Project Location

Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center
3900 Bryant Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55409

Project Manager

Dana Murdoch
Phone: 612-230-6446

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Language Resources

Correo Electró

Key Documents

Community Engagement Plan [PDF]


Current Phase: Design
Construction: 2019

What's New

The Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center Addition and Building Improvements project will resume design efforts in September 2018 with construction planned to start in 2019. Building improvements include HVAC replacement with added air conditioning; toilet room ADA accessibility updates and other building ADA improvements; modified lobby, reception desk, and staff office area; and other miscellaneous building improvements. In addition, the East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association (EHFNA) has dedicated funding for a building addition to include additional program space with a new building entrance.

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Project Milestones

November 2016 - January 2017

  • Project scoping with MPRB departments

July 2017

  • Engage design consultants

March – Dec 2018

  • Design development

Jan - Mar 2019

  • Open House, Bidding, construction contract award

Summer 2019 (estimated)

  • Construction (building will be closed)

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Community Engagement Plan [PDF]

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Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center was identified in the MPRB 2017 Budget Rehabilitation Program for building improvements.

The park was once the site of William S. King’s “Lyndale Farm.” King’s one-time farmhouse, the last vestige of the farm, still stood in 1920 on the last parcel of land acquired for the park at 39th and Bryant. It was once the headquarters of a 1,400-acre farm that encompassed almost all of Lake Harriet. MPRB records indicate that the first deed to any part of this property was purchased in 1896. 

The Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center is only one of a handful of facilities within Lyndale Farmstead Park. The modest play facilities that were created in the park were upgraded in 1977 when the recreation center was constructed near 39th and Colfax and the playground was rebuilt.

The most recent developments in the park included a new playground and general site improvements in 2002. The East Harriet neighborhood contributed neighborhood revitalization funds to the project, but the bulk of the cost was paid with city bonds. The kitchen in the recreation center was upgraded in 2008.