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Brooklyn Park 2025: planning the city's future

What do we want Brooklyn Park to be like in the year 2025? The Brooklyn Park community came up with Brooklyn Park 2025, a plan for the future of Brooklyn Park.

About the plan

While the City of Brooklyn Park will work to accomplish this plan through clear, measurable steps, it isn’t just a plan for City Hall. It’s a plan for our entire community.

We know many of these goals aren’t in the power of city government. We need your help. Every adult, youth, business, school, and organization can contribute to make these goals a reality. Let’s put our resources together to make Brooklyn Park a thriving community, inspiring pride, where opportunities exist for all.

Proposed goals

1: A united and welcoming community, strengthened by our diversity

What it looks like:

  • We have connected neighbors who understand and celebrate our unique cultures.
  • Brooklyn Park is unified with a strong positive identity and image.
  • Our community's activities, events and services are inclusive, multi-cultural, and accessible.
  • We have places and spaces for diverse communities to gather.
  • Residents of every age contribute to our community.

2: Beautiful spaces and quality infrastructure make Brooklyn Park a unique destination

What it looks like:

  • Modern transportation options (drive, ride, walk, bike) connect people to education, jobs, and recreation.
  • Quality recreation and park amenities inspire activity for all ages and interests.
  • Our rich diversity is showcased through our vibrant music, arts, food, entertainment, and cultural scene.
  • Attractive key corridors, corners, and city centers create destinations that meet community needs.
  • Quality and well-maintained housing for all ages and incomes are integrated throughout the community.

3: A balanced economic environment that empowers businesses and people to thrive.

What it looks like:

  • People of all ages and backgrounds enjoy financial stability.
  • Residents and visitors support an abundance of retail stores, restaurants, and entertainment venues.
  • Our business environment inspires private investment and job growth.
  • Businesses and organizations of all types, sizes and specialties start, stay and grow here. (e.g. local networks and resources support businesses)
  • We are a leader in environmental sustainability, benefiting our economy and community.

4: People of all ages have what they need to feel healthy and safe

What it looks like:

  • Neighborhoods are empowered and supported by strengthened positive relationships with police.
  • Youth are engaged in positive and quality experiences.
  • Aging adults have services and amenities to thrive and age in place.
  • Everyone has access to quality healthy food options.
  • People have access to quality medical and emergency care.

5: Partnerships that increase racial and economic equity empower residents and neighborhoods to prosper.

What it looks like:

  • Each resident has access to the training and support needed to get and keep a living wage job. (e.g. Job skills training, childcare)
  • Each student graduates high school with a pathway to college or career. (e.g. Pre-k, rec programs, BrookLynk)
  • Aging neighborhoods and commercial centers are revitalized through continuous investment.
  • The community provides necessary supports and services for community members to overcome life challenges such as hunger, mental illness, and homelessness.

6: Effective and engaging government recognized as a leader.

What it looks like:

  • The City provides quality services at a reasonable cost.
  • Elected officials, commissions, and city staff reflect the diversity of the community and are culturally competent.
  • City information is clear, accessible, and delivered in ways that meet the community's needs.
  • City laws are understandable, equitably enforced, and relevant to the community.
  • The City is well-managed and recognized as a great place to work.

Next steps

Determine the measurements

City staff and community members will figure out what data to measure, so we can see if we are making progress toward each goal.

Approve the plan

In March, the City Council will vote on the Brooklyn Park 2025 Community Plan, which includes the goals and measurements.

Start the work

The City will coordinate with other organizations and community members on what everyone will work on.

For the city's part, we will form project teams and plans around short-term priorities and projects. Each department will also form their business plans around Brooklyn Park 2025, so we're all working toward achieving the goals.

You can help!

Stay engaged!

Come to our monthly Community Engagement Gathering or sign up for emails.

Get creative

Get creative about how you, your family, your neighborhood or organization can help achieve the Brooklyn Park 2025 community goals.

Steering committee

These people helped pull all the input and feedback together and fine tuned the goals.

Brooklyn Park 2025 steering committee

Back row, left to right: Jay Stroebel, Jody Yungers, Dan Ruiz, Tony Miller, Pa Ann, Terry Park, Rich Gates, Josie Shardlow

Front row, left to right: Heidi Ritchie, Chioma Onwukwe, Craig Enevoldsen, Kendra Kuhlmann, Renee Martin, Susan Pha, Wokie Freeman

Not pictured: Reva Chamblis, Kristi Corey, Imam Dukuly, Dan Hall, Johnny Lee, Cindy Sherman, Mike Trepanier

Summary of themes from community input

During the summer of 2016 members of our community gave their input for Brooklyn Park 2025, our new community plan. This plan tells the City and its community partners what to focus on over the coming years to make Brooklyn Park the best it can be. 

Here’s what you said!

We focused on four key questions to understand your priorities.

What key words would you use to describe the community of Brooklyn Park today?

Word cloud indicating the most used word in answers which are: diverse, growing, diversity, parks, community, friendly

What do you love most about Brooklyn Park?

Word cloud indicating what people love most about Brooklyn Park, which are: parks, diversity, community, neighborhoods, close, people, trails, location, access

What are the most important issues or challenges that affect our quality of life in Brooklyn Park?

