|Lake Hiawatha Wading Pool Renovation
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 has been altered and improved over the years from a swamp to the stunning recreation area it is today.
Renovation of the park and recreation center in 2006-07 includes shoreline restoration that adds even more color to the plaza along the lake. Other grounds improvements include a flagstone pathway; fieldstone boulders to add aesthetic interest; and a combination of native and ornamental trees, shrubs and perennials.
The shoreline restoration was funded through a grant from the Department of Natural Resources’ Shoreland Habitat Program and matching funds from the Minneapolis Park & Recreation.
In 2009 the sculpture “Listening Vessel” by Minneapolis artist Craig Davis was dedicated. 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 will be 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.
The park’s many features include 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.
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’ renown recreational system.