Minneapolis Master Plan Update: Parks and Trails Along Minnehaha Creek

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One reason people love looking at condo & single-family homes in Minneapolis is to feel at home in the natural beauty surrounding Minnehaha Creek.

And the future of your Minneapolis condo or loft surroundings is unfolding today.

Check out Minneapolis Parks and Recreation’s Regional Trail Master Plan, focusing on Minnehaha Regional Park out to western Minneapolis.

Over the coming three decades, watch for new paddling and tubing launch areas, additional wading pools, play sets and exercise courses, bike parks, and even an urban arboretum.

Minneapolis trails and parks are major attractions for home buyers.

Many condo and home buyers tell us that they want to live within a few blocks of the wonderful urban trail network that runs through the city and along the Minneapolis waterside.

Now, residents will enjoy dedicated running and biking trails. Intersections will provide enhanced safety, too.

Funding for the evolving project comes from the city’s Parks and Trails Legacy Fund. Minneapolis residents voted in 2008 to fund the protection of the natural landmarks, parks and trails that make this city such a splendid example of urban living.

The plan will incorporate both natural vistas and public art installations.

Our famous Parkway stretches through a watershed that encompasses not only Minnehaha Creek and Minnehaha Falls, but also Lake Minnetonka and the entire Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, with 129 lakes and eight large creeks. 

Condo & Homeowners love the sense of being in the forest in urban Minneapolis. Local residents asked Parks and Recreation not to overdevelop the meandering trails and scenic waterside parklands. Art works will be in keeping with the spectacular wetlands surrounding the Mississippi River.

Stay updated.

We’ll have more on this site about the parks and trails of Minneapolis. The beauty of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is unique and special to our city.


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Minnehaha Creek Master Plan: New Boardwalk for Minneapolis

Minneapolis Walking Trails

If you own a condo or a single-family home along the Minnehaha Creek, you’ve seen the signs and alerts along the trails.

It’s all about helping to guide people around the trail construction work area.

As part of its Master Plan, Minneapolis is renovating the Minnehaha Parkway Trail.

The Buzz Around the Lyndale Avenue Bridge

Phase One of this work finished in 2016. That work widened pedestrian asphalt trail, starting from west of Bryant Avenue and winding up at the Lyndale Avenue Bridge. Phase One also provided much-needed upgrades to the Lyndale Avenue trail intersection.

Phase Two is the trail work’s current phase. Workers are removing the existing wooden boardwalk. In its place, people who love to ride bikes and walk will enjoy a new boardwalk 12 feet wide.

In summer 2019, when workers complete this project, the trail will accommodate cyclists and pedestrians through the Lyndale Avenue Bridge underpass.

Minnehaha Creek Master Plan

The two-phase Minnehaha Parkway Trail Improvement project received the Park and Recreation board approval in 2015. 

The trail renovation includes a gentler slope, in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act standards. The banks of the Minnehaha Creek will also undergo restoration work conducted in collaboration with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.

Visit the project page for the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan, with future concepts for trail and park enhancements. 

Looking for a Hennepin County Condo or Single-Family Home?

You’ll be glad to know the city is investing deeply in its natural spaces. 

At Minnehaha Creek Park, canoers, kayakers, and gentle meanderers all enjoy nature in urban residential Minneapolis. If you’d like to join them, call your Minneapolis condo and loft real estate expert. Find the home that’s waiting just for you.

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Beyond the Master Plan: Meet Graco Park, Minneapolis

Regular readers will know that the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board is now revealing enhancements to the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail. The city’s Master Plan is unfolding, and it lays out future park improvements spanning the coming 20 to 30 years. 

And there’s more.

There are big plans in the works for Sibley Street and Northeast Minneapolis.

A new park will be popping up along the Mississippi River soon.

The Parks and Rec Board, under an agreement with Graco Incorporated, is carrying out plans to develop the waterfront area near Hall’s Island.

Just over two acres of the property are being sold to Graco while Parks and Rec holds onto a little over an acre of the parcel.

What can we expect to see at Graco Park in Northeast Minneapolis?

Expect to see the following amenities built or brought onto the park:

  • The Northeast Minneapolis Farmers’ Market.
  • An event hall.
  • A brewery and brew pub.
  • A passageway beneath the bridge at Plymouth Avenue.
  • Multiple bridge crossings to Hall’s Island, and a boardwalk on the island’s riverside. 
  • Launching spots at the river’s edge for people getting in and out of boats, kayaks and canoes. 

These are all still ideas, but they paint of picture of the amenities envisioned by the city and Graco.

What does the timeline look like?

The agreement is still in the approval process, with Parks and Rec anticipating a 2022 opening date. 

Graco is contributing $10 million-plus to develop the land, which will carry the name “Graco Park” for 30 years.

We can help you find your Minneapolis riverside condo or loft.

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Now, call us! Let’s get you into your new Minneapolis condo, townhome, or loft.