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Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Master Plan

Executive Summary [PDF]

Petition to Change the Name of Calhoun Lake [PDF]


Current Phase: Approved
Construction: June 2017-May 2017

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Project Milestones

June 2017

  • Construction of  Trail and Access Improvements begins

April – May 2017

  • Submit master plan to full MPRB Board of Commissioners for approval
  • Submit master plan to Metropolitan Council for review and adoption

April 12, 2017

  • Tentative date for public hearing to approve Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska – Harriet master plan

March 2017

  • Bid construction of  Trail and Access Improvements project

February 18 – March 4, 2017

  • 45 day comment period for draft master plan

May 2016-March 2017

  • Community engagement and preparation of construction documents for $2.4 million in Trail and Access Improvements project

April 2016

  • CAC process complete. 
  • Prepare draft master plan Document

July 2015-April 2016

  • Master Plan community engagement.
  • CAC meetings:         
    • 2015:  7/21, 7/28, 8/18 (added), 9/21, 9/29,10/27,11/17
    • 2016:  1/12, 2/16 (added), 3/24 (added), 4/21 (added), 5/10 (added)
  • Open Houses:          
    • 2015: 7/30, 8/20, 10/1, 11/5, 12/1

Project History

May 2015-July 2015

  • Surveys given to visitors of Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet
  • Trail condition assessment began
  • CAC appointments - see Board Resolution 2015-288 [PDF]
  • Design consultant for master plan selected

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Community Engagement

Community Engagement Plan [PDF]

A Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will advise MPRB staff and consultants throughout the planning process. They will set a vision and priorities for future park improvements, and will decide upon a defined scope and concept for the $3 million available for construction. CAC meetings are open to the public and will include opportunities for public participation and/or comment.

In addition to the CAC meetings, there will be four open houses for this project to review and comment on plans.

The MPRB wishes to encourage participation by everyone to our programs, activities and services. If you feel you need an accommodation in order to fully participate because of a disability or language interpretation need, please call Planning at (612) 230-6472 (or the Minnesota Relay System at 711) or e-mail in advance of the meeting so arrangements can be made prior to the meeting.

Past Meetings and Open Houses

May 10, 2016 - Meeting 11 Summary

April 21, 2016 - Meeting 10 Summary

March 24, 2016 - Meeting 9 Summary

February 16, 2016 - Meeting 8 Summary: Draft Master Plan and Recommendations (continued)

January 12, 2016 - Meeting 7 Summary: Draft Master Plan and Recommendations

November 17, 2015 - Meeting 6 SummaryDesign Options - Focus Areas 5-9

October 27, 2015 - Meeting 5 Summary: Design Options - Four Topic Areas and Focus Areas 1-4

September 29, 2015 - Meeting 4 Summary: Vision, Guiding Principles, and Themes (continued)

September 21, 2015 - Meeting 3 Summary: Vision, Guiding Principles, and Themes

August 20, 2015 - Open House 2 Summary

August 18, 2015Meeting 2b Summary: What We Know (continued)

July 30, 2015Open House 1 Summary

July 28, 2015Meeting 2a Summary: What We Know

July 21, 2015Meeting 1 Summary: Project Initiation and Understanding

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Project History

Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska and Lake Harriet are the most popular lakes within the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Regional Park, largely because of their good water quality and wide expanses of water, accessibility, beauty and ample recreational opportunities. With an estimated five million visits annually, the Chain of Lakes is the most heavily-used regional park in the seven-county metropolitan area and the State of Minnesota. Over eighty percent of these visits are to use the trails around the lakes. Almost half the visitors come from outside Minneapolis city limits. 

Use of the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes has more than doubled in less than twenty years and this comes at a cost. Both parks face functional and environmental threats and many issues need to be addressed. The 12.5 miles of trail, built in 1997 and 1998, are aging and are in need of replacement. Shoreline erosion and untreated storm water continue to adversely affect the water quality of the two lakes and many of the current storm water treatment facilities need reinvestment.

The last master planning study, the Chain of Lakes Comprehensive Plan, was completed in 1997 by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. Since then and as of January 2015, the Metropolitan Council has set forth new policies for regional parks and requires updated master plans as a condition of funding improvements.  Because current available funding is insufficient to create a master plan and implement improvements to the entire Chain of Lakes Regional Park. Only Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska and Lake Harriet will be done at this time.


All funding comes from the Metropolitan Council’s Parks and Trails Funds.

From the 2015 fund, $700,000 is available for planning and implementation. 2015 funds must be used by July 1, 2017.

From the 2016 fund, $2.4 million is available for implementation. 2016 funds must be used by July 1, 2018.

Project Scope

This project has two components.

The first component is a master plan for Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska and Lake Harriet. The master plan is guided by a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) appointed by MPRB Commissioners, other elected officials, and the seven neighborhoods surrounding the lakes. In addition, other appointments were made so that the CAC reflects the diversity of the region.  MPRB Planning staff works with the Perkins + Will consultant team to lead the planning and design process.

The master plan will be informed by these concurrent studies:

  • Trail Condition Assessment (Braun Intertec and SRF engineering team)
  • Archeological Assessment of Lake Calhoun/Cloudman village location (106 Group)
  • ALTA survey of parkland boundaries (Sunde Land Surveying)
  • Condition assessment of walls constructed by the WPA (MacDonald and Mack)

The second component is the construction of $3 million in improvements. The master plan will identify a number of projects that the CAC decided upon as immediate, medium, and long-term priorities. After the master plan approval, staff will use these groupings to define the scope of work and design in 2016, with construction to follow in 2017. 

Water Quality Reports

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Park History

Park Histories [PDF]