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Plan would make $1.25M of improvements to Minnehaha Creek area in Minneapolis

The Minneapolis park board is seeking comments on the draft Master Plan.
A section rendering of a portion of Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail re-envisioned according to the draft Master Plan. 

A section rendering of a portion of Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail re-envisioned according to the draft Master Plan. 

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is seeking input from community members on its draft Master Plan for more than $1 million of improvements to the Minnehaha Creek area in Minneapolis. 

The MPRB published the draft Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan on June 19, a news release says. People have until Aug. 3 to comment on it (you can do so here).

The draft Master Plan, once approved, will make improvements to  the area's ecology and water management, including flood mitigation, as well as improvements to biker and walker safety and recreation.

Highlights of the plan

Here are some of the highlights from the draft Master Plan: 

  • Adding 1.7 miles to Minnehaha Creek within Minneapolis
  • Creating water-cleansing, habitat-enhancing wetlands and floodplain improvements
  • Turning the Lake Harriet tributary into a free-flowing stream
  • Removing phosphorous to meet the city's and MPRB's responsibility for phosphorous reduction in the Minnehaha Creek and Lake Hiawatha
  • Biker and walker safety improvements near Lynnhurst Park, 50th Street and Portland Avenue, Minnehaha Parkway and Bloomington Avenue, and Minnehaha Parkway and Cedar Avenue. 
  • Adding new canoe/kayak launches aimed at making it easier to paddle Minnehaha Creek
  • Adding a new adventure play area under the Nicollet Avenue bridge
  • Adding bike skills and mountain bike parks near Bloomington Avenue and near 34th Avenue
  • Adding a westward extension of the bike and pedestrian trails from Lynnhurst Park to Morgan Avenue

What's next?

Publishing the draft Master Plan is the latest step in the years-long process to improve the area. The Master Plan is funded with at least $256,000 from the Parks and Trails Legacy Fund, the MPRB website says.

After the comment period closes, the MPRB will modify the draft Master Plan based on comments and a public hearing will be held, likely this fall. 

The MPRB will then consider adopting the Master Plan. 

Once the plan is adopted, MPRB will implement roughly $1.25 million in capital improvements, based on the Master Plan, with funding from the Parks and Trails Legacy Fund.

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