Honoring a legacy
At Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Minneapolis’ Nicollet Avenue, imaginative play is paired with interactive learning through custom built playground installations that honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and that celebrate important African American history.
The playground was the vision of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Council, which, in turn, partnered with community members, local artists, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and other funders to bring it to fruition. It was precisely the kind of project Hennepin County aims to support through its Youth Sports grant program.
The program, established through a provision written into the Twins ballpark sales tax, has made a positive difference for communities throughout the county. It has helped replace empty lots with soccer fields, erect a multipurpose dome to let kids to play during winter months, create a wheelchair-friendly baseball diamond, develop a state-of-the-art community pool and much, much more.