Parks Board votes to rename parkways around Bde Maka Ska

The changes will go into effect as early as Thursday.
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Lake Bde Maka Ska now has parkways to match.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board voted 7-2 Wednesday to rename Calhoun Boulevard West, Calhoun Drive, East Lake Calhoun Parkway, and West Lake Calhoun Parkway to reflect the lake’s new name, which it’s had since January 2018.

The Parks Board is moving to change the street signs straight away, withcrews out to change the street names on Thursday.

At the meeting, some residents expressed concerns over address changes and costs associated with the change. Others supported renaming and what the change represented.

The Parks Board says the name changes will cost less than $10,000.

The movement to change the lake and the surrounding streets comes from opposition to John C. Calhoun, who was a supporter of slavery.

Before the park board took a final vote, a public comment period showed a majority of respondents supported renaming. Of the total 741 responses, 57 percent supported renaming, 35 percent opposed it and 8 percent offered other suggestions.

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A group of local residents has challenged the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board's efforts to rename the lake itself, with the Court of Appeals finding in April that former DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr’s didn't have the jurisdiction to approve the name change.

While the city is challenging that ruling at the Minnesota Supreme Court, it does have the authority to rename streets and parks in the meantime.

The parkways are the latest effort to change other names associated with the lake. The park board voted in June to change the name of Lake Calhoun Park to Bde Maka Ska Park

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