Central Gym Park

LOCATION : Minneapolis, MN
CLIENT : Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
COMPLETED : Fall 2015

The Central Gym Park project will bring significant program and facility improvements to an existing community park in the Central Area neighborhood of Minneapolis. The project design undertook community engagement process with multiple audiences to identify priority projects and collaboratively design a park that reflects the needs and character of this diverse neighborhood.

Community outreach included:
>> Using the master plan as a gameboard, teens and youth used stickers to plan their own version of the site and tell the design team what amenities, features, and activities would make this their Central Gym Park.

>> As both a community park and elementary school playground, the park’s new features support the school’s curriculum with a performance space, urban agriculture, ‘skateable’ site features, and fitness, nature based and modern playgrounds, and court and athletic field renovations.