Theodore Wirth Regional Park
1339 Theodore Wirth Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55411
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Preferred Schematic Design to be presented at Public Hearing on August 5.
Current Phase: Open
The Minnesota Office of Management and Budget has completed its review of Wirth Adventure and Welcome Center Project funding and is satisfied that the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) can move forward with the agreements with the Loppet Foundation the MPRB Board of Commissioners approved at its Sept. 7, 2016 meeting. The three agreements […]
A pair of open houses were hosted in late January and early February as part of the design process. Early concepts were presented and the general public was invited to offer suggestions on the plans. See the open house drawings below. Site Design Concept A Site Design Concept B Building Concept A Building Concept B […]
Wirth Adventure and Welcome Center Public Hearing #1This hearing was held on August 5, 2015. A public hearing was held at 6:30, at MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis. The public had the opportunity to comment on plans for the building, site, and revision of the back-9 of the golf course. After the hearing, […]
Winter 2017/Spring 2018
- Construction complete on “The Trailhead” Building
- Donation of The Trailhead from The Loppet Foundation to MPRB
- Construction complete on site and utility work and golf course remodel
- Board Approval of construction contracts for site and utility work and golf course remodel
- Construction begins
- Board approval of Schematic Design
- Construction documentation
- Design development and public open houses
- Concept design
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Past Project Management Team (PMT) Meetings
July 6, 2015 – PMT Meeting #11
June 16, 2015 – PMT Meeting #10
May 19, 2015 – PMT Meeting #9
May 5, 2015 – PMT Meeting #8
April 6, 2015 – PMT Meeting #7 Meeting Presentation [PDF]
March 16, 2015 – PMT Meeting #6 Meeting Notes [PDF]
January 13, 2015 – PMT Meeting #5 Meeting Notes [PDF]
December 8, 2014 – PMT Meeting #4 Meeting Notes [PDF]
November 17, 2014 – PMT Meeting #3 Meeting Notes [PDF]
October 29, 2015 – PMT Meeting #2 Meeting Notes [PDF]
October 9, 2015 – PMT Meeting #1 Meeting Notes [PDF]
Past Project Advisory Committee (PAC) Meetings
June 25, 2015 – PAC Meeting #4 Summary
April 13, 2015 – PAC Meeting #3 Meeting Presentation [PDF]
March 17, 2015 – PAC Meeting #2 Summary
December 2, 2014 – PAC Meeting #1 Meeting Notes [PDF]
Past Public Meetings and Open Houses
August 5, 2015 – Public Hearing #1 Summary
July 14, 2015 – Open House #3 Summary
Late January and early February 2015 – Open Houses #1 and #2 Summary
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Theodore Wirth Park is the largest regional park in the Minneapolis Park System with 759 acres devoted to year-round recreational activities and access to an extensive system of natural resources. As the result of a multi-year community planning process, the Theodore Wirth Regional Park Master Plan was created. It envisions the park as a “dynamic urban and regional destination that can be enjoyed by generations to come.” One the outcomes outlined by the plan was the Adventure and Welcome Center, a focal point within north Wirth that would enhance visitor facilities, varied winter and summer recreation, and large and small group events.
Because the Loppet Foundation will contribute significant funding to the total project, it will be considered a partner throughout the design and construction phases of the AWC. Loppet Foundation members will be included in the Management Team (see below) and schematic designs will be approved both by the MPRB Commissioners and the Loppet Foundation Board.
MPRB staff established a Project Management Team (PMT) to lead the design and construction process. The PMT will include five MPRB staff representatives (from the Planning Division and from Golf, Ice, and Winter Programs) and five representatives from the Loppet Foundation.
A non-appointed Project Advisory Committee (PAC) was formed to advise the PMT and MPRB staff through the design phase. The PAC will continue to meet as a group during the design process and will assist with outreach to the community. Click the links below to see the notes from meetings to date.
The Adventure Center, or site related portion of the project, has the following features:
- Event lawn – for use during large sporting events like the City of Lakes Loppet and mountain bike meets
- Mountain bike trails
- Cross country ski trails
- Relocated snow tubing and snowboarding hill
The site work will require the revision of the 18-hole golf course.
Design and construction of the Adventure Center site work will be funded by the MPRB through an allocation under the 2011 bonding bill.
The Welcome Center will be an all season building serving users of both the Adventure Center and the Par-3 golf course. The building will include:
- Ticket counters
- Food and drink concessions
- A sales and rental shop
- Training rooms
- Equipment preparation and repair facilities
- Office space
- Multi-purpose rooms
Design of the Welcome Center will be funded by the 2011 bonding bill and construction of the Welcome Center will be funded by the Loppet Foundation.