Holmes Park is located on 4th St. SE and 2nd Ave. SE, just three blocks north of Historic Main St. in the heart of one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, Marcy-Holmes. Other nearby parks of historic significance include Chute Square and Father Hennepin Bluffs Park.
Adjacent to Marcy Open School, Holmes Park offers kids an open play field, wading pool and totlot playground. Other recreational amenities include three half courts for basketball and a tennis court. Youth programs and other activities can be found at nearby Van Cleve Park.
Whether it’s for community events, school functions or just a noontime picnic, the open green space, picnic tables and pergola seating area make Holmes Park a great neighborhood gathering place.
Holmes Park is named after the old Holmes School that once occupied the site of the current Marcy Open School. A previous Marcy School site is also a park, Marcy Park. The schools and the neighborhood were named after the poet Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., and the 19th century American statesman William L. Marcy.
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.