The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will host a community meeting Tuesday, Feb. 15 to discuss improvements at Franklin Steele Square Park at Portland Avenue & East 16th Street in Elliot Park.
The park is one of the oldest in the city; the Park Board has $200,000 in its budget to replace the wading pool's outdated filtration system, project manager Deb Boyd said. An additional $150,000 will be sought from the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to make the bathroom in the park's shelter building accessible to people with disabilities. Other improvements could include new pathways and lighting.
While the Park Board has the money for the pool, the DNR money is far less certain; Boyd said the agency has only $800,000 for similar projects for the entire state.
Park Board Commissioner Vivian Mason will seek public input at the meeting, which will be held at the Elliot Park Recreation Center, 1000 E. 14th St., beginning at 6:30 p.m.