Windom Park will receive a major upgrade in 2014, utilizing over $200,000 in funding from the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP).
The park's facelift will include a yet to be determined “signature item.” The Windom Park Citizens in Action (WIPCiA) Parks Committee will be soliciting community input and surveying different options in 2013, and hope to begin construction in 2014. A zipline and a giant slide were ideas that were discussed at a Jan. 15 neighborhood meeting.
The MPRB has pledged $150,000 for general upgrades to the playground and maintenance and upkeep expenses. Parks Commissioner Liz Wielinski will lead tours of other recently-upgraded parks in Minneapolis throughout 2013. These tours will help gain an understanding of the different park enhancement options that are available at different costs.
A Windom Parks Citizens In Action committee will use $59,159 of its NRP funding to put towards a signature item, improve access to bathrooms and water fountains, reflect the Windom Park artist's community, and increase cultural, community and family-focused activities.
The neighborhood group plans to bring three to four different options to the students at Pillsbury Elementary to see what they are interested in before moving forward with any final plans.
Any Windom Park resident that wishes to weigh in on the park enhancement effort should attend the monthly Parks Committee meeting, which is held on the second Wednesday of every month from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Windom Park addition at Pillsbury Elementary (2251 Hayes St. NE).