Proposed Changes to the Fourth of July @ Powderhorn Park
For 122 years, Powderhorn Park in South Minneapolis has been home to Fourth of July Fireworks and a day-long community celebration. This annual summer tradition attracts a crowd of more than 20,000 for a day of family fun, live music and a unique fireworks display over Powderhorn Lake.
For the past several years, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA) have cohosted the event. For almost a decade, PPNA has been responsible for fundraising to cover the cost of the fireworks and entertainment. The MPRB provides space, park staff, security and event clean-up.
MPRB Proposed Changes to the Fourth of July @ Powderhorn Park
In late 2013, the MPRB notified PPNA that it is no longer feasible for the MPRB to support two events on the Fourth of July:
“Safety at events is a primary concern to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Independence Day celebrations across the city, including the city-wide celebration along the Mississippi Riverfront and the neighborhood celebration at Powderhorn Park, have stretched Park Police (and public safety partners) beyond capacity. The reality now is that MPRB Park Police cannot safely manage both the Mississippi Riverfront and Powderhorn Park events at the same time.
It is our opinion, because of the nature and size of the events, that we move the Powderhorn Park celebration to another day allowing for greater public safety resources at each event.”
It’s Time for a Community Discussion
PPNA and the MPRB will be cohosting a community meeting on January 23, 2014, for our neighbors to learn more and brainstorm on all options. This is an opportunity to facilitate a broader community conversation around the Fourth of July at Powderhorn Park and its future.
The Community Discussion will be a facilitated working session for the MPRB to explain the capacity constraints, and to gather ideas, concerns and suggestions from our neighborhood.
As we start this conversation, here are some questions to keep in mind:
PPNA Monthly Community Café Meeting
January 23 @ 6:00 pm
Powderhorn Park Recreation Center – 3400 15th Avenue S
Discussion Topic – 2014 Fourth of July @ Powderhorn Park
Nicholas Williams, MPRB Assistant Superintendent
Becky Timm, PPNA Executive Director