Residents invited to meetings on Park Board’s new hub model

Recreation centers in Southwest are about to undergo a number of changes, changes that residents are invited to help mold.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is slowly rolling out a community service areas (CSA) system in which centers no longer provide everything to everyone. They instead will be combined with other recreation centers into hubs, or community service areas, where they will complement each other with the underlying idea that fewer, more focused services will be delivered better than many unfocused services.

The system already has been implemented in other parts of the city, most notably Northeast, Park Board planner Jennifer Ringold said. There, communities that before had trouble providing a soccer program for girls now already have two girls soccer teams and two co-ed teams.

“It’s really about tailoring services to the community,” Ringold said.

A trio of upcoming meetings will allow Southwest residents to share their hopes for three in-development service areas:

– Residents living near Armatage, Kenny, Lynnhurst and Windom parks are invited to learn about plans for a Lakes South CSA at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lynnhurst Park, 1345 Minnehaha Parkway.

– Residents who live near Fuller, Martin Luther King and Lyndale Farmstead parks are invited to learn about a Lakes Southeast CSA at 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Park, 4800 Grand Ave. S.

– Residents who live near Bryant Square, Painter and Whittier parks are invited to learn about a Lakes East CSA at 6:30 p.m. March 26.

For more information, call 230-6400 or go to www.minneapolisparks.org.