The North Service Area Master Plan Collaborative Park Design Charrette represents a unique effort by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board to expand the knowledge base, innovation, and creativity in the planning and design process.
Initiated in 2016, The North Service Area Master Plan is a community visioning process that has engaged northern Minneapolis communities in creating a vision for neighborhood parks north of I-394. As part of this effort, Founding Principal, Keiji Asakura, was selected to participate in the week-long Collaborative Park Design charrette to work with community members and develop initial concepts for 7 of the 34 park properties located within the North Service Area.
The park properties ranged from small green spaces to local neighborhood parks to a larger community park. Using previous input from broad community engagement efforts as a starting point, Keiji worked with members of the community to develop context-based concepts that diversify programming across the park properties, creating a unique identity for each site. One concept included a Bicycle Park envisioned as a destination for young children to learn how to bicycle but also for local youth to practice bicycle tricks! These concepts were then shared with the broader community in a series of public open houses.
Thanks to Merritt Chase and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board for the photographs!