PRK03 Shelter - Pool - Site Improvements Program

Project Details:

Project Start Date: January 1, 2022

Ongoing Program: Y

Submitting Department: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Contact Person: Adam Arvidson

Level of Need: High

Estimated Project Completion Date: June 1, 2023

Department Priority: 6

Contact Phone Number: 612-230-6470


Project Location:

Address: 4802 Grand Avenue South

City Sector: Southwest

Affected Neighborhoods: Tangletown

Affected Wards: 11

Project Description:

Wading pool improvements may include replacement of entire pool facilities with new wading pools or splash pads, updating mechanicals of existing wading pools, adding shade structures and seating, providing additional spray features within existing pools, and updating associated site improvements such as paths and lighting. The only activity included in this project in this request is a replacement of the wading pool at Fuller Park, funded in 2022 and 2023.

Purpose and Justification:

Most pool and wading pool facilities in the park system are more than 40 years old. Many are experiencing significant mechanical or structural failures, and pools of that era do not meet current accessibility standards. Nevertheless, aquatic amenities are regularly among the most highly desired ones in parks, as stated in MPRB's community engagement. Improvements will provide safe, accessible, and efficient wading pools to Minneapolis residents.

Beginning in 2018, larger projects in neighborhood parks that may involve pools and other aquatic facilities are being consolidated into the PRKCP project or, if they have funding greater than $1,100,000, are being given their own projects. We expect PRK03 will phase out after completion of the Fuller Pool.

Project Cost Breakdown

Department Funding Request


Have Grants for this Project been secured?

No grants are associated with this project

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:



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 will take place in the spring and summer of the funding year.

Economic Development

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?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.


Does the proposed project anticipate multi-modal enhancements (sidewalks, bicycle or transit facilities)? Provide details.

Sidewalks and park trails may be included in the project.

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 take place within park land, not right-of-way.

Operating Impacts

Operations & Capital Asset Maintenance: $17,000

Is this request for new or existing infrastructure? Existing

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? Annual operating cost will likely decrease with the implementation of a new facility.

Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? No

Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations: n/a

Describe how operating cost increases or decreases were determined and include details such as personnel costs, materials, contracts, energy savings, etc:

Older aquatic facilities tend to be difficult and expensive to maintain. They require inspections more frequently and often need regular water top-off and equipment repairs. Aquatic facility replacement actually decreases maintenance costs for that particular wading pool or splash pad. However, cost savings across the system are not typically felt because other pools are aging just as new ones come on line.

If new infrastructure, discuss how the department/agency will pay for the increased annual operating costs:

Not applicable

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:


Project Coordination

Describe completion status for ongoing projects and how and when the department/agency plans to use the prior year remaining bond authorizations:

No bonding was requested for pools in 2017, 2018, 2019, or 2020, and all other bonded projects are complete.

If this is a new project, describe the major project phases and timing anticipated for completing the project:

Project scoping, including community engagement, typically initiates early in the funding year and continues for 6 to 8 months. Construction most likely takes place during the following year, with the pool re-opening the following spring after a year of being out of commission. Overall, a typical wading pool or other aquatic project can take a little over two years from project initiation until the facility opens to the public, due in part to the robust community engagement process to design the playground.

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.

Public Safety

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. This project will decommission outdated aquatic 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.

Economic Development

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.

Public Services

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.

Environmental Justice:

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. With regard to wading pools and aquatic facilities, MPRB is working to implement new technologies to conserve water, even though the simple replacement of outdated aquatic facilities will greatly improve performance.

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.

Public Health:

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. Wading pools and aquatic facilities are some of the most heavily used facilities in parks, and offer excitement, fun, fitness, and creative play. Getting outdoors to splash and jump and swim makes kids healthier.

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.

Additional Information

The sole request under PRK03 is for Fuller Park. 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 Fuller pool funding remains in the 2022 and 2023 years at the same total funding amount. There will be no project delay from this change. The following table documents the change:

Previous Requested

2022 Bonds $544,000 $336,000

2021 Cap Levy $0 $0

2023 Bonds $300,000 $248,000

2023 Cap Levy $0 $260,000

Total Bonds $844,000 $584,000

Total Cap Levy $0 $260,000

Total Project $844,000 $844,000