Just a couple of blocks south from U.S. Bank Stadium, Elliot Park sits across 8th Street from Hennepin County Medical Center in Downtown Minneapolis. Family-friendly amenities include a playground with tot lot, a wading pool and a skate park. It also has sports courts and fields and picnic areas, all coming together to offer a green space in the middle of downtown.
Elliot Park Skatepark
The skate park, originally built in 2004, was replaced in 2021. It is one of the six skate parks currently maintained by MPRB. While skaters have always liked the park's central location they found the placement of features to be awkward and difficult to maneuver. The expanded and enhanced skate park is the largest in Minneapolis and includes a variety of new features, including:
- a skateable seat wall
- quarter pipe
- rail and ledges.
Minneapolis Parks also added patio seating and planted and seeded raingardens, a pollinator-friendly lawn, and new trees. Many of the old skate features that were removed were repurposed to expand the skate park at Creekview Park.
Other Upgrades to the Park
Besides the updates to the skate park, MPRB will be added four new light poles to the athletic field, allowing evening play. They added two new rain gardens and a permeable patio will help infiltrate runoff from the skate park. Existing pedestrian and path lighting was replaced throughout the park. Additional bike racks were added; this park already had a bike pump available.
Free Summer Meals for Kids at Elliot Park
Elliot traditionally participates in the summer meals program, offering children under 18 years old a free weekday meals during summer break. Find current hours and locations here.
Elliot Recreation Center
Elliot Recreation Center is one of the air conditioned park buildings. The public can use the computer lab and multi-purpose room during open hours. There is a kitchen, craft room and meeting rooms available to rent.