Comment on the Draft Master Plan for Corcoran Park

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 The Public Comment Period regarding the draft master plan for South Service Area is open for 45 days starting June 17th. Submit official comments to the park board on its draft master plan for Corcoran Park. 

The South Service Area Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is recommending that the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) approve the above master plan for Corcoran Park. Once approved, the master plan will guide any improvements to the park over the next 10-20 years. For example, let’s say that Corcoran Park is budgeted to get a picnic shelter in 2018. The master plan shows a picnic shelter just north of the wading pool and it also shows a stage/bandshell in the same location. Therefore, the MPRB will work with community in 2018 to design a picnic shelter that can also serve as a stage/bandshell for special events in that location.

The current master plan calls for removal of the parking lot to increase the amount of green space for fruit trees or other types of edible plants, removal of the baseball diamond to accommodate an improved multi-use field that can be used for soccer and other activities, addition of a walking path around the park building, lawn games and a picnic shelter that can be designed to double as a stage/bandshell for events, and removal of the “tennis court” to allow for more open and growing space. The playgrounds and wading pool will remain in the same location.

The CAC was tasked with helping MPRB staff and consultants develop master plans for all 33 park properties in the South Service area. The South Service Area is bounded by Cedar-Riverside and I-94 to the southern city limits and I-35W to the river. For more information about the process or to see design recommendations for other parks in the service area, visit https://www.minneapolisparks.org/park_care__improvements/park_projects/current_projects/south_service_area_master_plan/#group_3_224495

Corcoran Neighborhood Organization and MPRB staff worked hard to gather input from Corcoran residents and other park users over the last 16 months. That input and engagement helped shape the recommended plan but there is still time for your input. A 45-day public comment period will begin in June and the MPRB Commissioners will not vote on final approval until after the comment period.

The Public Comment Period regarding the draft master plan for South Service Area is open for 45 days starting June 17th. Submit official comments to the park board on its draft master plan for Corcoran Park. 

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