Community closing in on MLK Park design

A final community meeting will detail the playground equipment options for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park at 41st & Nicollet.


The preferred plan features colorful peace poles designed by community kids, and a hillside amphitheater and stage for children. A small plaza could provide benches, game tables, and bus seats that reflect Rosa Parks’ legacy. The base of a staircase into the playground could include King’s quote: “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”


The estimated cost of the park is $519,500. The funding would include $225,000 from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and $55,000 raised by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Council, Kingfield Neighborhood Association, neighbors and local businesses.


An online survey on the draft park concept is available thru Feb. 17 at


The meeting is Feb. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the park, 4055 Nicollet Ave. Children are welcome to weigh in on the design options, and free childcare is provided.