Parks as important as ever

Parks offer a much-needed respite from a world combating the coronavirus pandemic. With residents spending even more time in parks than usual, planning for the future of Bloomington’s park system remains a top priority for the City. Work continues on Bloomington’s Park System Master Plan, and learning from the community about what is wanted and needed in the City’s parks, trails, facilities and amenities is as important as ever. 

The online platform, project bloom!, has generated 5,887 visits and 496 comments from park users. Natural resources, environmental sustainability, equity, park and trail connections, and community gathering have emerged as some of the highest priorities for online respondents.   

With the COVID-19 outbreak limiting in-person meeting opportunities, new and innovative approaches were needed to continue providing meaningful engagement opportunities. The project bloom! site has expanded and now features a new survey and idea board.

A similar survey will be featured in the July Briefing. It can be cut out, completed and mailed in or placed in drop boxes at parks throughout the City. 

On June 11 and 13, virtual facilitated discussions will take place. The project website at blm.mn/parks-master-plan will include a link to join the video conferences and a phone number to call if you require technical assistance. For more information, call 952-563-8877.

Staff will continue developing new ways for park users to provide input so everyone has the chance to help plan the future of Bloomington’s parks and outdoor spaces.