Work is underway on Phase 2 of the Minnehaha Parkway Trail Improvements projectPosted on 8 January, 2019
Work includes boardwalk replacement along Minnehaha Creek east of Lyndale Avenue to Garfield Avenue
Work on Phase 2 of the Minnehaha Parkway Trail Improvements project is underway. Phase 2 will replace the boardwalk along Minnehaha Creek east of Lyndale Avenue to Garfield Avenue.
When Phase 2 is complete, the trail will be wide enough to accommodate both bicyclists and pedestrians traveling underneath the Lyndale Avenue Bridge. The new trail will also have a reduced slope that complies with standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Work is expected to continue through the winter and spring and wrap up during summer 2019. Restoration work on the banks of Minnehaha Creek conducted in partnership with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is also a part of this project.
Phase 1, completed in 2016, widened the existing pedestrian asphalt trail starting just west of Bryant Avenue up to the Lyndale Avenue Bridge. It also improved the trail crossing at Lyndale Avenue.
Onsite signage alerts trail users of the ongoing work and help guide trail users around the work area. Please stay away from the work area while the project is under construction.
Minnehaha Creek Master Plan
The two-phase Minnehaha Parkway Trail Improvement project described above was approved by Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Commissioners in 2015. Another project that will set a vision and priorities for future park improvements and management along the creek from Minnehaha Regional Park to the western Minneapolis border launched last summer.
Check out the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan project page for more information on that project. Currently MPRB staff and consultants are analyzing public feedback collected last summer and fall to create draft concept drawings showing future potential park improvements along the trail.
The concept drawings will be published for public review and discussion in early 2019, then those concepts will be refined after park users have a chance to weigh in on the initial designs. Visit the project page linked above and sign up for email updates to stay informed.