in January of 2019. Extensive community engagement has been a hallmark of this planning process. Construction plans will be completed in 2021, with construction commencing late that same year or early in 2022. Depending on the exact scope of the project, fields would be expected to be complete and open in 2023.
Scalability/Funding Allocation Flexibility – discuss any flexibility to increase or decrease funding among the years in the five-year plan and the most that could be spent in a given year:
This project sequesters a significant portion of total MPRB Net Debt Bonds for 2022. Moving this project will have significant impacts on the rest of the MPRB CIP.
Minneapolis Goals and Strategic Direction
Minneapolis is a growing and vibrant world-class city with a flourishing economy and a pristine environment, where all people are safe, healthy and have equitable opportunities for success and happiness.Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals. Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals.
Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals.
Collaborative and community-inclusive strategies to ensure safety for all members of our community:
Construction projects in parks improve safety throughout Minneapolis’s parks, ensuring they are inviting and allow for healthful activities. They decommission outdated facilities and replace them with new ones that meet current safety and accessibility standards and expectations. In the case of Bryn Mawr, the elimination of outfield overlap significantly increases safety for recreating adults. Re-organized parking and collaboration around traffic calming will increase safety on local streets.
The City prioritizes equitable access to safe, stable, accessible, and affordable housing to eliminate racial disparities in housing:
Park improvements relate to housing in that they are sometimes identified as a gentrifying force in neighborhoods. The alternative, however, of not improving parks would do a disservice to those that use them. MPRB is committed to working with the City to identify and address potential park-related gentrification and displacement, in order to contribute to stable neighborhoods with excellent park service. Though Bryn Mawr Park does not sit in a neighborhood threatened with gentrification, MPRB will strive to be aware of these forces in all neighborhoods.
The City prioritizes economic inclusion so that all workers and families are supported and People of Color, Indigenous and Immigrant (POCII)-owned businesses in all sectors can thrive.
Quality of life is a critical aspect in a business's decision to relocate to, remain in, or expand in Minneapolis. City residents consistently rate parks as having extremely high importance to their quality of life. Therefore, park renewal to maintain quality and incorporate desired amenities can contribute significantly to business retention and recruitment, including among under-represented groups.
The City prioritizes reliable and equitable access to high-quality public services.
Though semi-autonomous, MPRB strives for the same efficiency, transparency, and responsibility as stated in the City's goal. MPRB follows the City's purchasing procedures to ensure fair selection of services and detailed in-house project-by-project accounting ensures each project has a carefully managed budget. MPRB involves the public extensively in the scoping and design of park projects and provides detailed and extensive notifications during construction. Because the Bryn Mawr Park master plan was driven by community involvement, implementation of that plan will allow the public to recreate daily and in ways that meet each individual’s particular needs.
The City prioritizes sustainable practices and renewable resources to equitably address climate change while restoring and protecting our soil, water and air.
All park projects are executed with an eye to facility longevity and sustainability. MPRB strives to improve environmental performance and reduce waste with every construction project. Facility renewal and implementation of new amenities are important in meeting current and future needs for park infrastructure, which is a critical aspect of the city. Most park master plans, including Bryn Mawr’s, call for reduction of turf grass and naturalized areas for pollinator habitat and air quality enhancement. When major projects like this one are implemented, this is an opportunity to plant additional trees, convert lawn to more sustainable ground surface, and reconsider stormwater management on park sites. All of the options will be considered as aspects of the project. In addition, MPRB has collaborated with the Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission on the inclusion of a major stormwater management facility integrated with park improvements. This will have a significant positive impact on Bassett’s Creek by treating runoff from the park and the adjacent neighborhood.
Built Environment & Transportation:
The City prioritizes high quality neighborhoods, streets, infrastructure and equitable access to multimodal transportation in all parts of the City through thoughtful planning and design.
Ensuring high quality parks communicates investment in people’s lives, no matter where they come from. In many cases, neighborhoods are physically and socially centered on their parks. Improving the park will improve the neighborhood. Bryn Mawr is also located adjacent to and will connect to the Green Line LRT Extension at the Bassett Creek Valley station. Direct access to this athletic facility by train will allow residents to more easily and sustainably recreate in the city.
The City Prioritizes positive youth development so that all children can grow healthy and safe:
Improving park facilities and adding desired amenities can increase health and quality of life for neighborhood residents of every age, ability level, economic status, race, ethnicity, and national origin. Though Bryn Mawr is primarily home to adult sports, enhanced fields can be used by all age groups. In addition, enhanced neighborhood-type amenities such as play areas, a basketball court, a splash pad, and open lawn areas for impromptu games are targeted directly at families and kids.
Arts and Culture:
The City prioritizes arts and culture as important part of inclusive economic development and placemaking in our communities:
MPRB seeks to incorporate the arts into projects when it can, by partnering with the City of Minneapolis’s public art program. Even without the specific inclusion of art in park improvements, however, creative and inspiring design is a key part of the park improvement process. In addition, parks often sit at the cultural center of communities, whether people are visiting the park for an art class, participating in spontaneous cultural experiences, attending a cultural event, or simply interacting with peers from different backgrounds in the park.
By having completed master planning for this park as part of the North Service Area Master Plan, MPRB is addressing previous CLIC requests to initiate planning in advance of a Net Debt Bond allocation. A shift in funding sources and years was necessary during approval of the 2021-2026 MPRB CIP, in order to balance funding levels and address unexpected modifications in other projects. All previously requested Bryn Mawr funding remains in the 2021 and 2022 years at the same total funding amount. There will be no project delay from this change. The following table documents the change:
2021 Bonds $1,546,000 $551,000
2021 Cap Levy $1,234,000 $1,189,000
2022 Bonds $275,000 $372,000
2022 Cap Levy $389,000 $1,333,000
Total Bonds $1,821,000 $923,000
Total Cap Levy $1,623,000 $2,522,000
Total Project $3,444,000 $3,445,000
In addition to this project Bryn Mawr Park has a previous allocation under PRK02 for a playground renovation. That funding appears in the PRK02 project as unspent bonds. Due to the comprehensive redesign of the park as a whole, and in the interest of design and construction efficiency, the playground cannot and will not be reconstructed as a stand-alone project. It will be incorporated into the athletic field work outlined in PRK33.