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Preferred Concepts for Calhoun-Harriet Trail Improvements Project Posted Online


Trail and access improvements near NE Calhoun, SE Harriet and Lake Street will begin construction next spring.

Preferred concepts for the Calhoun-Harriet Trail and Access Improvements project have been posted online. These concepts were shaped by public feedback garnered from the Calhoun-Harriet Master Plan, two public open houses and hundreds of online survey responses.

The concepts will be brought into final design this winter and construction will begin in the spring. Please check the Calhoun-Harriet Trail and Access Improvements project page for more details.


Categories: Parks

Calhoun-Harriet Trail Access and Improvements Concept Plans and Survey


Share your opinion on bike and pedestrian improvements around Lake Calhoun (Bde Maka Ska) and Lake Harriet.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board would like to gather public input regarding proposed trail and access improvements along the Lake Calhoun (Bde Maka Ska) and Lake Harriet bicycle and pedestrian trails. The project will rehab some existing trails and provide new pedestrian ramps around both lakes. Additionally, circulation improvements are planned for West Lake Street, Northeast Calhoun (Calhoun Refectory area), and Southeast Harriet. Circulation improvements seek to improve safety and overall visibility.

 Take the Survey

Survey is open through Oct. 28, 2016.     

Categories: Parks

Final Public Meetings for the Lakes Calhoun and Harriet Mater Plan


A master plan is being developed for Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet which will set a vision and priorities for future park improvements. The planning process is guided by the Community Advisory Council (CAC), people appointed by various neighborhood associations and elected officials. The CAC has prioritized a list of projects to help determine how to spend $3 million in constructed improvements around the lakes in 2017 and will start to give final recommendations on the improvements at the final two meetings. While the focus of these meetings will be on the CAC’s work, the public will also be given a chance to speak.

Thurs., April 21
6-8:30 p.m.
MPRB Headquarters, Board Room
2117 West River Road N   

Tues., May 10
6-8:30 p.m.
MPRB Headquarters, Board Room
2117 West River Road N  

The current draft plan can be viewed here.

Categories: Parks

Lakes Calhoun and Harriet Master Planning

For those interested in the Lakes Calhoun and Harriet Master Plan and Improvements process, a draft plan and recommendations has been made public. This is still a draft and the committee continues to go through each point for further discussion and fine tuning. The committee has also made a recommendation to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board regarding changing the name of Lake Calhoun.
All materials are available to view here.
For the general area recommendations, click on “Draft Master Plan Recommendations- General Site”
For the area specific recommendations, click on “Draft Master Plan Recommendations- Focus Areas”
For the name change recommendation, click on “Draft Recommendations- Name Change”
We will keep you updated as more information is available and when the public comment period begins.
Categories: Parks

Survey and Open House for Calhoun-Harriet Planning Process


The Community Advisory Council looking at long term improvements to Lakes Harriet and Calhoun continue in their research and discussions. A new online survey is available for the community to provide comment on the design options and will be available for response until December 4.

The design team is formulating a preferred plan that will be presented and discussed in January.

Mark your calendars for the next Open House:

Open House #5: (NEW!)
Tuesday, Dec. 1
6:30-8:30 pm
MPRB Headquarters, 2117 W River Rd N
Nokomis Room (1st Floor, to the right of lobby)

Categories: Parks

MPRB seeks Martin Luther King, Jr. “Living the Dream” Award nominations


The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will once again be accepting nominations from the public for the Martin Luther King, Jr. “Living the Dream” award. As part of the MPRB annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, the park system honors an individual, business, or community group who has demonstrated dedication and distinguished service to the MPRB and the lives of Minneapolis residents. The honoree must act consistently with the teachings and examples of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as the award is intended to recognize those whose work embodies Dr. King’s message of justice for all and commitment to community. Award recipients will be honored at the January 18, 2016 (6:30–7:30 pm) celebration held at Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center.

