Theodore Wirth Regional Park
1339 Theodore Wirth Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Preferred Schematic Design to be presented at Public Hearing on August 5.
Current Phase: Construction
Effective June 22, 2017, both Theodore Wirth Parkway and the Grand Rounds Trail between Highway 55 and Plymouth Avenue are open to the public.
Construction work will continue in the area throughout the year so please continue to use caution when biking, walking or driving through the area. Portions of the trail will not be paved until later in the summer but are usable and passable now.
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Loppet Foundation joined by supporters and program participants to commemorate beginning of construction on 14,000-square-foot, $11.6 million outdoor recreation hub
Theodore Wirth Parkway will re-open for the weekend and then be closed Monday, June 5 – Wednesday June 7 to complete work in this area. Every effort is being made to minimize that time. The trail will remain closed for several weeks. Thank you again for your patience.
Winter 2017/Spring 2018
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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]
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]
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:
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:
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.