*Comment period open until March 4. Comment online
View the entire Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Master Plan Draft [PDF, 36MB]
Chapter 1 - Cover & Introduction [PDF]
Chapter 2 - Vision [PDF]
Chapter 3 - Natural Resources [PDF]
Chapter 4 - Access & Circulation [PDF]
Chapter 5 - Historical & Cultural Recommendations [PDF]
Chapter 6 - Recreation [PDF]
Chapter 7 - Master Plan Recommendations-Equity [PDF]
Chapter 8 - Calhoun-Bde Maka Ska Focus Areas [PDF]
Chapter 9 - Harriet Focus Areas [PDF]
Chapter 10 - Public Engagement [PDF]
Chapter 11 - Needs Assessment & Demands [PDF]
Chapter 12 - Implementation [PDF]
Chapter 13 - Maintenance & Operations [PDF]
12/21/16 Study Report [PDF]
Project Boundary [PDF]
Community Engagement Plan [PDF]
CAC Charge and Roster [PDF]
1997 Chain of Lakes Comprehensive Plan [PDF]
2012 Calhoun-Isles Charrette [PDF]
2015 MPRB Staff Charrette [PDF]
Trail Condition Assessment for Calhoun and Harriet [PDF]
Public Comments Received (through 8/25/2015) [PDF]
Public Comments Received (8/25-10/15/15) [PDF]
Summary of Listening Sessions [PDF]
CAC Approved Master Plan Recommendations
Mahpiya Wicasta (Cloud Man) and Heyata Otunwe (Village to the Side) [PDF]
Master Plan Overview - 2/15/17 Board Presentation [PDF]
Current Phase: Draft Master Plan Review and Approval
Construction: June 2017-May 2017
Public comments will be accepted until March 4 via online survey, paper survey or direct email or phone call to the project manager
The design team has been preparing the draft document for the Calhoun-Harriet Master Plan since the last meeting of the appointed Community Advisory Committee on May 10, 2016. When the draft is complete, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Commissioners will open a 45-day public comment period, anticipated on Jan. 18, 2017.
Information gathered from this survey will guide staff in bringing forward a strategic direction recommendation to Commissioners that will assist in creating a timeline, schedule and budget for future development and improvements at this site.
April – May 2017
April 12, 2017
February 18 – March 4, 2017
May 2016-March 2017
July 2015-April 2016
May 2015-July 2015
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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.
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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 Summary: Design 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, 2015 - Meeting 2b Summary: What We Know (continued)
July 30, 2015 - Open House 1 Summary
July 28, 2015 - Meeting 2a Summary: What We Know
July 21, 2015 - Meeting 1 Summary: Project Initiation and Understanding
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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.
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:
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.
Park Histories [PDF]