There's a New Park in South Minneapolis. What Should it be Named?

A concept plan for a new park in South Minneapolis at the Cepro site next to the Midtown Greenway.
Long operating as a green space, the Cepro site is now under the umbrella of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

By: Anthony Brousseau

There’s a new park in South Minneapolis, and you can help name it.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board announced Hennepin County has transferred ownership of the Cepro site at 2828 11th Avenue South to the board.

The 1.65-acre site has operated as a green space for years, but now maintenance and improvement of the area will fall under the umbrella of the park board. The site lies right next to the Midtown Greenway and just blocks from Powderhorn Park.

The board already has proposed plans for the future of the park, including a stage and amphitheater, a playground, a picnic area and more. Hennepin County has given the park board a $300,000 grant to implement these improvements. You can view the concept plan for the park here.

If you want to weigh in on the permanent name of the new park, click here. Below are the park board's rules for park names.

  1. Park sites, centers, shelters or other special facilities may have a geographic or historic name appropriate to the park or building site.
  2. Park sites, centers and special facilities may also be given a name which depicts their function. 
  3. Park sites, centers, shelters or other special facilities may also be named after an individual whom the Board has determined to have made a substantial contribution to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
  4. Park sites, centers, shelters or special facilities may also be named after an individual at the local, state, national or international level who, in the Board’s judgment, put forth significant effort or substantially promoted causes which furthered the goals and objectives which the Board has for the Minneapolis Park System. 
  5. Naming after any individual may not take place until at least two years after the person’s name has been nominated in writing.