Recreation and Park Master Plan

Brooklyn Park, MN

Over the past fifteen years Brooklyn Park has become one of the most diverse communities in Minnesota. These demographic changes, combined with the need to reinvest in aging parks in older parts of the city and invest in new parks in developing areas, prompted the City to retain HKGi to develop a system-wide plan to guide investment and development for the next 25 years.
Because of the changing nature of the City, HKGi's work involved conducting a detailed needs assessment that helped identify facility and programming changes in response to specific cultural and demographic shifts and to recreation and park trends. The plan also identified near term and long term actions to redevelop the Mississippi River Corridor and establish continuous public open space along the riverfront.
As part of the system-wide planning process, HKGi also conducted a pilot neighborhood park planning project for Hartkopf Park. This pilot project consisted of three community cafes in which community members provided their thoughts and ideas on how the park could be improved. Besides identifying strategies for improving this neighborhood park, the pilot was important for developing and conducting initiatives to improve outreach and invite participation and engagement from the city's various ethnic communities and immigrant population.