The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board [MPRB] is working to understand the best aspects of options 1A and 4 and develop a revised design that can be embraced by the community. To help us better understand the community perspectives on the two options, individuals are being asked to complete a survey by March 26, 2014 at 11:59 pm.

The survey is designed to gather information related to critical design objectives of the play equipment, including how well it will hold the interest of users, it integrates the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. King and African American History theme into the design, and it meets the community’s playground needs.

The survey is available online (http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=1359) and at the park building.

Images of the playground designs they are looking at are below.

Playground Design #1 A and 1 B ElementaryArea

 

Playground Design #4: school age Playground #4: Elementary Age Playground #4: InterpretivePanels

Comments

2 Responses to “Deadline for MLK Park Playground Feedback Today, 3/26, at Midnight”

  1. Marilyn Haight on March 25th, 2014 9:57 AM

    As an adult, I vote for #4, and have these comments/questions -
    1. Are there any Kids looking at the designs? What kids want and adults might like can be two very different things. The playgrounds each my sons liked best (different ones for each son) were ones I thought uninteresting.
    2. Both designs appear to have lots of climbing opportunities – great for the able bodied. Very few options I could see for any children using walkers, crutches, wheelchairs, etc to get involved other than around the periphery and watch others. Can the design become more inclusive?
    3. On design 4, the blue stripe seems to act like a walking path – walking right into the path underneath a potentially moving swing. Ouch!
    4. One of the swings could become a chair for maybe 10-12 year old sized people that don’t have the balance or hand strength to hang on to a traditional swing. PACER Center might be able to direct you to some ideas/resources that are inclusive for children with physical challenges.
    5. What will happen to the current equipment, that is not really very old? Reused at another playground? Filed School on 46th has awful equipment. The school is grades 5-8, yet the neighborhood children sometimes play there. Would be great to have better options for that neighborhood.
    I don’t need answers to these questions. I would appreciate the committee discussing then points made and deciding if adjustments need to be made.

  2. Sarah Linnes-Robinson on March 25th, 2014 10:05 AM

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Marilyn. I will forward these comments directly to the Park board staff in charge of the project. Other comments and thoughts are also welcome here, we would love to hear what you think! Or neighbors you can also send your comments directly to jringold@minneapolisparks.org if you want to keep your them private.

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