Cedar Lake South Beach Improvements Update

Renovated beach still on track to open by Fourth of July

Construction on the Cedar Lake South Beach Improvements project is progressing smoothly. The restroom building is 50% complete and retaining wall installation has begun.

Trail, beach and lake access will remain closed until construction is complete, which is on schedule for Fourth of July weekend.

Site Plan

The plan for this project includes a new three-season restroom, drinking fountain, foot wash station, bicycle racks, shrub and tree plantings, benches, a terraced retaining wall with stair access to beach, restored turf areas, new crosswalks across Cedar Lake Parkway and trail improvements to Cedar Lake Regional Trail.

Cedar Lake South Beach Site Plan [PDF] 

Project History and Funding

In 2015-16, community engagement began and the Cedar Isles Dean Neighborhood Association (CIDNA) allocated Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) funds to prepare plans and construction cost estimates for the project. An initial plan to upgrade the beach was approved by MPRB Commissioners on April 6, 2016.

On March 8, 2017 the MPRB accepted an anonymous donation of up to $409,000 to help fund the project, contingent upon the inclusion of a restroom with plumbing. Additional community engagement was performed in April 2017 and the amended plan to upgrade the beach, which includes the restroom building, was approved on May 17, 2017.

MPRB Commissioners accepted a construction bid on Nov. 1, 2017, construction began on Nov. 20, and the project is expected to be complete by summer 2018.

Cedar Lake South Beach is part of Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Regional Park and no regional park funding has been allocated for this project. Instead, a combination of the anonymous donation, $350,000 in park dedication fees and $75,000 in CIDNA NRP funds are paying for the project.