Orvin “Ole” Olson Park is located on West River Road, just north of 22nd Ave. N in the Hawthorne neighborhood. Olson Park features spectacular views of the river and skyline, well-kept green spaces and walking and cycling paths that travel along the Mississippi, connecting the park to the James I. Rice Parkway and West River Parkway segments of the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway.
Along with Marshall Terrace Park, Gluek Park, Edgewater Park and Sheridan Memorial Park, Olson Park is one of several riverside park locations north of Plymouth Avenue that are collectively referred to as Upper Mississippi River Regional Park. Other nearby recreation destinations include Boom Island Park, and Farview Park, which features sports courts and fields and a Recreation Center offering a computer lab, youth programs and other activities.
Named after a former Park Board commissioner, Orvin “Ole” Olson Park opened in 2006 and was developed as part of the first phase of the Above the Falls master plan, which encompasses a vision for the east and west banks of the Mississippi River above St. Anthony Falls. The plan includes a diverse mix of recreational land uses; other notable features of the plan located along West River Road include the 22nd Ave. N Rain Garden and Overlook, and the 17th Ave. N Terminus Plaza.
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.