New Community Engagement Framework to guide shared vision for George Floyd Square

October 23, 2023

City leaders have developed a George Floyd Square Community Engagement Framework – a plan for developing a shared vision for George Floyd Square in south Minneapolis.

The framework builds upon extensive community engagement work conducted over the past two years by City staff and partners at the intersection.  

Following the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 by a Minneapolis police officer, the intersection of 38th & Chicago has become an internationally known gathering place for mourning, reflection and calls for racial justice. The intersection was officially renamed to George Perry Floyd Square on May 25, 2022.

The Community Engagement Framework outlines the City’s community engagement approach for three elements of George Floyd Square, including:

  • Identifying a future community-centered owner and use for the Peoples Way at 3744 Chicago Ave. The City purchased the former gas station, now known as the Peoples Way, in June 2023 and will own and manage the site until a community-centered buyer is identified through a request for qualifications (RFQ) process.
  • Establishing goals and locations for future memorials and defining the City’s role.
  • Designing a concept layout for the right-of-way design (street infrastructure) that integrates into a cohesive vision for George Floyd Square. In April 2022, the City’s Public Works Department launched the 38th & Chicago Re-Envisioned Project to engage community members on a redesign of the right-of-way infrastructure.

Next steps

City staff plan to hold an event in early 2024 to recap engagement efforts at George Floyd Square to date and discuss how community members can get involved in efforts moving forward.

The City will also be issuing a request for proposals (RFP) later this year for a consultant team to support future engagement efforts.

Learn more about work underway at George Floyd Square and sign up for updates on the City’s website.