Work on Cedar Lake South Beach upgrades begins Monday, November 20

Project includes new retaining wall, seating plaza, widened trail and three-season restroom

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is happy to announce that construction on the Cedar Lake South Beach Improvements project begins Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.

This winter workers will perform site preparation, make utility connections and install the building foundation for a new three-season restroom. The beach will remain closed until construction is complete, which is anticipated before 4th of July weekend. Cedar Lake Regional Trail users will encounter a short detour around the construction site during the beach closure.

Plan Details

The plan includes:

  • A new three-season restroom building with ornamental screens and drinking fountain
  • ADA-accessible ramps and new crosswalk striping on Cedar Lake Parkway
  • Widened bike and pedestrian paths along Cedar Lake Regional Trail
  • A wide, separated seating plaza between the Cedar Lake Regional Trail and the beach
  • Stair access to the beach on the east side of the plaza
  • New bike racks
  • Rehabilitated and relocated community bulletin board
  • Stormwater management improvements
  • Tree and shrub plantings and turf restoration
  • New foot wash

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 will begin 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.