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Victory Memorial Parkway

 
The $6 million project to renovate and revitalize Victory Memorial Drive is a collaboration between Hennepin County, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB), the State of Minnesota and the City of Minneapolis. Improvements include construction of a new flag plaza, installation of 176 streetlights and pedestrian lights, refinements to the Lincoln/GAR Circle and the placement of two gateway monuments at the drive’s entrances. When the work is complete, the community will enjoy a grand amenity that truly honors the 568 men and women of Hennepin County who perished in World War I.

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Public Impact
There may be brief interruptions to the roadways and pathways as construction crews complete their work.

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Update – August 2010
Crews will remove the current components of the flag plaza. The new plaza, which will be newly paved with granite, will include granite balustrade walls, a granite flag base and benches, and new plantings and lighting. All of the granite will come from a quarry in northern Minnesota.

The Park Board will transplant a number of the surrounding trees to other locations in the park system. With the existing Crabapple trees approaching the end of their expected life span, 22 existing trees of significant size will be removed in order to plant 47 new trees. The new tree species include Harvest Gold Crabapple, Eastern Red Cedar, Black Hills Spruce, Autumn Blaze Maple and Whitespire Birch. The new trees will be placed to allow for expanded programming and family events throughout the year at the new plaza.

New lighting and irrigation systems will be installed to improve the appearance, safety and maintenance of the plaza area. The flower areas will be expanded, and new sidewalks will be built around the southeast corner of the plaza to improve pedestrian safety and access.

Toward the end of the construction period, crews will also install new, large granite gateway monuments at the entrances to the drive at Humboldt and Lowry avenues.

At the Lincoln/GAR Circle, a new sidewalk will be installed around the Lincoln statue; tree work similar to the flag plaza will be completed. A small number of existing trees will be replaced by 10 disease-resistant elms. Beside each tree, the 10 original bronze crosses will be re-installed onto low granite monuments. The 10 trees and accompanying markers represent the 10 Grand Armies of the Republic from the Civil War.

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Public Participation
To construct these improvements, Hennepin County assembled a knowledgeable and experienced project team and sought public input and feedback to create these remarkable renovations for Victory Memorial Drive.

June 17, 2009: Public Hearing – Street Vacation (Page 1, Item 4.1)

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Reports

  • Victory Memorial Parkway Regional Park Master Plan – August 2004
  • Proposed GAR Circle Schematic – May 2010, provided by Hennepin County
  • Proposed Victory Memorial Drive Artwork – Feb. 2010, provided by Hennepin County
  • Board Agendas
    • July 7, 2010: Regular Meeting – Deed restrictions (page 3,  New Business, Item 9.2)
    • April 7, 2010: Update on planned improvements to Victory Memorial Parkway Presentation by Hennepin County (Page 1, Time Certain)
    • Sept. 2, 2009: Regular Meeting – Board Position on Concepts, Plans (Page 2, Item 4.2)
    • July 1, 2009: Regular Meeting – Street Vacation (Page 3, Item 4.1)  
    • May 21, 2008: Regular Meeting – Marker Restoration Bid (Page 2, Item 2.4)
    • April 16, 2008: Regular Meeting – Street Vacation (Page 3, Item 4.1)
    • April 2, 2008: Regular Meeting – Letter of Agreement (Page 2, Item 2.6)
    • March 5, 2008: Regular Meeting – Design Services (Page 2, Item 2.1)
  • Board Minutes
    • July 7, 2010: Regular Meeting – Deed Restrictions (Page 4, Item 9.2)
    • April 7, 2010: Regular Meeting – Update on planned improvements to Victory Memorial Parkway Presentation by Hennepin County (Page 1, Presentation Line 25)
    • Sept. 2, 2009: Regular Meeting – Board Position on Concepts, Plans (page 2, Item 4.2, Line 42)
    • July 1, 2009: Regular Meeting – Street Vacation (Page 2, Item 4.1, Line 37)
    • May 6, 2009: Regular Meeting – Memorandum of Understanding (Page 5, Item 4.2, Line 29 
    • May 21, 2008: Regular Meeting – Marker Restoration Bid (Page 2, Item 2.4)
    • March 5, 2008: Regular Meeting – Design Services (Page 2, Item 2.1)

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Project History
The MPRB adopted the Victory Memorial Regional Park Master Plan in 2004 after considerable public input. The plan recognizes the unique aspects of the parkway and its historic landscape character. Street closures were identified to enhance the trail’s usability and safety, and to provide additional green space in the area.

In 2006 the Minnesota Legislature established a task force to develop strategies based on the master plan to restore the parkway. The Victory Memorial Drive Task Force was comprised of representatives of the Minnesota Historical Society, Minneapolis and Robbinsdale city councils, Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, MPRB, Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate, area citizens and the local veteran’s organization.

As part of the parkway and trail improvement plan eight streets were closed between 45th Ave. N and the parkway (Irving, James, Logan, Morgan, Oliver, Penn, Queen and Xerxes) in 2009. Prior to the closures traffic studies were conducted and no significant impacts were found. The street closures will improve safety and use of the bicycle/pedestrian trail.

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Park History

Contact Information
Andrew Gillett, Hennepin County Department of Research, Planning, & Development
612-348-4949, info@victorymemorialdrive.org.

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