Minneapolis, MN

HKGi was selected to lead the first master plan update for Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park since the first master plan was established by Theodore Wirth in 1934. The first phase, master plan development, was completed in March 2015 when the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board approved the plan, which is designed to guide park improvements for the next 25 years. HKGi also led phase two of project, which involved identification of priority improvement projects and next steps necessary to commence plan implementation, and provided construction documentation and administration for implementation of the 54th Street playground and nearby crossing of Cedar Avenue.

HKGi collected input from park users and nearby neighborhood groups to understand what kind of experience the park offers visitors. This input was used to craft the master plan’s three vision themes that the plan is designed to accomplish: improve the natural setting and quality of the park; offer premier trail experiences that knit the park together; and continue to ensure quality recreation for everyone by enhancing existing amenities and adding key new facilities.

Some of the specific initiatives include applying a naturalized landscape of native plant types to enhance wildlife habitat and stormwater management efforts; more fully separate bike and pedestrian trails especially at points at which pedestrian, bicycle, and automotive traffic intersect; and make improvements to the three recreational activity centers within the park.