Past Recipients:

2015: Charles E. Mays, Rev., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Council

2014: Larry Fitzgerald Jr., Arizona Cardinals

2013: Jimmy Longoria, Mentoring Peace Through Art

2012: Reverend Jerry McAfee, New Salem Missionary Baptist Church

2011: Minnesota Twins

2010: Hy Rosen, Executive Director of the Greater Lake Country Food Bank

Nominations are due Friday, November 20 for consideration. For a full description of the award criteria and to fill out a nomination form please visit or call 612-230-6484.

Categories: Parks

Lakes Calhoun and Harriet Master Plan concept plans available for public review and comment


Research and planning continues with the improvement plan for Lakes Calhoun and Harriet. Three concept plans have been developed and are now available for review online. The Park Board would like know what you think about each concept, and has made available a brief survey and comment form to gather your feedback.

Please visit the project website to review the plans and give your feedback.

The next public Open House is scheduled for Nov. 12; further details about the Open House will be available soon.

Categories: Parks

Fulton Neighborhood Community Vote for Funding Shade Structures at Pershing Park


On May 13, FNA will call for a vote to support additional funding to purchase and install two shade structures for the pool/playground area at Pershing Park. The total project cost is approximately $15,000 which will be split equally between FNA and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

A community vote is needed to support a Plan Modification of the NRP Phase II Action Plan to broaden the definition of support of Pershing Park to include facilities improvements. A community vote will also be taken to support a Neighborhood Priority Plan and funding up to $7,500 for the project.

Categories: Parks

Seeking Applicants for a Community Advisory Council (CAC) to update the Comprehensive Plan for Lakes Calhoun and Harriet


The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is beginning a master planning process for Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet which will guide $3.5 million in improvements slated for construction in 2016 and 2017.

The CAC will be comprised of 25 community members; Fulton Neighborhood Association will appoint one person to represent our neighborhood on the committee.

The total time commitment for CAC members is estimated at 45-50 hours. The majority of meetings will occur in the evenings from July-October 2015. The CAC will have seven official CAC meetings of about two hours each. Members will also be asked to attend three public open houses during the same time period.

If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity, please contact us at and we will share more detailed information, dates of meetings and how to apply. Applications for the Fulton appointee must be received by May 4. Applicants for other open seats (to be appointed by the mayor, park board commissioners, etc.) must be received by May 15. We encourage interested residents to apply for both as the neighborhood association only has ONE appointment.


Categories: Parks

Fulton Fall Festival on Sept. 13

The wait is almost over…the annual Fulton Fall Festival will be here on Sat., Sept. 13!

Join us down at Pershing Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lots of family friendly activities, good food, great music, the Silent Auction, the Marketplace and lots of other fun things to do.

On the Stage:

11 a.m.    The Wrong Omar
 1 p.m.     Folk and Thieves

We have lots of fabulous items up for bid at the Silent Auction including:

  • 8 VIP passes (2 sets of 4) to the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
  • Mathnasium:  The Math Learning Center Gift Basket (Value $500)
  • Beautiful Artisan Gifts from The Linden Tree
    • Two gift cards toward the cost of sewing classes, 1 for adult, 1 for kids/teens
    • Mug designed by Lori Ann Yang of Mammaste ($14)
    • Sewing Basket  including  the newest Joel Dewberry fabric print ($29.75)
    • Full Apron featuring Amy Butler pattern and “Treasure Box, Ocean & Sparkle, Midnight” fabric ($48)
  • Kate Spade (value $328) and Doone & Bouke (value$198) handbags
  • Southwest Community Education Summer Programs Gift Certificates
  • Room no. 3, Lovely Products and Gift Certificate
  • Party with friends at COS Bar
  • Fine wines and local beers
  • Gift Certificates to all our favorite restaurants
  • Basket of the best products from LUSH
  • Home Grown Foods Delivery Service: 1 week trial of Home Grown dinner kits delivery 4 dinners for 4

Click here to see the whole schedule of events and activities.

See you on the 13th!


Categories: Community Engagement, Parks, Things To Do