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What is The Commons?

Who owns The Commons?

Who manages / operates The Commons?

What is Green Minneapolis?

What sources fund the construction and ongoing operations of The Commons?

How do I submit maintenance feedback regarding The Commons?

Why is the lawn sometimes closed?

What happens to water at the splash pad?

Why won’t the splash pad spray work when I step on the button?

Are there public restrooms at The Commons?

Are dogs allowed at The Commons?

Why is there no smoking at The Commons?

Do you have a lost and found?

Is there security in the park?

This is a public park.  Why do I have to leave at 10 pm?

 

What is The Commons?

The Commons is a 4.2 acre public green space in downtown Minneapolis. The park is bounded by 4th and 5th Streets and Park Avenue and 5th Avenue.

Who owns The Commons?

The park is owned and operated by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB). 

Who manages / operates The Commons?

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) has contracted with Green Minneapolis to operate, manage and program the park. The park operator is responsible for the coordination of standard maintenance activities such as irrigation, mowing, trash removal, snow and ice control, etc.

What is Green Minneapolis?

Green Minneapolis is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 conservancy established to advance the vitality of downtown Minneapolis through parks and greening. Green Minneapolis envisions a green future for downtown, with tree-lined streets and active public spaces. Learn more about Green Minneapolis.

What sources fund the construction and ongoing operations of The Commons?

Both public and private contributions funded the design, construction and initial operations of The Commons.

The Commons' annual operating budget is funded with a combination of public and private contributions that include: The City of Minneapolis, revenue from program sponsorships, revenue from Use & Event Fees (event rentals), and philanthropic support.

How do I submit maintenance feedback regarding The Commons?

Please email info@commonsmpls.com, call 612-339-0910, or call 311.

Why is the lawn sometimes closed?

Closing the lawn after large events or heavy rain is a necessary measure to ensure it remains healthy and available for public use for the entire season.The Commons staff monitors the condition of the lawn daily and will post signs if it will be closed to rest.

What happens to water at the splash pad?

Water from the splash pad collects in a large underground tank and is cycled into the park’s irrigation system. Unless the tank were to reach capacity (which is unlikely), no water from the splash pad is wasted.

Why won’t the splash pad spray work when I step on the button?

The on switch works best when tapped by a bare hand or foot.

Are there public restrooms at The Commons?

There are six temporary restroom units on the East Block of The Commons near Park Avenue. Two of the units are ADA accessible.

Operating hours of the restrooms vary by season. They may also be locked by our park hosts if units are in need of maintenance.

Permanent restroom facilities may be built in the future.

Are dogs allowed at The Commons?

Dogs are welcome at The Commons. They must be leashed at all times, and owners must direct their dogs to use the dedicated Dog Relief Area, a small gravel area located on Park Avenue near 5th St. S. Owners are responsible to pick up after their pet. Dog relief is not permitted on any of the lawns.

Why is there no smoking at The Commons?

In accordance with City and Park Board policies, The Commons is smoke-free. Tobacco products are prohibited at The Commons, including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and chewing tobacco. This provides a more pleasant and cleaner environment for everyone. Park hosts can direct users to nearby, offsite locations where tobacco use is permitted.

Do you have a lost and found?

Park hosts collect lost items and retain them for a period of one month. Please contact a park host or call 612-339-0910 with your inquiry.

Is there security in the park?

Park hosts oversee The Commons during daytime hours. A private security company monitors the park at night when the park is closed to the public.

This is a public park.  Why do I have to leave at 10 pm?

Mirroring other City and MPRB public space guidelines, The Commons is closed to recreational use between the hours of 10pm and 6am.  After hours, the public is permitted to travel through The Commons as a path to another destination, but not to linger within the park.