Project Location

Cedar Lake, Lake of the Isles, Kenilworth Channel, a portion of Cedar Lake Regional Trail

Project Manager

Emma Pachuta
Phone:
612-230-6549
Email: epachuta@minneapolisparks.org

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Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board announces new project to create long-term plan for Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles

Park staff, partner organizations and community will work together over next two years to develop master plan for Cedar Lake, Lake of the Isles and neighboring parkland

Community Advisory Committee applications are open for the Cedar-Isles Master Plan!

See more information under Key Documents or apply online.

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Project Milestones

Winter 2019

  • Master Plan Start-up
  • Release of Community Advisory Committee (CAC) applications

Spring 2020

  • CAC Formulation
  • Master Plan Design Team consultant selection

Spring 2020 – Fall 2020

  • Community engagement
  • Community visioning and discussion park needs, likes, dislikes, concerns, and dreams
  • Assessment of physical conditions and park and recreation needs

Fall 2020 – Summer 2021

  • Development and refinement of park concept plans
  • Community discussion about park plans and area-wide vision

Summer 2021 – Fall 2021

  • Creation of Master Plan document
  • Community comments on the document
  • Final adoption by MPRB Commissioners

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History

Community Engagement Plan brought to the Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

Funding

Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles are part of Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Regional Park, connecting to Bde Maka Ska on the southern border and Brownie Lake and Theodore Wirth Regional Park to the north. Visitors enjoy a multitude of year-round activities that include walking, biking, swimming, fishing, canoe/kayaking, cross-country skiing, and ice skating. The other three lakes in the Chain have been previously master planned: Bde Maka Ska and Harriet in 2017 and Brownie in 2012.
The Regional Park as a whole sees more than 7 million annual visits. It is the most visited park site in the state.

Master Plans play a critical role in the park board’s mission. Characteristics of a park master plan include the following:

  • Set a vision to guide long-term development and improvements to a park or group of parks,
  • Guide stewardship and help ensure that park features and amenities reflect the needs of the communities they serve,
  • Help ensure long-term financial and ecological sustainability,
  • Involve extensive engagement with individual and group stakeholders, other community partners and governmental entities, and
  • Subject to review and comment by the public, as well as public hearings and approval by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board of Commissioners.

The Cedar Lake/Lake of the Isles Master Plan will direct policy and design implementation for the park land around both lakes for the next 20+ years