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Coronavirus Response

As Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-56 went into effect Monday to safely reopen Minnesota’s economy and ensure safe non-work activities during Stay Safe MN, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is beginning to slowly re-open courts, play areas, skateparks and sport fields over the next two weeks with the expectation that park visitors will follow social distancing guidance outlined in the order.

In Executive Order 20-56, the Governor encourages public outdoor recreational facilities be open for families and children, and directs all individuals utilizing such facilities to follow the Department of Natural Resources’ Outdoor Recreation Guidelines, which were updated yesterday, May 18, and include the following guidelines for the public:

Practice social distancing of at least six feet, except for members of the same family.

If it is not possible to maintain social distancing throughout the activity, such as while playing a sport like basketball or volleyball where participants are often in close proximity, then you should only participate in that activity with members of your household.

Keep in mind that even activities and sports that are typically thought of as non-contact, such as doubles tennis or pickleball, may require special accommodations to allow for social distancing.

Do not gather in groups of more than 10 people.

Explore the range of nearby public lands available to you; if you arrive at a park, water access site, or other public recreation land and see that it is busy, choose a different option.

Avoid contact with shared amenities like playground equipment, picnic tables, and benches. Assume such equipment has not been sanitized. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer if you do come in contact with shared amenities.

The MPRB urges park visitors to follow the executive order and the outdoor recreation guidelines. MPRB Park Ambassadors will continue to be in neighborhood and regional parks to provide information and encouragement on social distancing practices to park visitors. Park signs will remind visitors to stay six feet apart, avoid team sports, and to wash hands before and after park visits and use hand sanitizer during park visits.

RE-OPENING OVER NEXT TWO WEEKS, with the expectation of social distancing, no more than 10 people per amenity, and no team sports:

Basketball courts – approximately 100 basketball courts opening across the park system

Play areas– 118 play areas located throughout park system

Skateparks– six skateparks

Sport fields– almost 400 multipurpose fields for soccer, football, baseball and softball

Tennis courts – more than 120 tennis courts across the park system

CURRENTLY OPEN (or OPENING SOON), some with modifications per Executive Order guidelines:

Parks, Trails and Parkways - 180 parks, 51 miles of Grand Round trails, trails throughout neighborhood parks, 21 miles of parkways closed to motorized vehicles and open to pedestrians and cyclists

Golf Courses – six golf courses and three driving ranges

Dog Parks – seven dog parks

Gardens and sanctuaries – 12 floral gardens and two bird sanctuaries

Eateries -- take-out options only -- Lola’s Food Truck started weekend service at Bde Maka Ska last weekend and Bread & Pickle at Lake Harriet opened last weekend. Opening soon: Sea Salt will open at Minnehaha Falls on May 22; Sandcastle will open at Lake Nokomis on June 3.

Bike and Boat Rentals – bike rentals opened last weekend at Minnehaha Falls and bike and boat rentals opened last weekend at Bde Maka Ska and Lake Nokomis. Opening soon: bike and boat rentals will open at Lake Harriet on May 23.

Boat/canoe launches and fishing piers –five boat launches, seven canoe launches, and 10 fishing piers

Visit for more information about the MPRB’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and sign up to receive email updates at by selecting “COVID-19” in the “News Updates” section.

Park spaces near water tend to be busier, now is a great time to visit a neighborhood park for your walk instead --find the neighborhood park closest to you at

#1 Park System in the US!

Minneapolis reclaimed its position as the best park system in the country, according to The Trust for Public Land!

Many thanks to all Minneapolis residents, park users, park employees, volunteers and community partners who make our parks so special!

“We are honored by the top ranking and recognize how important parks are to all Minneapolis residents, particularly during this national health crisis,” said Al Bangoura, Superintendent of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

“We remain committed to providing critical park improvements and services, with a focus on the most racially diverse and economically challenged areas of the city. For years we have used equity tools and metrics in establishing our annual budget, capital improvement budget and recreation programming, and we will continue to do so during this pandemic.”

Read more about this recognition here.

