Acquired by the MPRB in 1987, the 12-acre B.F. Nelson Park is nestled between Boom Island and Nicollet Island along northeast Minneapolis’ historic Main Street. The park, once the site of the B. F. Nelson Manufacturing Company, is named after B.F. Nelson, who served on the City Council, Minneapolis School Board and as a Park Board Commissioner.
The Pioneer Statue, which was first unveiled in 1936, commemorates the courage and hard work of early settlers to the area. Neighboring Boom Island Park features spectacular views of the Mississippi River and Downtown Minneapolis skyline.
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.