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Sixth Park District Dog Park (Lyndale Farmstead Off-Leash Recreation Area)

 

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3845 Dupont Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55409

Lyndale Farmstead Off-Leash Recreation Area ( also referred to as the Sixth Park District Dog Park) to Close Temporarily for Final Construction - Grand Opening Planned for Early Summer

The Off-Leash Dog Park at Lyndale Farmstead Park will close temporarily Wednesday, May 1 for finishing touches. The park opened on a temporary basis this January for a "preview" during the winter months to accommodate pet owners who were looking for a nearby area for their dogs to run. This opportunity gave everyone who is eagerly awaiting the new off-leash space to get a sneak preview of what the new park will have to offer.

There is still a significant amount of work to be done this spring, so as soon as the snow melts and the ground thaws, work will begin. A grand opening is planned for Early Summer 2013 when the full park will be completed.

The dog park entrance is located along Dupont Avenue South (Kings Highway) between West 38th and West 40th Streets. Parking for the dog park is on-street on West 38th and West 40th Streets or Bryant Avenue. Please note that there is no parking allowed on King's Highway between 38th and 40th Streets or in the Park Board's operations center parking lot which accommodates the Park Board's large trucks and mobile equipment and is locked during non-business hours.

Map of Parking Locations

Once completed the park will feature (view plan):

  • A concrete entrance will be constructed off of Dupont Avenue with a connecting concrete walk over to the primary seating area. The seating area will include benches and a shade structure.
  • Landscape plantings will encompass the perimeter of the dog park and provide a soft edge and buffer.

Remember that all rules for off-leash recreation will apply when the park reopens and an Off-Leash Permit is required for all dogs. Permits can be obtained by calling customer service 612-230-6400 or visit our webpage.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) established an appointed Citizen Advisory Committee to recommend a preferred location and design for a dog off-leash recreation area (OLRA) within a specific service area of the Sixth Park District. The service area extends from Minnehaha Creek park land north to 36th Street West and from I-35W west to Lake Harriet/Kings Highway.

The MPRB’s Sixth Park District Dog Park Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) identified a short list of possible sites and sought neighborhood comments on these sites through a survey that closed on July 29, 2011 and public comment meeting that was held on July 25, 2011. The information provided was used by the CAC to determine a preferred dog park location and design. The CAC completed its recommendations on September 2011. On December 7, 2011 the Park Board approved Site 32.

On August 22, 2012, the MPRB held a public meeting to review changes to the schematic design for Site 32 based on stormwater management and parking location.

Revised Plan for Construction Documents (image has been enhanced with color)

Public Impact / Projected Timeline
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Public Impact / Projected Timeline

The CAC finalized its recommendations in September 2011 and the Park Board approved Site 32 in December 2011.

Construction is anticipated for fall/winter of 2012.

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News Releases / Updates

Update: January 20, 2013
In response to overwhelming requests from the community, the much anticipated Off-Leash Dog Park at Lyndale Farmstead Park will open next week for a "preview" during the winter months. Read the full release

Update: September 2012
The MPRB held a public meeting on August 22 to review changes to the schematic design based on stormwater management and parking location.

Revised Plan for Construction Documents (image has been enhanced with color)

Update: December 2011
The Park Board approved Site 32.

  • Site 32 – Lyndale Farmstead Park – Southside Operations Center Parking Lot
    The proposed site is within the Southside Operations Center parking lot within Lyndale Farmstead Park. The stormwater pond within the site would not be accessible to dogs or people.

Update: September 2011
On September 12, the CAC finalized their recommendations. Next, the recommendations will be forwarded to the MPRB's Planning Committee. When the recommendations are presented to the MPRB’s Planning Committee, a public hearing will be held. The public hearing is scheduled for November 22 at 6:30 pm at the MPRB Headquarters (2117 West River Road). This will be during the MPRB’s planning committee.
The CAC's primary recommendation was Site 32, with a secondary recommendation of Site 1.

  • Site 32 – Lyndale Farmstead Park – Southside Operations Center Parking Lot
    The proposed site is within the Southside Operations Center parking lot within Lyndale Farmstead Park. The stormwater pond within the site would not be accessible to dogs or people.
  • Site 1 – Lyndale Farmstead Park - South of the Operations Center wall along Kings Highway
    This proposed site is located in Lyndale Farmstead Park. Its northern boundary would be the operations center wall and it would be within the turf and tree area along Kings Highway. This site would be west of the path that runs diagonally from the athletic fields to the southwest corner of the park behind the Theodore Wirth Home and Administration Building.

The CAC's recommendation including ensuring that the dog park be implemented at a scale equal to or better than the design presented at the September 12 CAC meeting.

The CAC also recommended that the MPRB develop a community body to develop a system-wide off-leash recreation master plan.

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Public Participation

The Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC), established by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board study potential sites for a dog off-leash recreation area in the Sixth Park District, represents area neighborhoods, along with a variety of interest groups.

The CAC completed its work in September 2011. Information shared at the public meetings and comments submitted can be viewed in the Reports and Maps section,

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Reports and Maps

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Project History

Part of a trend sweeping the country, dog parks made their Minneapolis debut in 2001. The first recommendations for an off-leash recreation area program were made to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) by a 1998 citizen advisory committee. This committee recommended establishing six to ten sites in the city. Today, six off-leash sites have been developed within the Minneapolis park system: at Lake of the Isles, Franklin Terrace, Minnehaha Park, St. Anthony Parkway, Loring Park and Victory Prairie. All commissioner districts except the Sixth Park District have at least one off-leash area.

An initial search for a Sixth Park District site was conducted in 2001 by the Off Leash Recreation Area Site Study Committee. This community advisory committee inventoried potential sites in the sixth park district and evaluated their fitness for off-leash recreation. Twenty-seven park sites were identified within the district and 19 were considered eligible for further review. The same criteria were used to rank the 19 sites. The committee included the inventory and ranking of sites in its final report, but did not recommend a specific site.

In early 2009, a group of Kingfield residents approached the Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA) Board expressing desire for an off-leash area. On May 5, 2010, Kingfield’s Dogpark Committee presented a proposal for an off-leash area to the MPRB during open time at the Park Board’s regular meeting. The proposal, however, drew strong objections. Given the strong objections to the use of Dr. Martin Luther King Park as a site for a dog park, yet acknowledging the clear need for a dog park in the Sixth Park District, the MPRB established a Sixth Park District Dog Park Citizen Advisory Committee at its February 2 meeting.

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Contact

For further information please contact Jennifer Ringold at 612-230-6464 or jringold@minneapolisparks.org.

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