Open Swim

Authorized Lifeguarded open water swim opportunities are available again this summer at Lake Nokomis Main Beach Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 - 7:30pm and Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 9:30am- 11:30am, June 09 - Aug. 23. The course is approximately 600 yards to swim from Nokomis Main across to 50th Beach; round trip is approx. 1200 yards or 3/4 of a mile. Swimmers can deploy from either Main or 50th Beach. Social distancing standards must be maintained before, during, and after program participation. Upon registration for this program, participants agree to maintain social distance (6 feet) at all times. Failure to comply will result in removal from the program. All participants must be a registered club member, wear designated club cap, and comply with Club standards.
Register here:

Realistically, how we move will define the success of the program; re- calibrating our expectations will make or break the program’s success. Plan on parking being an issue, arriving ready to swim, limited Biffs for bathrooms, and exit the water and keep moving until you can be in a place that honors social distancing.

Park Concessions Opening for the Season

Sea Salt is opening on Friday, May 22nd for take-out. If this is good news to you, please read this wordy update from them so you know how it works:

You can place your order via our takeout website (we’ll post the new site on Friday morning) during the hours of 11:30-2:30 and 4:30-7:30. Once you submit your order, you’ll receive a confirmation text/email and you’ll receive another once your order is ready for pick-up on our front patio (the one that usually has the umbrellas.)

To ensure a no contact setting, we are not accepting walk-ins and all money transactions will be via the website. We also have added safety-related steps in the kitchen and all staff will be wearing masks & gloves.

We are offering a pretty limited menu to start (sorry if your fave isn’t available) but hey, we have French fries in hopes of buying your love. We also have beer & cider and will be adding bottles of wine as soon as possible. Unfortunately we will not offer ice cream at this time.

While there are some permanent tables & benches throughout the park, our tables & chairs are packed away. If you wish to eat in the park, we recommend you plan for a take-out picnic.

We expect our menu and set-up to continually evolve in the days & weeks ahead. We’ll share updates here as they occur.

Please be patient with us as we adjust to a lot of changes. Online orders and many other revised processes make this feel like a whole new restaurant. Thanks for being the same awesome customers!

Sandcastle will open on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. They are working to develop a take-out only model in coordination with MPRB staff to be sure they are social distancing appropriately to keep customers and staff safe. Also in the works - a special take out menu including picnic bags, beer, wine, and more! Sandcastle will share more details as they get closer to opening on their Facebook page and website.

Planning Projects

Master Planning for Hiawatha Golf Course Property

The Latest:  No new update at this time.

Draft Design of Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan is available online!

Video Presentation:

Presentation Graphics and Narrative [PDF]

The project is now focused on one preferred plan after more than two years of community engagement, however, the draft design shared today is not final. There are several more steps and opportunities to weigh in throughout 2020 before the plan is complete.

Please read the updates posted under "Additional Information" in the attached link for detailed information on the Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan: Update

Please visit the project page for more information and to sign up for notification of upcoming meetings.

Minnehaha Creek Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan

The Latest:
No new updates at this time.

Previous Update:

At its Feb. 10 meeting, the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Community Advisory Committee (CAC) completed its work and made recommendations to the Board of Commissioners for the entire creek corridor.

The master plan recommended by the CAC is the result of around 18 months of community engagement and features several visionary design ideas. It was a collaborative effort between the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB), Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and the City of Minneapolis to chart a 30-year vision for the corridor.

🌳Ecology and Water Management💦

Ecological enhancement, flood mitigation and stormwater management are at the heart of the plan. At full implementation the plan would:

Add 1.7 miles to the creek's length within Minneapolis

Create numerous water-cleansing, habitat-enhancing wetlands and floodplain improvements

Turn the Lake Harriet tributary into an open, free flowing stream

Remove enough phosphorous to achieve City of Minneapolis and MPRB responsibility for phosphorous reduction in the Minnehaha Creek and make strides towards meeting the goals for Lake Hiawatha

🚴‍♀️ Bike/Walk Safety🚶🏾‍♂️

The plan envisions an improved environment for bicyclists and pedestrians while preserving continuous motorized vehicle traffic on the parkway road in both directions.

