City parks

Planning for the future of Bloomington parks

Work has been underway on the Park System Master Plan for about a year. The plan will be a road map that shapes the future of our neighborhoods, addresses our community’s quality of life and determines how the City meets the needs of park users. It will be used to plan and complete park improvements, help with City capital improvements and ensure that changes and investments to the park system fit into the bigger picture of better serving the community.

In January, the City Council reviewed the draft language of the vision, mission and guiding principles of the Park System Master Plan. These will serve as the foundation for future decisions. The guiding principles of the plan are to be Bloomington (be inconic), be essential, be equitable and be resilient. These will serve as the foundation for future decisions about the park system. 

The planning process will be done in the summer, but there’s still time to let your priorities for Bloomington’s parks be known. There are seven surveys on Let’s Talk Bloomington covering topics that gather input about potential year-round park buildings and service areas, inclusive play locations where children of all abilities can play together, skate park locations, splash pad locations, dog park locations, and bike skills area locations. 

To read and comment on the full current plan draft or fill out the surveys, visit or call 952-563-8700.