Pop-up parks designed to deter youth crime

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June 16, 2014 // UPDATED 5:00 pm - June 16, 2014
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

The city is partnering with the Park Board this summer on a new pop-up park program designed to keep youth out of trouble.

The first pop-up park will be at Penn Avenue North and Golden Valley Road — a location the Minneapolis Police Department has identified as a crime hotspot. The eight-week program started today.

The pop-up park will travel to different sites, including parks, vacant lots and business parking lots. Most days the park will be in North Minneapolis. 

There will be food, games, art and music at the pop-up parks. Activities will be geared toward youth ages 12 to 17. The hours for the pop-up park will be 4–9 p.m., Monday–Saturday. 

The new partnership was an idea that came out of the city's Blueprint for Action to Prevent Youth Violence, according to a news release sent out by the mayor's office.

"This is the type of collaboration we need to stop crime before it even begins," said Mayor Betsy Hodges in a statement. "Pop-up parks will connect kids across the city to caring adults and provide social environments to teens that want pro-social activities but don't have access to them."

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau said the pop-up parks will help the Police Department promote safe neighborhoods.  

"I believe the pop-up parks will not only help us continue this public safety conversation but they will also rally the stakeholders together," she said