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Adam Arvidson

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Current Phase: Planning
Construction: Ongoing

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Project Milestones

June 2016

  • Phase 2 Trails and Shorelines Complete

September 2015-June 2016

  • Phase 2 trails construction

May-September 2015

  • Phase 1 Play Areas and Trails Complete

March-August 2015

  • Phase 2 Trails and Shorelines Design and Plans

Project History

June 2015

  • Master Plan Complete

May 2015

  • Play area installation completed

March 11, 2015

  • CAC Meeting #8

March 4, 2015

  • Board Action - Resolution 2015-121
    • Resolution to Approve the Master Plan for Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park

February 4, 2015

  • Public Hearing

November 6-December 22, 2014

  • Public review and comment on the Draft Master Plan

Oct 2014-April 2015

  • Master Plan board approval, public comment, and Met Council approval

September 23, 2014

  • CAC Meeting #7

September 9, 2014

  • CAC Meeting #6

August 26, 2014

  • CAC Meeting #5

August 14, 2014

  • Open House #2

August 6, 2014

July 28, 2014

  • CAC Meeting #4

June 24, 2014

  • CAC Meeting #3

June 12, 2014

  • Open House #1

May 29, 2014

  • CAC Meeting #2

May 15, 2014

May 2, 2014

March 24, 2014

March 19, 2014

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March 11, 2015CAC #8 Meeting Summary

September 23, 2014CAC #7 Meeting Summary

September 9, 2014CAC #6 Meeting Summary

August 26, 2014CAC #5 Meeting Summary

August 14, 2014Open House #2 Summary

July 29, 2014CAC #4 Meeting Summary

June 24, 2014CAC #3 Meeting Summary

June 12, 2014Open House #1 Summary

May 29, 2014CAC #2 Meeting Summary

May 15, 2014CAC #1 Meeting Summary

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Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park includes approximately 660 acres of land and water surrounding Lakes Nokomis and Hiawatha. The first plan for improvements in the park was drawn by Theodore Wirth in 1919, while a 1934 plan is the first to show both lakes.

The project will improve Nokomis/Hiawatha Regional Park in three ways:

  • Two play areas will be renewed with improved accessibility and equipment. The 54th Street play area will be completely replaced with a new system that meets current safety and accessibility guidelines. The Lake Nokomis main beach area will be augmented with improved accessibility.
  • Segments of trails and shorelines along Lake Nokomis will be improved. Some trails will be reconstructed to meet current guidelines. Reaches of shoreline may be re-graded and re-vegetated in an ongoing effort to improve water quality in Lake Nokomis.
  • A new Master Plan for Nokomis/Hiawatha Regional Park will reflect community desires and envision future improvements and management to this park.

This project has two separate funding deadlines, so the project must be broken into three sub-projects, two of which will happen at the same time.

  • Master Plan: A new Master Plan for the park will be developed and will set a vision and budget for Phase 1 and Phase 2 improvements to trails and roadways shorelines and water quality; and recreation opportunities ranging from play areas to aquatics to sports. The Master Plan will be complete by June of 2015. Due to funding restrictions it will not consider Hiawatha Golf Course.
  • Phase 1 Play Areas and Trails: The 54th Street "Triangle Park" play area, which does not currently meet safety and accessibility standards, will be replaced. Accessibility improvements at the Lake Nokomis main beach play area and the beach itself will be considered. Phase 1 will also will reconstruct, relocate, or regrade portions of trail and/or shoreline, based on citizen, consultant, and staff recommendations. Phase 1 improvements will be complete by June of 2015.
  • Phase 2 Trails and Shorelines: Upon completion of the Master Plan, a second phase of trail and shoreline improvements will take place. The exact project will be determined through prioritization exercises within the Master Plan process. Phase 2 improvements will be complete by June of 2016.


Capital Sources: Play Areas: Met Council Parks and Trails

  • Amount: $1,222,030 (approximately $480,000 of this funding is dedicated to The Nokomis Main Beach project already underway)
  • Expiration: June 30, 2015

Capital Sources: Trails: Met Council Parks and Trails

  • Amount: $550,000
  • Expiration: June 30, 2016

Park History

See David C. Smith's Parks, Lakes, Trails and So Much More [PDF].