Improvements are focused at key intersections:

Near Lynnhurst Park

50th Street and Portland Avenue

Minnehaha Parkway and Bloomington Avenue

Minnehaha Parkway and Cedar Avenue

🛶 Recreation Improvements 🚵‍♀️

Increased recreation opportunities are found throughout the plan:

New canoe/kayak launches (including ADA accessible options)

A new adventure play area under the Nicollet Avenue bridge

Bike skills and mountain bike parks near Bloomington Avenue and near 34th Avenue

A westward extension of bike and pedestrian trails from Lynnhurst Park to Morgan Avenue

CAC-Recommended Design Concepts

The CAC-recommended design largely follows the revised preferred concepts released on January 14, 2020. Drawings will not be updated at this time, but revised drawings will be included in the draft document that is shared for public comment. The most-recent design concepts are linked below:

Segment 1

Western Minneapolis border to Lake Harriet outlet/west terminus of Minnehaha Parkway, including Penn-Newton-Morgan and Lynnhurst Focus Areas.

Modifications from drawing:

Addition of signage/wayfinding at the western city limits

Identification of needed improvements at the York Avenue outfall

Inclusion of alternate walk/bike routes between Logan Avenue and the 52nd Street pedestrian bridge, to allow flexibility during implementation in light of floodplain and flooding concerns along Morgan Avenue

Segment 2

Girard Avenue to I-35W, including Nicollet Hollow Focus Area

Modifications from drawing:

Assurance in plan graphics and text that the 51st Street sledding hill will be preserved

Removal of the picnic area shown on the south side of the creek near Emerson Avenue

Segment 3

I-35W to Cedar Avenue (Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park border), including Portland+Parkway Focus Area

Recommended as drawn.

Segment 4

Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park border to Minnehaha Falls Regional Park border.

Recommended as drawn.

Next Steps

The CAC process has concluded and the online survey is closed, but there are several community input and approval steps remaining:

MPRB staff and the design team will spend the coming weeks preparing an overall written and graphic document, called the draft Master Plan

The draft Master Plan will be released for a 45-day public comment period

Based on responses during the comment period, the Master Plan may be modified

A public hearing on the Master Plan will be held at a regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners

The Master Plan will be considered for adoption by the Board of Commissioners

About this Project:

Master Planning is underway for this regional trail. The trail encompasses parkland along both sides Minnehaha Creek between Minnehaha Regional Park and the western city limit.

Subscribe to the project page to receive updates.

Parks for All: Comprehensive Planning

The Latest: Virtual Park Summit
May 26th - June 2nd, 2020

We have expanded and extended our original day-long summit (originally scheduled for early May) to accommodate the need to take the conversation online in observance of social distancing guidelines around COVID-19. We hope you find that this format flexible with many opportunities to engage in Parks for All, the MPRB 2021 Comprehensive Plan.

The Park Summit is a week-long long virtual event to share out and collect feedback on draft policy recommendations for the next decade of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation system.

Plug in to one or all the forums to ask questions, share feedback, or get involved! Thank you to all the workgroup members, forum participants, Youth Design Team, Commissioners, staff, and the Community Advisory Committee who have worked so hard to develop these recommendations for the next 10 years of our park and recreation system.

View Virtual Park Summit:

View Parks for All Project Page:

What is next for Parks for All?
June-July 2020: The draft plan will be developed, written, and designed
August-September 2020: Draft plan goes out for 45-day public comment period for the public to provide feedback
Fall 2020: Plan is revised based on public comment period feedback
Winter 2020: Revised plan goes to MPRB Board of Commissioners for review and adoption

About this project:
The current comprehensive plan covered the period of 2007-2020, this plan will provide priorities and policy direction for the park system for the next decade. This press release provides an overview of the value this planning effort provides. There are a number of ways to engage with this project: 


Minnehaha Creek FEMA Repairs

Crews are repairing 10 sites on Minnehaha Creek in Minneapolis where sections of streambank and trails were eroded by high water in 2014. Seven of the sites are located downstream of Minnehaha Falls. The other three sites are east and west of I-35W.

