Project Start Date: January 1, 2026
Ongoing Program: no
Submitting Department: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Contact Person: Adam Arvidson
Level of Need: High
Estimated Project Completion Date: December 31, 2028
Department Priority: 13
Contact Phone Number: 612-230-6470
Address: 1345 West Minnehaha Parkway
City Sector: Southwest
Affected Neighborhoods: Lynnhurst
Affected Wards: 13
This project will implement a variety of recreational improvements at Lynnhurst Park in southwest Minneapolis. The requested funding in 2026 is for a single phase two implementation of the adopted master plan for the park (phase one is a playground renovation under PRK02 that has yet to initiate). The exact improvements to be implemented are not currently known. MPRB has created a vision for the park through two simultaneous projects, the Southwest Service Area Master Plan and the Minnehaha Creek Master Plan, which were adopted with consistent visions for this neighborhood park and its relationship with the nearby regional trail. These master plans envision major changes in the park, likely implemented in collaboration with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, the City of Minneapolis, and Hennepin County. The vision is to relocate the existing recreation center to a site north of 50th Street, to better connect it to the park, then to daylight the tributary connecting Lake Harriet to Minnehaha Creek, which currently passes under a portion of the park within degrading pipe infrastructure. New trails and recreational facilities would connect through the park between the lake and creek, and a new 50th Street bridge over the tributary would allow connectivity without crossing that busy street.
Between now and 2026, MPRB will work with the community and agency partners to plan for the implementation of a portion or all of this vision, bringing this requested funding forward along with likely outside funding. Due to the complexity and scale of this project, it is unknown at this time exactly which facilities will be constructed in 2027.
Purpose and Justification:
Lynnhurst Park phase two implementation is a project funded by the 20-year Neighborhood Parks and Streets Program. Under this program, MPRB has developed an empirical equity metric for ranking neighborhood parks based on community and park characteristics. A park’s score and resultant ranking determines when a park receives an allocation in MPRB’s CIP, while service area master plans determine what amenities are desired by the community and then implemented.
Lynnhurst Park’s 2020 NPP20 ranking is #40. This ranking coupled with the fact that a master plan is complete justifies advancement of phase two implementation at the park.
Project Cost Breakdown
Department Funding Requests
Have Grants for this Project been secured? No
Describe status and timing details of secured or applied for grants or other non-City funding sources: Not applicable
Describe any collaborative arrangements with outside project partners, including who they are and what their role is with the project: MPRB, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, and the City of Minneapolis have a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that directs collaborative work in the Minnehaha creek corridor. These three parties will be in close communication as this project aporoaches, to ensure all goals are met and a larger project can take place.
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.
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: None
Does the project support redevelopment opportunity that without the project would be infeasible? No
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. This project will be adjacent to the Royalston station but does not involve any exterior improvements, only interior and life safety improvements.
Metro Transit routes 46 and 4 run on 50th Street and stops exist immediately adjacent to Lynnhurst Park. Though this project will not improve transit connections, the linkage between parks and transit benefits both. In addition, the project is situated along the Grand Rounds, a major bicycle and pedestrian route around the city. The project will likely include park trails sidewalks to provide improved accessibility to the transit stop and to the Grand Rounds.
Does the proposed project anticipate multi-modal enhancements (sidewalks, bicycle or transit facilities)? Provide details.
The project will include bicycle and pedestrian ways as part of and connecting to the Minneapolis Grand Rounds.
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
The project may involve Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis in the reconstruction of 50th Street to bridge over new trails and a daylighted creek tributary. Funding and design for this element is currently unknown.
Operations & Capital Asset Maintenance:
Is this request for new or existing infrastructure? New
What is the expected useful life of the project/Improvement? 50 years
Year that Operating Incr/(Decr) will take effect? 2028
What is the estimated annual operating cost increase or (decrease) for this project? Varies
Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? No
Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations: None
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 recreation center or sports dome will have significant increases. The SW Service Area Master Plan includes 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:
Through reallocation of existing resources or seeking new funding.
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:
Formal project scoping, including community engagement, will initiate in 2026, once funding becomes available--though work will take place in advance to ensure a cohesive and fully funded project. The community engagement and design process will likely continue throughout 2026. Construction would likely begin in 2027 and, due to the complexity of the project, would likely continue into 2029
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:
Moving funding from year to year will affect staff ability to implement projects. Delaying this project will invariably delay other park improvement projects called for in the 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.
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.
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 Lynnhurst 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 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. The Lynnhurst Park Master Plan includes numerous facilities intended for year round use by youth and teens.
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.
In addition to this project, Lynnhurst Park appears in PRK02 with a playground rehabilitation project, funded in 2020. This project has not yet initiated and appears in unspent bonds under project PRK02. The master plan calls for major change in the park, including the location of the playground. MPRB is evaluating how and when this PRK02 project can proceed in the context of larger improvements.