In 2001, Minnetonka voters passed a $15 million parks and open space bond referendum. Half of the money was earmarked for the renewal of the city’s 43 parks, with the other half to be used for open space preservation within Minnetonka. Eight years later, the parks renewal program is nearly complete, with only a few of Minnetonka’s parks remaining.
Neighborhoods were actively involved in developing renewal plans for their parks. The city consulted with park users to help us identify the wants and needs of the neighborhood and then did their best to incorporate the ideas brought forth into a plan that best fits all of the park users needs. Each park in the Minnetonka system is different, so some parks needed minimal redevelopment, while others had greater opportunity for changes. Those residents who participated were enthusiastic about the process and pleased that their voices are being heard. The city is committed to incorporating neighborhood choices into park designs—from the overall layout to the color of the play structures.
On November 13, 2001, the Minnetonka City Council reviewed and approved the following prioritization schedule for the years 2002 through 2006. With this plan, a variety of different park sizes and classifications were renewed each year.
- Parks renewal process presentation (PDF)
- Parks renewal process schedule (PDF)
- Parks renewal process flowchart (PDF)
You can view archived information about the parks renewal process for individual parks by visiting the page for a particular park. Links to these pages can be found on the Parks page.