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Gallery: Two proposals revealed for new Bde Maka Ska pavilion

The original pavilion caught fire and was torn down in 2019.
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The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is looking at two potential concepts to replace the Bde Maka Ska pavilion that caught fire in 2019.

The park board published drafts of the two concepts Thursday. The Bde Maka Ska pavilion and food stand, which was home to Lola on the Lake, caught fire from someone's Hookah embers in May of 2019 and was torn down shortly after.

Two proposals being considered by the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board split the pavilion into two buildings. The park board is seeking the public’s feedback on the concepts through an online survey through April 1. Open houses for people to ask questions will also take place later this month.

The aim of the parks board is to create a new space that will provide areas for "performance, storytelling, art, and interpretation," protect nearby vegetation and native plants, provide business opportunities for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities, and "enhance the user experience ... for physical, mental, and emotional well-being."

Both proposals seek to maximize the views over Minneapolis' largest lake by providing rail seating at the water's edge, as well as covered seating, and areas for vendors to operate independently from the concessions stand.

Here's a look at both concepts:

Proposal A

Proposal B

After public feedback is received, park board staff will present a single concept to the board this summer.

The potential concepts do not have cost estimates, but funding could come from insurance compensation or regional park improvement funding, according to a park board announcement. 

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