Improvements planned for Armatage, Linden Hills parks

Linden Hills park
New projects will rebuild the playgrounds at Linden Hills (above) and Armatage parks in 2021. Photo by Andrew Hazzard

Two neighborhood parks in Southwest Minneapolis are slated for playground improvements. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is planning to update the children’s play areas at Armatage and Linden Hills parks in 2021 and has been soliciting community feedback on potential designs.

Both parks are set to receive updates to their current playground spaces that include improvements to play areas designed for children aged 2-5 and those between 5 and 12 years of age.

While each park would be up to ADA accessibility standards, the playground at Armatage Park is being specifically designed to be universally accessible to children with a wide range of disabilities. Features in such playgrounds typically include wheelchair-friendly surfacing and ramps to all platforms.

Both projects will likely begin scheduling following the final approval of the Southwest Service Area Master Plan, which has seen its public hearing delayed multiple times due to COVID-19 but is expected to receive commissioner approval in the coming months. The Southwest Service Area Master Plan also calls for a new nature play area at Linden Hills Park.

The Armatage Park improvements are estimated to cost about $300,000 and will be paid for mostly using dollars from the 2019 capital improvement program and about $3,000 in local park dedication fees. The Linden Hills project is expected to cost about $291,000 and will also be paid for using 2019 capital improvement dollars.