Lake Hiawatha Park features mature trees, wide open spaces and a beautiful lake. The park covers an immense 241 acres with the lake accounting for 52 of those acres. The park was altered and improved over the years from a swamp to the stunning recreation area it is today.
The park’s many features include Lake Hiawatha Recreation Center, an eight-acre accessible playground, tennis courts, beach and athletic fields. An 18-hole regulation golf course and golf learning center are located on the west side of the lake.
The “Listening Vessel” sculpture by Minneapolis artist Craig Davis was dedicated in 2009. Located on the north side of the recreation center, it’s a granite sculpture depicting a parabola, an interactive listening device in the shape of a concave semi-sphere. The sounds from the lake, such as wind, waves, waterfowl and other sounds of the city are amplified to the listener’s ear. The work encourages viewers to explore the natural environment of Lake Hiawatha, as well as their own inner musings and imagination. The sculpture measures 74” x 120” x 24”.
The sculpture is a joint project of the City of Minneapolis Art in Public Places, Minneapolis Arts Commission, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Standish Ericsson Neighborhood Association.
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.