Minneapolis’ newest park will occupy a sloping 1.65-acre lot off the Midtown Greenway, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board wants suggestions on what to call it.
Serious ideas only, please.
The green space is at 2828 11th Av. S., directly northeast of the Midtown Exchange building. A Y-shaped trail on the property connects local streets to the greenway.
The Park Board acquired the land from Hennepin County in December, along with a $300,000 grant from the county to go toward landscaping and the addition of several recreational components. In all, new construction is estimated to cost $1.2 million, according to Park Board documents.
The amenities will include a stage at the bottom of the incline with graded seating; an adventure-style playground with ladders, nets and a bouldering wall; a picnic area with grills and a small shelter, and a garden plot. The Park Board is expected to work with the Midtown Phillips community this spring and summer to decide what gets built first.
The Stewart-Cepro grain elevators occupied the property for years before Hennepin County acquired the land in 2000, ahead of the construction of the second phase of the bike trail. The elevators were demolished in 2004, and trail connections were built in 2007.
The base of the elevators was used to make a seating wall. In total, the county spent $7.5 million on the site, according to Park Board documents.
The county, which was not interested in managing the park, approached the Park Board in 2016 about the land transfer. Together, they developed a concept plan for the site.
Usually, a land acquisition “takes quite a while before it is looking like a public space that people can gather at,” Park Board communications director Dawn Sommers said. This site was different, as Hennepin County had maintained it and made improvements over the decade.
City officials are seeking ideas for a permanent name for the park. The Park Board suggests names with geographic or historic significance or that describe the function of the site.
Names could also honor individuals who made important contributions to the parks system. If the Park Board decides to name the park after a person, that process could take at least two years.
Name ideas for the park can be submitted online at survey monkey.com/r/CeproName.