Powderhorn covers 68 acres of land including 12 acres of water. Powderhorn Recreation Center offers programs for all ages.
Powderhorn Park hosts several events each year, including the annual 4th of July CelebrationMay Day Festival, and the Powderhorn Arts Festival. Its setting and size can easily accommodate large events.
The park was named under the order of Major Plympton (based at Fort Snelling) and so-named because the contour of the lake in its original form and size resembled a powder horn. A powder horn is a flask made from the horn of a cow or ox that held gunpowder carried by soldiers.
Historical Profile: More information about this and other parks is included in Parks, Lakes, Trails and So Much More, a richly detailed account of the histories of Minneapolis’ renowned recreational system.