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Farwell Park, 1201 N Sheridan Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55411
612-230-6400
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 06:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Tue. 06:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Wed. 06:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Thu. 06:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Fri. 06:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Sat. 06:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Sun. 06:00 AM – 12:00 AM
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Farwell Park is a small neighborhood park in the Homewood neighborhood of North Minneapolis. Family-friendly amenities include a large playground with fun play equipment, space for picnics with charcoal grills and plenty of green space for open-ended play. A paved path runs through the park, circling the play area and leading out on the east side of the park on Farwell Avenue. Except in the area of the playground and the open green space, the park is canopied with mature trees. The park does not have restrooms or off-street parking.

The park is often the location of events featuring local music, art, and spoken word planned and hosted by the neighborhood organization.

Farwell Playground

The playground equipment at this park was most recently updated in 2001 and is due for an update in the near future. The playground is located off Thomas Avenue on the west side of this single-block park, one-acre park. The tot lot is located close enough to the main playground that a parent can keep an eye on the bigger kids while supervising the younger kids.

Updates to Farwell Park

In 2021, MPRB has began the process of planning updates to this park. They noted a lack of connecting paths that could create the ability to stroll around the park and that much of the park’s seating is in disrepair. As noted, the playground equipment is nearly 20 years old and there are no nearby pools or splash pads. Construction was originally expected in 2022, but has been pushed back to 2023. A draft concept plan was completed in February of 2022, which includes the following planned updates:

  • Updated playground equipment: Proposed improvements include:
    1. A tot lot for kids ages 2-5 with a construction theme.
    2. A playground for kids ages 5-12 with a “City life meets nature” theme.
    3. A play hill, which will be a grassy berm with climbing rocks and play features, and a separate swinging area.
    4. The walkway around the playground will have road stripes, which will be perfect for young kids learning to bike or skate.
    5. Benches will be strategically placed around the playgrounds for parents to sit while kids play.
  • The splash pad proposal is on hold, but will possibly be implemented at a later phase.  For now there will be a seating area in that space with picnic tables from which parents will have a view of both playgrounds.
  • Pollinator-Friendly Native Planting Area along the Thomas Avenue side of the main playground. Interpretive panels will share information about the plantings in both English and Spanish.
  • Improved and Accessible Pathways: The paths will create a loop that could be strolled.
  • Site Amenities: These would include bike racks, benches, a new drinking fountain, ADA portable toilet with decorative screen and ADA ramp improvements.

Earlier proposals that appear to be on hold or abandoned had included:

  • A small, but permanent performance stage to accommodate the popular programs
  • A connection for bicyclists to the Plymouth Avenue Bikeway and the coming Blue-Line Light Rail.
  • A small park building or kiosk near the play areas that could create a screened platform for a portable toilet.

Learn more in MPRB’s North Service Area Master Plan.

Farwell Park is a small neighborhood Park in North Minneapolis
Farwell Park is a small neighborhood Park in North Minneapolis

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