Project Location

Minnehaha Parkway at Lyndale Avenue

Project Manager

Jon Duesman

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Current Phase: Construction

Work is underway on Phase 2 of the Minnehaha Parkway Trail Improvements project

Work includes boardwalk replacement along Minnehaha Creek east of Lyndale Avenue to Garfield Avenue

Public Meeting #3

There will be a public hearing to review the proposed concepts for trails along Minnehaha Parkway near Lyndale Avenue. View Meeting Details

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Project Bidding: June 2018

Project Bid Review: June to August 2018

MPRB Board of Commissions Bid Approval: July 2018

Minneapolis Purchasing and Civil Rights Review: June to August 2018

Construction Commences: September 2018

Construction Substantially Complete: May 2019

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) of Commissioners approved the concept plan for improvements to Minnehaha Parkway Trail between Bryant and Garfield avenues at its Dec. 2, 2015 meeting.

MPRB commissioners and staff selected a two-phase project that will provide a shared-use trail allowing both bicyclists and pedestrians to cross underneath the Lyndale Avenue Bridge when it is completed. The plan was decided on after an extensive community engagement process and consulting with the Minnehaha Creek Regional Park Master Plan adopted in 1999.

Phase 1 construction began in fall 2016 and was completed by Summer 2017. It widened the existing asphalt trail beginning just west of Bryant Avenue up to the Lyndale Avenue Bridge and provided an enhanced trail crossing at Lyndale Avenue. Phase 1 was fully funded through a $550,000 grant from the Parks and Trails Fund created by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

Phase 2 will rebuild the boardwalk along Minnehaha Creek east of Lyndale Avenue to Garfield Avenue. When Phase 2 is complete, the boardwalk will be wide enough to accommodate both bicyclists and pedestrians travelling underneath the Lyndale Avenue Bridge. The slope of the new boardwalk will comply with standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Within the Minnehaha Creek Regional Park, which extends from Lake Harriet to Lake Nokomis, the bicycle and pedestrian trails exist as combined and separated trails in various segments. At the location of this project place, the trails are currently divided. The bicycle trail crosses at-grade at Lyndale Avenue, while the pedestrian trail runs along Minnehaha Creek passing beneath the Lyndale Avenue Bridge. A steep, wood boardwalk provides pedestrian connection down the embankment along the creek, but the boardwalk was temporarily closed in 2014 due to unsafe conditions. Reconstruction of the Lyndale Avenue Bridge was completed in 2012 providing a wide enough opening beneath the bridge along the north side of the creek to facilitate a shared-use trail. The 1999 Minnehaha Creek Master Plan identified elimination of at-grade road crossings where feasible as a project goal. Continued bike access to Lyndale Avenue does however provide connection to the Lyndale Avenue business corridor and the City’s array of on-street bike facilities.

Trail improvements along Minnehaha Parkway from Lake Harriet to Lake Nokomis were proposed as part of the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board 2015 Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The Board approved concept plan for shared use trail improvements along Minnehaha Parkway at Lyndale Avenue requires a two phased approach for construction over multiple years, thus requiring 2018 CIP funding to complete the improvements. The approach to completing this project consists of the following:

  • Phase 1: Construct multi-use trail on the west side of the Lyndale Avenue Bridge and improve pedestrian crossing at Lyndale Avenue and Minnehaha Parkway using the parks and Trails funding.
  • Phase 2: Construct multi-use trail boardwalk on the east side of the Lyndale Avenue Bridge with 2018 CIP Regional Park funding.