Park Board hosting skate park discussions

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August 8, 2013
By: Mike Munzenrider
Mike Munzenrider
Park Board aims to develop an activity plan for its six city skate parks

As suburbs both east and west of Minneapolis complete construction of new or updated skate parks this summer, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is currently developing an activity plan for skate parks and has announced two public skate park meetings.

The Park Board runs six city skate parks, including a 6,000 square foot installation at Northeast’s Bottineau Park, 2000 2nd St. N.E., which opened in 2006. It would be an item of discussion at the meetings.

The first meeting is 6 p.m.–8 p.m. Aug. 22 at Park Board headquarters, 2117 West River Road. The second meeting is 10 a.m.–noon Sept. 7 at Armatage Park Recreation Center, 2500 W. 57th St.

These are the first public meetings in what has been a yearlong effort by the Park Board to develop the activity plan. Previously, the Park Board met with a steering committee of skateboarders, parents and skate-related business owners.

Earlier this summer, Park Board received 1,339 responses to an online survey regarding skate park preferences; a final draft of the plan is expected later this year. Click here for more information from the Park Board on development of the activity plan.

The Northeast Park Master Plan, which would update the park in 2015 and 2016, could also include the construction of a skate park.