  • Crime
  • Safety
  • Youth perception and experience of crime and violence
  • Lack of enforcement of city code
  • Diverse and transparent communication with residents
  • Inadequate public relations and negative public image
  • Diversity creates new challenges
  • Inclusion of diverse populations
  • Lack of community spaces and events to create opportunities for diverse communities to come together
  • Rental housing maintenance and integration across the city
  • Affordable housing options for all, including seniors and homeless
  • Racial disparities in the community (access to services, income, achievement gap, opportunities, representation)
  • Lack of adequate transportation options within the city
  • Achievement gap and graduation rate; quality of schools
  • Lack of out-of-school activities and job opportunities for youth; lack of community places for youth activities
  • Lack of jobs that offer a livable wage; disparities of income
  • A community that is diverse but divided
  • Lack of access to quality and specialized health care
  • Negative perception of Brooklyn Park by outsiders due to crime and violence
  • Lack of access to government provided/human services for diverse groups of people
  • Lack of diverse representation at the decision-maker/leadership level
  • Lack of policy and enforcement of policies in terms of housing (especially with rental properties)
  • Lack of community identity; nothing that says “I am Brooklyn Park”
  • Poor water quality
  • More can be done by the city government to combat perception of crime (e.g. with media) and combating crime

As we look forward to 2025, what do you want to see in Brooklyn Park?

Education

  • Graduation rates will increase
  • More high school students will go on to college
  • The quality of schools and educational facilities will improve

Disparities and equity

  • Income and racial disparities will be reduced or eliminated.
  • Economic and geographic divides will cease to exist.
  • An inclusive environment will be strengthened with increased multi-cultural activities and services and opportunities for all people. 

Economy

  • Employment opportunities will increase for a diverse local workforce and for youth.
  • There will be increased financial stability for families to remain long-term
  • More retail stores and restaurants will open so residents spend money here on entertainment and revenue from visitors increases.

Community relations

  • Diversity in city government/leadership will increase in order to better represent communities
  • Diversity will be embraced and celebrated where people better understand and mix with different cultures.
  • Brooklyn Park will be more unified and friendly; known as a strong community where people feel more connected to each other.

Safety and crime

  • Crime and violence will be reduced, especially for youth, which will improve public perception.
  • People will feel more safe where they live and work that includes better lighting on streets.
  • Better relations will be built between police and neighborhoods, especially focusing on youth.

Housing

  • The quality, type and maintenance of housing will be improved, especially rental properties and options for seniors
  • There will be more affordable housing without decreasing property values
  • Low-income housing will be integrated into new residential developments

Transportation

  • Public transit will improve, especially the light rail that connects people to jobs, opportunities, and new locations.
  • Use of cars will decrease because walking, biking, and use of buses and light rail will increase.
  • Quality of roads, sidewalks, and trails will improve.

Parks and recreation

  • More quality parks and a recreation/event center will help make Brooklyn Park a destination for residents to enjoy and for non-residents to visit.
  • More green spaces and areas with trees will be maintained
  • Park infrastructure will improve and activities such as playgrounds, sports, pools/splash pads, cultural events will be more available

What would the headlines be in the Sun Post or StarTribune?

Quality of life

  • Best place to live, work and raise a family
  • Brooklyn Park voted safest community in MN
  • BP is a place where you can raise your children and retire

Unity and diversity

  • Brooklyn Park champions mixed neighborhoods
  • Most successful diverse little big city!
  • Brooklyn Park integrates low income housing into new residential developments
  • BP Model City for Racial Equity
  • Brooklyn Park the city with economic opportunities for all
  • City Council Reflects Changing Faces of the City
  • City of BP has most POC that own businesses and lowest people living in poverty

Education

  • Brooklyn Park has 100% graduation rate
  • #1 in the state for education
  • Most number/percentage of high school students entering college or graduating

Destination

  • Brooklyn Park welcomes another fortune 500 company to the community
  • Brooklyn Park is a destination city for sports, shopping and entertainment
  • Award winning event center unveiled in Brooklyn Park
  • Brooklyn Park destination hub drives visitors to the community
  • Rated #1 city to live in 2025 - great parks, trails, restaurants, businesses, welcoming to new residents
  • Beautiful new aquatic facility opens

Renewable energy

  • Clean Green City
  • Brooklyn Park is a Solar Energy City!

Transportation/LRT

  • BP light rail drives jobs and economic development in the community
  • Light rail connects people to Brooklyn Park
  • Light rail opens, connecting people to jobs and opportunities

How people shared their input

When we asked for ideas for goals and when we asked for feedback on those goals, we gathered the voices of nearly 2500 community members who live, work, learn, and play here through: 

  • 6 community cafés: invite mailed to every household in the city plus specific events for partnering organizations, community leaders, commissioners and City Council
  • 6 tables at community events like Tater Daze and Senior Forum
  • 94 mini-interviews with youth at Zanewood
  • 17 community groups meetings (civic organizations, parents groups, etc.)
  • 9 white boards at locations around the city
  • 1 online forum
  • Input from about 125 city staff

Contact us

City Hall

5200 85th Ave. N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
View map and directions to City Hall

Hours

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Holiday hours

We are closed February 20 for Presidents' Day.

Phone and email

Josie Shardlow
763-493-8388
Email Josie Shardlow

 
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