Check out initial plans outlining the future of parks and trails along Minnehaha Creek!

View the plans and weigh in online or see them in person and discuss with planners at two upcoming events!

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) has published initial proposed long-term plans for improving and managing Minnehaha Creek and the parkway, parkland and trails adjacent to it between Minnehaha Regional Park and the western Minneapolis border. These initial park design concepts were created after considering thoughts, ideas and opinions compiled throughout last summer and fall from public events, online surveys that garnered hundreds of comments, and discussions with partner organizations, MPRB staff and stakeholders.

Park Design Concepts

The Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan is sorted into four Segments and eight Focus Areas within the segments. One or two preliminary site concepts have been developed for each Focus Area. Each concept contains ideas relating to:

  • Trail and parkway realignment
  • Stormwater infrastructure and potential creek re-meanders
  • Natural resource management areas
  • Creek access points
  • Recreational amenities
  • Precedent (example) images to demonstrate ideas

These concepts are not final. Follow the links below to view and provide feedback online.

Segment 1 [PDF]

Western Minneapolis border to Lake Harriet outlet/west terminus of Minnehaha Parkway.

Segment 2 [PDF]

Girard Avenue to I-35W

Segment 3 [PDF]

I-35W to Cedar Avenue (Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park border)

Segment 4 [PDF]

Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park to Minnehaha Regional Park

Comment on Park Design Concepts

This project does not include areas within Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park, which has its own Master Plan that was approved by MPRB Commissioners in March 2015: Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park Master Plan

If you’re interested in the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan, you may also be interested in the Southwest Service Area Master Plan (called Southwest Parks Plan for short), which also released initial proposed design concepts today. The Southwest Parks Plan covers more than 40 neighborhood park properties in Southwest Minneapolis.

Follow the link below and click “Draft Designs” on the right column to view those concepts: Southwest Parks Plan Project Page

Chat with Park Designers at Upcoming Events

Two public events are scheduled to review the Minnehaha Creek park designs and discuss them with project designers:

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, 6-8 pm
Lake Nokomis Community Center, 2401 E Minnehaha Parkway

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, 6-8 pm 
Morris Recreation Center, 5531 39th Ave. S

This event is Community Advisory Committee Meeting #4. All CAC meetings are open to the public and anyone interested in the future of Minnehaha Creek and the parkland and trails that surround it is encouraged to attend!