December 17, 6:30-8:30 pm at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Park (4055 Nicollet Avenue)

A community meeting has also been set for February 4, 2014 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the park. The February 4 meeting will focus on the selection of play equipment for the new playground.

All are welcome to participate in both meetings – kids too! Children can engage in the design process and/or a child care program.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is working with artists and the community to enhance a typical plan for MPRB playground with play features and interpretive information that will help tell the story of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, the Civil Rights Movement and/or African American History. The plan that will be presented on December 17 builds on community input that has been gathered through two community meetings, a community survey, input opportunities at the Kingfield Farmers Market and park events, and on-site interviews at the park since July 2013.

The MPRB has allocated $225,000 for the project. MPRB funding will provide a playground comparable to those found in neighborhood parks across the city. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Legacy Council (Legacy Council), with the help of Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA), neighbors and local businesses, is actively fundraising to add an additional funding to the project budget to fund enhancements.

To learn more about the project, please visit the project’s web page at or contact Jennifer Ringold at email:, phone: 612-230-6464. The community process for the playground is anticipated to span through February. If planning and weather permit, construction will start in early 2014 with a grand opening in August of 2014. The MPRB extends a thank you to the Legacy Council and KFNA for their ongoing collaboration on community engagement assistance and fundraising for the project.


2 Responses to “Community input sought regarding refined plan for new playground at MLK Park”

  1. Marilyn Haight on December 10th, 2013 9:41 PM

    If the current playground equipment is going to be removed and replaced, please consider donating it to a school, such as Eugene Field school at 46th and 4th Ave. They have crappy playground equipment for the 5th graders and the local community. I don’t know if there are any current plans to upgrade the school equipment, but we considered it about 10-12 years ago. Then the school budget did not allow. The project got forgotten with all the cut backs and teacher/staff layoffs of those next years.
    Thanks for trying to recycle!!

  2. Community input sought regarding refined plan for new playground at MLK Park : Kingfield on December 16th, 2013 4:08 PM

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