Our Work

South Service Area Master Plan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) manages more than 6,700 acres of public land. The agency management structure is organized around five geographic Service Areas. In 2014, MPRB embarked on an ambitious and critical effort to master plan every service area and all the park assets that lie within them. These master plans guide system-wide capital improvements, management, and operations.

Confluence was retained by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) to develop the first of the five plans, and led a multi-disciplinary team in developing the South Service Area Master Plan. Bounded by the southern and eastern city limits, I-35W, and the I-35W/I-94 downtown loop, the South Service Area includes 33 park properties, 26 of which are developed.

The Master Plan provides a comprehensive overview of all outdoor park assets including athletic fields; playgrounds; sidewalks and trails; and other park amenities as well as charts a course for future operations, management and improvements. As part of our work, improvement plans were developed for each of the neighborhood parks.

The information provided in the resulting document will assist the MPRB in setting priorities and establishing future budgets and will guide future decisions on capital improvements, land acquisition and the development of new parks.