Public hearing scheduled May 3 for amended plan to upgrade Cedar Lake South Beach

Anonymous donor pledges $250,000, contingent on addition of restroom building to plan

At its May 3, 2017 meeting, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) of Commissioners will host a public hearing to amend a plan – originally approved in April 2016 – to build numerous improvements at Cedar Lake South Beach.

In 2016, the Cedar Isles Dean Neighborhood Association (CIDNA), which funded an initial study of the beach redesign, allocated Neighborhood Revitalization Program funding and Park Dedication Fees to construct the South Beach improvements. An anonymous donor pledged to cover the remaining funds needed for construction, contingent upon the inclusion of a restroom with plumbing as part of the project. The building was not included in the original plan approved by MPRB Commissioners in April 2016, so another public hearing is necessary to approve an amendment that adds the restroom facility.

A community meeting was held April 17, 2017. to discuss the amended plan. At the meeting, pros and cons of several locations for the restroom building were discussed and concept plans for the restroom building were presented and approved.  If the amended plan is approved, MPRB staff will continue to work with the CIDNA Board to develop the design and address neighborhood concerns.

Cedar Lake South Beach is part of Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Regional Park. Typically all capital improvements in a regional park, such as those proposed for South Beach, are funded by the State of Minnesota through the Metropolitan Council.  MPRB staff determined funding for the construction of the South Beach improvements would not be available for years, so CIDNA worked to find other sources. 

If the amended plan is approved by MPRB Commissioners, construction is planned for fall 2017 with the beach reopening in June 2018. Visit the Cedar Lake South Beach project page and enter your email address into the “Subscribe to Email Updates” box to stay informed about project developments and schedule.

Plan Details

The amended plan includes:

  • An accessible single stall restroom along the Grand Rounds trail on the west side of the beach
  • ADA-accessible ramps and new crosswalk improvements on Cedar Lake Parkway
  • A widened bike and pedestrian trail  along Cedar Lake Parkway
  • A wide, separated seating plaza at the upper rim along the trail, located between the Cedar Lake Parkway and the beach
  • Low walls and planted bank between the seating plaza and beach to decrease beach slope
  • Stair access to the beach on the east and west sides of the plaza
  • A ramp to wheel canoes/kayaks down to the lake
  • New canoe racks, bike racks, picnic tables and grill
  • Rehabilitated and relocated community bulletin board
  • Stormwater management improvements
  • Preservation of the trees east of the beach
  • Tree and shrub plantings and turf restoration, including reclamation of the eroding maintenance path to the existing portable toilets.

For more detail, see the April 17 community meeting presentation on the Cedar Lake South Beach Improvements project page.


CIDNA generously allocated $115,000 in Neighborhood Revitalization Program funds to prepare plans and help pay for construction these improvements. CIDNA also allocated $350,000 from Park Dedication Fees. Learn more about Park Dedication Fees on the MPRB Park Dedication page. An anonymous donor pledged $250,000 to cover the remainder of anticipated construction costs.

Questions from the public

Deborah Bartels
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Questions from the media

Dawn Sommers
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board