Phase 1: Strategic Plan Development

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Since March 2014, we have been collecting perspectives on what form the memorial should take from a broad range of people through a Community Visioning Process.  A wide variety of stakeholders and community members participated in the process in order to thoroughly research and authentically honor Parks’ legacy.  As a result, the community will have ownership of the plan in a way that will help guarantee its success.

During Phase 1, we have:

  • Collected over 400 surveys
  • Conducted focus groups
  • Organized a community workshop at the Mill City Museum as part of the 2014 One Read initiative (thousands of Minneapolis residents and schoolchildren read A Choice of Weapons, Parks’ autobiography about his time in the Twin Cities)
  • Managed an interactive booth at Rondo Days, where actor and voice artist Ronald Collier portrayed Gordon Parks
  • Facilitated round table discussions with members of the Parks family
  • Visited Parks’ hometown of Fort Scott, Kansas, and its Gordon Parks Museum
  • And more!!!

Click here to read the full Community Visioning Report.

Click here to download insights from the survey.

Click here to download the Phase 1 Executive Summary.

Through this Community Visioning Process, we have received an overwhelming call from participants to make a “living memorial”.  This memorial will play a role in the social and cultural development of the city and provide programming within a dynamic urban space in St. Paul.

What is a “living memorial?”

Click here to read about Phase 2: Preliminary Design.