Chain of Lakes Regional Park CAC Meetings and Open Houses

The following e-mail was sent by the Park Board to correct some open-house dates and CAC meeting dates that were previously announced incorrectly:

Public Meetings to Begin on July 21:

Two public meetings and an open house mark the beginning of an eight-month planning process to develop a 25 year vision for Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet, which are parks within the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Regional Park: https://www.minneapolisparks.org/parks__destinations/parks_and_lakes/minneapolis_chain_of_lakes_regional_park/ To inform the process, neighborhood associations and elected officials from across the region have appointed residents to a Community Advisory Committee (CAC). This committee will meet seven times from mid-July through January of 2015 to assist in developing a master plan and determining priorities for long-, medium-, and short-term improvements.

Mark your calendar for these opportunities to participate:

CAC Meetings: Jones Harrison Residence, 3700 Cedar Lake Ave., Minneapolis. 6:30-8:30 pm. All meetings are open to the public and will include an opportunity for public participation and/or comment.

Tuesdays except for Sept. 21 (Monday):

July 21 and 28
September 21 and 29
October 27
November 17
January 12

Community Open Houses:  An opportunity to review planning efforts to date and discuss with the design consultant , park staff, and CAC members

* Thursday, July 30              6:30-8:30 pm.     St. Mary’s Lake Calhoun Event Center (Terrace Room), 3450 Irving Ave S, Minneapolis

* Thursday, Oct. 1               6:30-8:30 pm.     Bakken Museum (Classroom), 3537 Zenith Ave S, Minneapolis

* Thursday,Nov. 5               6:30-8:30 pm.     St. Mary’s Lake Calhoun Event Center Terrace Room, 3450 Irving Ave S, Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Chain of Lakes is the most visited regional park in the seven county metropolitan area. Estimated visits to park have increased from 2.2 million in 1995 to more than 5 million in 2013, with 45% of the visits from people living outside of Minneapolis. The natural resources, surrounding neighborhoods, and amenities of these two parks are heavily impacted by the public use and popularity of these parks areas.

Approximately $3 million from Metropolitan Council Parks and Trails funds is available for improvements at Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet parks. Many previous studies and plans, a rich history of multi-layered city development, years of community use and input, and many urban park issues have made these two parks what they are today.

The Board is interested in hearing from the public about their long term vision for these parks through this planning process and invites you to share your ideas!

For more information, and to sign up for emails updates or take a survey, go to the project webpage: https://www.minneapolisparks.org/park_care__improvements/park_projects/current_projects/lake_calhounlake_harriet_chain_of_lakes_regional_park_improvements/
or contact the project manager, Deborah Bartels at dbartels@minneapolisparks.org or (612) 230-6438.