The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will hold an open house to gather feedback from the community about options for new playground equipment at Marshall Terrace Park, 2740 Marshall St NE. The open house will be held as part of the neighborhood barbeque at Bottineau Park, 2000 2nd St NE on Wednesday, August 22nd. Park planning staff will be available to take comments and answer questions between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to check out the playground concepts, share ideas about fun, and help select a new playground design.
Prior to the August 22 open house, residents and parks users will have an opportunity to share information about the park and preferences for the playground by responding to brief, in-person surveys that will be conducted at the park. Responses to surveys and outreach, along with feedback from MPRB operations and recreation staff, will be combined with usage data to inform the concepts for the playground improvements.
Those unable to attend the open house may complete the online survey. After the open house the concepts will be posted online on the project page.
The current playground was installed in 1982. Two play areas, one for younger children (age 2-5) and one for school age (age 5-12) children, flank a shaded bench seating area. The new equipment will not change this configuration. The current play equipment consists of timber decks with metal posts and metal slides and climbers. While it has lots of play opportunities and variety, the play equipment has far exceeded its anticipated lifespan and no longer meets current accessibility or safety standards.
The preferred playground design is anticipated to go before the Board of Commissioners for approval and contract award September 19. A public hearing will be on the same agenda, offering residents an opportunity to speak to the Board regarding the proposed improvements. All residents within a three-block radius of the park will receive mailed notification of the public hearing.
Construction of the new playground is expected to begin this fall and be completed by the end of the year. The playground will be closed during construction, which is expected to take approximately four weeks.