Minneapolis to receive $500k from feds for new Northeast park

Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced that Minneapolis will receive $500,000 in federal grant money to build a new 3.5-acre part in Northeast.

"The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will develop a new 3.5-acre park on a former industrial site on the Mississippi River in northeastern Minneapolis," says a statement released by the department.

More from the release:

Sheridan Memorial Park will be located in an area that is underserved by recreation opportunities and characterized by significant low-income and minority populations, a larger youth population, and above-average rate of negative health issues. The grant will support development of a playground, a multi-purpose field, a picnic area, picnic shelter/restroom building, pathways connecting to a regional trail network, and an environmentally restored riverfront.

Minneapolis is one of eight U.S. cities receiving a total of $3 million in funds earmarked for "enhancing parks and other outdoor recreation facilities in disadvantaged neighborhoods."

The money comes from a new competitive grant program called the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership, which uses revenue from offshore oil and gas development for projects like the new Minneapolis park.