FEMA granted an extension of the work through January 2020 as the remainder of restoration work at three sites below Minnehaha Falls is on hold due to high water flows in Minnehaha Creek. The few weeks of remaining work will resume after flows decrease enough to allow work to occur.

.This project is happening in conjunction with the MPRB's Minnehaha Parkway Trail master planning process. Please visit the project page for more information. 

Minnehaha Park Area Regional Sewer Improvements Project

Construction is expected to begin in September 2019 and be completed in summer 2021. A robust temporary conveyance system will be in place during construction to direct wastewater around the work site. Some impacts to park users and residents may include: lights, noise, nuisance odor release, tree removals, construction vehicle traffic and equipment parking, lane shifts and temporary Hiawatha Avenue intersection closures, parking restrictions on Minnehaha Parkway, and a bike trail closure.

Hiawatha Bicycle Trail Closure

A section of Hiawatha Bicycle Trail between the Minnehaha Creek Trail and Minnehaha Parkway will be closed throughout construction to accommodate temporary wastewater conveyance piping. Bicycle traffic will be detoured to Minnehaha Creek Trail, 34th Avenue and Minnehaha Parkway. Protected bike lanes with temporary bollards will be created on sections of 34th Avenue crossing Minnehaha Creek and along east- and westbound Minnehaha Parkway.

Project Page:

Lake Nokomis Shoreline Enhancements

The Latest: Erosion control and shoreline grading is nearing its end. Stormwater pipe replacement being done by the City Public Works Department is underway. 

About this Project:

A Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage grant is funding restoration of almost 4,800 linear feet of shoreline along north and northeastern shore of Lake Nokomis. This area of shoreline was selected due to increased erosion that has occurred along much of this area.

This project was identified as part of the 2015 Nokomis-Hiawatha Master Plan, which calls for increasing naturalized areas to improve water quality, stabilize shorelines and increase habitat. New native vegetation will extend from the shoreline to within four feet of the walking path.

Shoreline enhancements will improve habitat for both aquatic and upland animal species. It will stabilize erosion, seek to remove invasive plants, and create a functional continuum of shoreline zones. Plantings will accommodate fluctuations in water level, allowing for resilience to changing water level conditions in the lake. Improvements will be constructed primarily along the north shoreline of the lake. 

This project has received regulatory approval. The United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) and the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) have completed review of the Lake Nokomis Shoreline Enhancements project. SHPO concluded the proposed improvements have no adverse effects to the Grand Rounds Historic District and USACE permitted the project for proposed bank stabilization measures.

Project Design

The proposed design uses three different planting zones along the shoreline. 

The Emergent Wetland Zone starts at the ordinary high-water level (OHWL) and extends into the lake. Once established, new aquatic plants will reduce wave energy to help reduce erosion. A temporary fence will be installed to help plants establish. 

The Shoreline Buffer Zone lies between the OHWL and wetland boundary. It will be planted with a seed mix that's compatible with shoreline environmental elements.

The Upland Buffer Zone starts at the wetland boundary and extends away from the lake until four feet from the paved trail. It will be planted with a seed mix that's compatible with upland environmental elements. The four-foot strip will be mowed grass. Another temporary fence will also protect new planting areas and connect to the emergent wetland fence.

A variety of access points will still remain so park user can still access the lake.

Questions about this project can be sent to the project manager, Jon Duesman

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28th Avenue S Bridge Replacement

Construction began July 15, 2019, wet conditions have delayed this project. This project was originally slated to be done in 2019. Unfortunately, the project fell behind schedule due to record rainfall, an unexpected water main break, and issues working with private utilities. Public Works expects the bridge to be complete by mid-June. Notification on this delay was mailed out to surrounding residents.

As called for in the Nokomis-Hiawatha Master Plan, this project not only rebuilds the bridge over Minnehaha Creek, but also connects bicycle and pedestrian trails under the 28th Avenue bridge along Minnehaha Creek to allow for a safer crossing of 28th Avenue S.

