Update on the Brownie Lake Project

The following update was posted on the Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association’s website:


Curious about the improvements planned for Brownie Lake – aimed at trail safety and natural resource protection? Read on…..

Keeping you in the loop:

Follow the project: http://www.minneapolisparks.org/brownielake

View the proposed Brownie Lake concepts posted here (and online)

Tell us what you like, and share, your concerns about the concepts at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/brownielakecomment

Attend the next meeting. The next Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting is on Tuesday 1/31 to select the preferred concept. The public is welcome! Kenwood Community Center, from 6:30-8:30pm.

View the preferred concept for Brownie Lake at the Open House on 2/14. Kenwood Community Center, from 6:30-8:30pm.


From the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Website:

Brownie Lake is a lovely, secluded water body surrounded by steep wooded slopes, located at the north end of the Chain of Lakes. This natural area is enjoyed by hikers, bicyclists, canoeists, skiers, and an occasional fisherperson.

An Area Plan for Brownie Lake and its environs will be created through the joint efforts of the MPRB, SRF Consulting Inc., and an appointed Community Advisory Committee (CAC). The plan will address a variety of concerns, including:

The section of the Cedar Lake Parkway bike trail that runs along the east rim above Brownie Lake is a key link in a network of regional trails and receives over 370,000 visits per year. Built in 1976 as a combined-use trail, its six-foot width does not meet minimum Grand Rounds standards.

Closer to the lake itself, a proliferation over the last decade of unplanned paths are contributing to erosion that, along with invasive species such as buckthorn and unmanaged stormwater runoff, pose a threat to the lake’s character as well as its water quality.

Access into the basin from the rim.

Replacement of the lift station on the east side of the lake.

Construction is expected to begin sometime in the late summer or fall of 2012 and be complete in 2013. The schedule, however, as well as the project scope, is somewhat dependent on the passage of the federal Transportation Enhancement Act, anticipated in the spring of 2012.