Commons Park Development: Creating a Space that is Friendly for All* (1:00pm-5:00pm)

Wednesday, September 13

How do you transform an area that is high demand for people walking or using wheelchairs, and people on bikes, to be friendly for all? In this workshop we’ll explore the area around Commons Park, a 4.2 acre public green space in downtown Minneapolis, designed for recreation, everyday activities and events for residents, workers, and visitors. The streets adjoining the park include the city’s first sidewalk-grade protected bike lanes. Delineating space that is safe and comfortable for people walking and people on bikes brings unique design challenges, especially at intersections. We’ll explore lessons learned through this design and implementation process.


  • Beth Elliott, Senior Urban Planner and Planning Group Leader, Stantec
  • Phil Gravel, Principal, Stantec
  • Amanda Wigen, Director of Programming & Events, Green Minneapolis