The Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Trail and Access Improvements project is in the final stages of design, with construction anticipated for Summer/Fall 2017. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) plans to maintain complete trail loops around both lakes throughout construction; however, trail users should anticipate detours and trail congestion while work takes place.
Trail Rehabilitation: 1.3 miles of pedestrian trail and 2.0 miles of bike trail around Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska and Lake Harriet will be rehabilitated.
Pedestrian Ramps: Approximately 50 new ADA-compliant pedestrian ramps installed around the two lakes.
SE Harriet: The connection of between Minnehaha Creek Trail and Lake Harriet Trail will be improved with a new off-road bicycle path connecting to a raised crossing at Lake Harriet Parkway.
NE Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska: Trail circulation improvements are planned to better separate bicycles and pedestrians. MPRB had originally planned to create an on-road protected bike lane on West Lake Street between Thomas Ave and East Calhoun Parkway, however, in working with Hennepin County, the current design will widen the existing off-road bike and pedestrian trail over the Lake Street Bridge by reducing traffic lane widths.
This project is part of the first round of improvements identified in the draft Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Master Plan. Interested park users are encouraged to review and comment on the plan, linked above, until the public comment period closes March 4.
The trail and access issues addressed by this project were identified as high-priority, short-term goals by the Master Plan’s Community Advisory Committee. Due to upcoming funding deadlines, these trail and access improvements are moving forward concurrently with the Master Plan. A public hearing on the Master Plan is tentatively scheduled for the April 12 Board of Commissioners meeting.
Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board