Parks & Recreation

Midtown Park - Under Hwy 53

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Project Status: Planning

Project Overview:

The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MNDOT) Twin Ports Interchange project, which will reconstruct I-35/I-535/Hwy 53 to improve safety, is actively moving forward. Originally anticipated to take place in 2026, this phase of the project was expedited due to the recent federal infrastructure funding package. Midtown Park, which was located entirely under the highway overpass at 20th Avenue West and 2nd Street and included a basketball court and a skatepark, will be removed and relocated as a result of the reconstruction project. The future Midtown Park is planned to be located at 22nd Avenue West and 1st Street, both under and adjacent to the bridge.

The City has contracted SEH Inc. to prepare construction documents, which will be provided to MNDOT and incorporated into the existing MNDOT plan-set. The updated plans will reflect a flattened, rather than sloped, surface under the bridge that is suitable for a future skatepark and will, at minimum, accommodate the existing skatepark features that were temporarily moved to Keene Creek Park. The updated plans will also include the resurfacing and regrading of the area adjacent to the bridge, which will provide an appropriate surface for additional park amenities in the future. While public engagement efforts regarding the new park location and potential park elements were led by MNDOT back in 2018 and 2019, the City anticipates additional public engagement efforts in the future to determine the best use of the green space adjacent to the bridge. Funding packages for these future park elements has yet to be determined.

Project Update:

In October, Park Maintenance staff facilitated resurfacing of space in Keene Creek Park to relocate Midtown Park’s skatepark equipment. Demolition of the highway overpass began in November.

The City is in the process of preparing construction documents, which will be provided to MNDOT and incorporated into the existing MNDOT plan-set. The updated plans will reflect a flattened, rather than sloped, surface under the bridge that is suitable for a future skatepark and will, at minimum, accommodate the existing skatepark features that were temporarily moved to Keene Creek Park. The updated plans will also include the resurfacing and regrading of the area adjacent to the bridge, which will provide an appropriate surface for additional park amenities in the future. While public engagement efforts regarding the new park location and potential park elements were led by MNDOT back in 2018 and 2019, the City anticipates additional public engagement efforts in the future to determine the best use of the green space adjacent to the bridge. 

Funding Source:

Funding packages for these future park elements has yet to be determined.

Project Partners:

Minnesota Department of Transportation