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Minneapolis park gets $500K federal grant to expand

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A big grant from the federal government will help Minneapolis develop a new park in the Sheridan neighborhood in northeast Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board announced Tuesday it'll receive $500,000 from the Interior Department, from a program that provides money to develop parks and open space in urban areas. It's one of eight recipients of the grant money.

The money will go toward developing Sheridan Memorial Park, a 3.5-acre area located along the Mississippi River on a former industrial site north of Broadway. According to the Star Tribune, the Park Board already owns most of that property.

The park is home to a veteran's memorial that was built near the riverside and dedicated last year.

The grant, which will be matched by the Park Board for a total of $1 million, will pay for recreational features such as a playground, a large grassy open playing field, a picnic area and shelter, and paths for pedestrians and bikes.

According to the Park Board, the Sheridan neighborhood doesn't have much in the way of "recreation opportunities," has a significant low-income and minority population, and a lot of kids. So development of the park fits well with the goals of the federal grant.

Park Board President Liz Wielinski said in a statement the board is "thrilled" to receive the grant.

"It will allow us to develop some of the recreational features within the park and increase park use by the community and the region," she said.

Sheridan Park is one piece of the city's 1999 Above The Falls master plan, which calls for redeveloping the upper riverfront in Minneapolis, according to the Star Tribune.

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