Harriet-Calhoun Panel Begins Discussing Potential Park Renovations

The following article by Steve Brandt was published online in the Star Tribune on October 1, 2015.

Harriet-Calhoun Panel Begins Discussing Potential Park Renovations


Five meetings into its work, an advisory committee for renovations at lakes Harriet and Calhoun got a chance Tuesday night to see some ideas from planners on options for how parkland there might be reshaped.

The remaining 25 members of the panel got a chance to consider whether they want a plan that emphasizes the ecological health of the lakes, emphasizes its play spaces or emphasizes the telling of stories of the cultures of Minneapolis.

Those choices aren’t mutually exclusive, assistant park superintendent Michael Schroeder told the group, but matters of degree of emphasis. That emphasis will shape more specific recommendations presented later for how the remaining $3 million of the project budget will be spent on actual construction. But Schroeder said the group should also feel free to recommend more expansive ideas that could be priorities if additional money can be raised in the next 20 years.

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