The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s 5-year capital improvement program recommends funding in 2013 for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Park playground. Playground and site improvements consist of reconfiguring of playground containers (both pre-K and elementary age) and replacing the play equipment. As the budget allows, additional amenities such as refurbishing of walkways, picnic tables, benches, lighting improvements, landscaping, drinking fountains, etc. would be prioritized by the community and included in the project. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Legacy Advisory Council, the Kingfield Neighborhood Association and People for Parks are partnering with the Park Board on this project.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Advisory Council, comprised of interested community members, was initially established to revitalize the memorial aspect of the park, developing ideas to honor Dr. King and his legacy at the park. The advisory council met six times between January 2011 and April 2011 to finalize its plan. Through these meetings, a concept plan, as well as infrastructure and programming recommendations, were developed and presented to the board. In May 2011, the Park Board established the Legacy Committee as an ongoing group that would provide recommendations and oversight to the Board for the park and help raise funding to implement the plan.
The design phase for this project is expected to begin in late 2012 or early 2013, with construction expected in the summer of 2013. The playground will be closed during construction.