Questions about the project should be directed to the city project manager:


20 Year Neighborhood Park Plan (NPP20)

In 2016, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the City of Minneapolis approved ordinances to reverse years of underfunding in neighborhood parks. The 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan (NPP20) is a long-term initiative that will transform the neighborhood park system with the following measures:

  • Protect current levels of MPRB funding.
  • Dedicate an additional $11 million annually, through 2036, in NPP20 funds for increased maintenance, rehabilitation and capital investments in neighborhood parks.
  • Allocate NPP20 funds using a data-driven, criteria-based system to help address racial and economic equity.

Phelps Park Improvements

Construction is anticipated to begin this season, subscribe to the project page to receive updates.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will be replacing the playground and wading pool at Phelps Park in 2020! Thank you to all who have participated in the Community input process by sharing your thoughts and opinions on the future of Phelps Park. The schematic drawings reflect the comments and preferences shared by park users and neighbors including the Boys and Girls Club, neighboring childcare centers, neighborhood residents and community organizers.

Final Schematic Design Concept [PDF]

Questions about this project should be directed to the project manager : Jon Duesman,

Subscribe to the project page to receive updates. 

Commissioner Musich represents the fifth park district in the South East corner of Minneapolis.

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Broaden access to youth sports and environmental education.

Utilize a systemic approach to capital improvements and planning processes to ensure that investments being made build on system wide goals and are done equitably.

Enhance natural areas management to increase their ecological function.


Commissioner Musich has a BA in English Literature from the University of Minnesota, and has worked in the banking industry for the past 18 years, six of them as a Corporate Accountant and for the past nine years in various capacities on an IT team.  Along with several other neighborhood residents, she started the Friends of Lake Nokomis, a non-profit stewardship and advocacy group that partners with local government agencies and other non-profits to protect, preserve and improve Lake Nokomis and its surrounding park.  She has also served the community as a University of Minnesota Master Gardener with Hennepin County.   

Special Interests 

The commissioner, along with her husband and son have converted the lawns of their urban lot just south of Lake Nokomis into a small urban  farm with honeybees in a second story apiary, plum trees, a cider apple tree, lingonberry and blueberry bushes, grape vines, a vegetable plot and herb gardens.  To bring more pollinators to their gardens, established perennial beds have been slowly converted to house native plants, and turf has been over seeded with yarrow, marjoram, tickweed, ground plum, creeping thyme, calico aster and clover and a green roof prairie was incorporated into the rebuilding of their garage. Learn about Bee Lawns and Green Roofs

Avid cyclists, skiers, canoists, sailors and swimmers you can often find them cruising the trails, swimming or boating throughout the system. The commissioner's son participates in the MPRB's and MPS youth sports leagues bringing the family to park courses and athletic fields throughout the city for games. While recuperating from outdoor adventures, the commissioner can be found immersed in a book.

Current reading selection: The Unlikely Adventures of the Sergill Sisters by Balli Kuar Jaswal.  This tale of women pack-horse librarians in Appalachia is just the escape I needed during whatever week of the pandemic shut in this is. Fantastic character building, engrossing plot, just all around good. E-book copies can be requested through the library.


Discover Your Next Park Adventure!

Recreation Fee Assistance

Minneapolis residents who cannot afford instructional fees because of economic need may apply for fee assistance through the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Fee Assistance Program.
Questions? Contact your local recreation center (Recreation Center List) or the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board information line at 612-230-6400 or

Each year, through generous donations from corporate sponsors and local musicians, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board puts on concerts and shows films throughout the summer season. I add all of the events occurring in or very near the 5th district to my Facebook events to make it easier for you to find something fun, and free to do that's close to home. So pack a picnic, pump up the tires on your bike and head to a park near you for some free and fun entertainment this summer!
Family Nature Club

Parks on Social Media

Lake Hiawatha Park
Minnehaha Park
Morris Park
Keewaydin Park
Hiawatha Golf Course
Elmer the Elm Tree

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