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The revised draft of Minneapolis 2040 was released in Fall 2018 for consideration by the Planning Commission and City Council.  Read more about how to comment on the revised draft plan.

NOTE CONTENT CHANGES: In response to public input, the proposed content of this policy has changed since its original draft publication on March 22, 2018. To hide or view the mark-ups click the link below.

Park Access: Make new and existing parks more accessible by biking and walking.

A healthy park system consists of not only high-quality parks, but also a robust network of trails and walkway connections. Children especially need to be able to safely walk or bike to nearby parks. From bike lanes and multi-use paths to sidewalks and greenways, these routes should be comfortable, safe, and well-maintained, integrating signage, lighting, and safe road crossings. City parks and connecting networks can connect uplink to larger regional parks and trails to create a significant recreational and ecological amenity for the entire region.


The City will seek to accomplish the following action steps to make new and existing parks more accessible by biking and walking.

  1. Continue to coordinate capital improvement planning between the City and Park Board in order to improve pedestrian and bicycle connections to and within parks.
  2. Consider physical barriers to park access, such as busy streets, lack of public transit options, and unsafe pedestrian crossings, when conducting citywide transportation planning.
  3. Improve wayfinding between parks and surrounding neighborhoods.
  4. Engage artists and communities in the development of place-specific identifiers for wayfinding.
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