At 81 acres, the delicate ecosystem of Diamond Lake Park provides habitat for a wide array of wildlife. The shallow 55 acre lake and surrounding wetlands and wooded areas are home to a variety of aquatic creatures and provide a needed respite for migratory waterfowl. Whether by canoe or snowshoe, Diamond Lake is a great spot to go birding anytime of year.
Conveniently located east of I-35W on East Diamond Lake Rd., Diamond Lake Park is across the street from Pearl Park and its sports courts and fields, wading pool, totlot playground, wintertime skating rink and recreation center featuring youth programs and other activities. On the lake’s east side, just across Portland Ave is Todd Park and its sports courts and fields and totlot playground.
Diamond Lake was acquired over several years through donation and purchase between 1925 and 1938. Developed over time, the lake and adjacent parks were once considered to be little more than swampland.
Diamond Lake Management Plan
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.