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Detailed Amenity Map of Theodore Wirth Park
Wirth Park Bike and Pedestrian Trails
The largest regional park in the Minneapolis Park System, Wirth Park is 759 acres of year round recreational activities and natural treasures. The park is located west of Downtown Minneapolis, technically in Golden Valley, and features a sampling of practically everything in the Minneapolis Park System.
Amenities include Wirth Lake and Birch Pond, a fishing pier and boat launch, a supervised beach, volleyball courts, a playground, picnic facilities, reservable indoor picnic pavilion, trails for walking, biking, off-road biking and skiing, a snowboard park, Swiss chalet-style clubhouse and 18-hole and Par 3 golf courses. New in 2011 is an 18-hole disc golf course!
The urban forest overlooking Birch Pond offers Wedding Hill as a wedding venue for nature-lovers.
From cattails in the wetlands to towering oak trees on the prairie visitors can explore the natural resources of Wirth Park: Bassett’s Creek, a wildflower garden and bird sanctuary, a children’s garden, a quaking bog, and the picturesque winding parkway. The serenity of the park and woods sets it apart from the bustling metropolitan area and visitors often forget they are in the heart of the city.
Activity at Wirth Park doesn’t slow down in the winter. The Wirth Winter Recreation Area takes advantage of Minnesota’s fourth season.
Snowboard Park – The first inner-city snowboard program, now with snow-making equipment, was established in 2002 to offer snowboarding to the general public at low cost. It offers everything from equipment rental and lessons by a veteran trained staff, to advanced technical rails and jumps.
Cross Country Skiing – Theodore Wirth park offers cross-country ski trails for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers. There’s a practice area, a 2 km lighted loop, snow-making capabilities, lessons and equipment rental.
Sledding/Tubing at Wirth Park
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.