Pioneer Park is one of Little Canada's largest parks. This large 33 acres community park was developed in 1991 and currently serves Little Canada residents and surrounding areas. As a community park, we want to make sure that the park is genuinely serving the needs of the city.
As the City is currently working on a Master Plan for Pioneer Park. Before gathering input from the Community, the City partnered with the University of Minnesota Resilient Communities Project (RCP) program. RCP is a program at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) that connects University faculty and students with Minnesota communities to address strategic projects that advance local resilience and sustainability.
RCP first collaborated with the City in the Summer of 2020 to create the Best Practices for Community Engagement guide. From that guide, Community Engagement began in the Fall of 2020.
To create a long-term vision for the future of Pioneer Park, it was important to provide an all-inclusive engagement strategy. The engagement strategy included three different areas. Those areas were Youth Engagement, Focus Groups & Individual Interviews, and a Community Survey. The results and analysis documents of each of those areas can be found here: