Category Archives: Lake Calhoun

Reminder: Calhoun-Harriet Trail Improvements Open House scheduled Nov. 9

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Reminder: Calhoun-Harriet Trail Improvements Open House scheduled Nov. 9

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Public meeting Nov. 9, 6-8 pm at Lyndale Farmstead Park to review preferred concept

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is hosting a second public meeting for planned trail and access improvements around Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun. The meeting is scheduled Nov. 9, 6-8 pm at Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center, 3900 Bryant Ave. S.

Improvements will focus primarily on pedestrian and bicycle circulation at Northeast Calhoun and Southeast Harriet as well as general trail and access upgrades around both lakes. Interested park users are encouraged to attend to review and discuss the preferred concept, ask questions and share ideas.

The first open house for this project was held on Oct. 4. Materials from that meeting are available on the Calhoun-Harriet Trail and Access Improvements project page and linked below.

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Second Open House for Calhoun-Harriet Trail Improvements Project Scheduled Nov. 9

Second Open House for Calhoun-Harriet Trail Improvements Project Scheduled Nov. 9

Attend public meeting Nov. 9, 6-8 pm at Lyndale Farmstead Park to review preferred concept

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is hosting a second public meeting for planned trail and access improvements around Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun. The meeting is scheduled Nov. 9, 6-8 pm at Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center, 3900 Bryant Ave. S.

Improvements will focus primarily on pedestrian and bicycle circulation at Northeast Calhoun and Southeast Harriet as well as general trail and access upgrades around both lakes. Interested park users are encouraged to attend to review and discuss the preferred concept, ask questions and share ideas.

The first open house for this project was held on Oct. 4. Materials from that meeting are available on the Calhoun-Harriet Trail and Access Improvements project page and linked below. Also, an online survey is available until Oct. 28 to provide input on the project.

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Public Meeting

Date: Nov. 9, 2016

Time: 6-8 pm

Location: Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center

Address: 3900 Bryant Ave. S

Topic: Review and discuss the preferred concept for upcoming trail and access improvements around Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun.

Attend Oct. 4 meeting to see initial plans for Calhoun-Harriet trail and access improvements

Attend Oct. 4 meeting to see initial plans for Calhoun-Harriet trail and access improvements

First of two public meetings scheduled Oct. 4, 6-8 pm to collect feedback on initial concepts

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is excited to announce the first of two community open houses to gather public input regarding proposed trail and access improvements along Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet Bicycle and Pedestrian Trails. The meeting is scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 4, 6-8 pm at Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center, 3900 Bryant Ave. S.

At this open house, concept options for trail improvements will be presented. These trail improvements seek to improve safety and overall usability. All are welcome to attend this open house and provide comment.

Public Meeting

Date: Oct. 4, 2016

Time: 6-8 pm

Location: Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center

Address: 3900 Bryant Ave. S

Attend Oct. 4 Meeting to See Initial Plans for Calhoun-Harriet Trail and Access Improvements

Attend Oct. 4 Meeting to See Initial Plans for Calhoun-Harriet Trail and Access Improvements

First of two public meetings scheduled Oct. 4, 6-8 pm to collect feedback on initial concepts

Topic: Unveil and discuss concept plans for trail and access improvements around Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is excited to announce the first of two community open houses to gather public input regarding proposed trail and access improvements along Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet Bicycle and Pedestrian Trails. The meeting is scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 4, 6-8 pm at Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center, 3900 Bryant Ave. S.

At this open house, concept options for trail improvements will be presented. These trail improvements seek to improve safety and overall usability. All are welcome to attend this open house and provide comment. 

Calhoun Refectory Open House pushed back to August 12 due to forecast for inclement weather

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Calhoun Refectory

Calhoun Refectory Open House pushed back to August 12 due to forecast for inclement weather

Online survey also available to provide feedback that will shape new design recommendations

The first open house for the Calhoun Refectory Facilities and Grounds study has been pushed back from Aug. 11 to Aug. 12 due to forecast for inclement weather. The scheduled times and location remain the same: 7-9:30 am, noon-2 pm and 4-6 pm at the Calhoun Refectory, 3000 Calhoun Parkway. Local restaurant The Tin Fish has leased space at the Calhoun Refectory since 2004.

Another open house is scheduled Thursday, Sept. 8, noon-2 pm and 4-6 pm at the refectory.

If you can’t make the open house, an online survey is also available. The 5-10 minute survey uses the same images that will be displayed at the open house.

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Contact

Beth Pfeifer

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Phone: 612-230-6466

Email: bpfeifer@minneapolisparks.org

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New Project Will Assess Calhoun Refectory to Determine Future Improvements

The following item has been issued by the Park Board.

New Project Will Assess Calhoun Refectory to Determine Future Improvements

Park users enjoy food and drink from Tin Fish, the current tenant at Calhoun Refectory
Local restaurant The Tin Fish has leased space at the Calhoun Refectory since 2004
People stand underneath the awning at the Calhoun Refectory

New study will assess current state, future needs of Calhoun Refectory

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is pleased to announce the launch of a new project that will assess the current condition of the Calhoun Refectory and surrounding area and recommend improvements based on its future needs.

The building opened in 1930 and has undergone numerous renovations since then, the most recent in 1988 when it was remodeled to operate as a seasonal restaurant. Improvements to the area around the Refectory were completed in 1998 and 2012.

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The Calhoun Refectory is enjoyed on a hot summer day

Public Open Houses

Community members and park users are encouraged to share their thoughts, opinions and ideas regarding the future of the Refectory at two open houses:

Open House #1

Date: Thursday, Aug. 11
Time: 7-9:30 am, Noon-2 pm, 4-6 pm

Location: Calhoun Refectory, 3000 Calhoun Parkway

Topic: MPRB staff and consultants will perform intercept surveys and host a community open house

Open House #2

Date: Thursday, Sept. 8
Time: Noon-2 pm, 4-6 pm

Location: Calhoun Refectory, 3000 Calhoun Parkway

Topic: Community open house

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Formal Master Plan Document to be Drafted This Summer, Followed by 45-day Comment Period

Advisory Group Finalizes $95 Million List of Ideas for Lakes Harriet and Calhoun

The following article by Steve Brandt was published in the May 12, 2016 issue of the Star Tribune.

Advisory Group Finalizes $95 Million List of Ideas for Lakes Harriet and Calhoun

A new name for Lake Calhoun, trail improvements and an ambitious parklike bridge are among the options the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will weigh.

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Restoring the Dakota name, Bde Maka Ska, in place of Calhoun is among the suggestion of an advisory group of citizens.

A new name for Lake Calhoun, trail improvements and an ambitious parklike bridge are among the options the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will weigh in deciding the next 25 years of improvements around lakes Calhoun and Harriet.
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Calhoun-Harriet Master Plan Meeting Added May 10

The following notice has been issued by the MPRB.

Calhoun-Harriet Master Plan Meeting Added May 10

Remaining meetings center on equity, Lake Harriet focus areas and 2017 project priorities


Another Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting for the Calhoun-Harriet Master Plan has been scheduled May 10, 6-8:30 pm at Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) headquarters, 2117 West River Road. The previously scheduled April 21 meeting will continue as planned, also 6-8:30 pm at MPRB headquarters. All CAC meetings are open to the public and the MPRB encourages interested park users to attend!

The Calhoun-Harriet CAC has been meeting since July 2015 to develop a master plan that will create a 25-year vision for Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet and the surrounding parkland. Recommendations address improved access and circulation, natural resources, cultural resources and equity. The design team has developed plans for nine focus areas around the two lakes which balance recreational demands with ecological improvements.

The two final meetings will focus on remaining equity recommendations and three focus areas around Lake Harriet. The CAC will also discuss its project priorities for approximately $3 million in improvements slated for construction in 2017.


CAC Meeting #10

Date: April 21

Time: 6-8:30 pm

Location: MPRB Headquarters

Address: 2117 West River Road

Topic: Discuss remaining equity recommendations and three focus areas around Lake Harriet.

CAC Meeting #11

Date: May 10

Time: 6-8:30 pm

Location: MPRB Headquarters

Address: 2117 West River Road

Topic: Discuss project priorities for approximately $3 million in improvements that will begin construction in 2017.

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Lakes Panel Urges Restoring Bde Maka Ska Name for Lake Calhoun

The following article by Steve Brandt was published in the March 26, 2016 issue of the Star Tribune.

Lakes Panel Urges Restoring Bde Maka Ska Name for Lake Calhoun

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An advisory group on Tuesday overwhelmingly urged the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to support restoring the name of Lake Calhoun to the Dakota Bde Maka Ska.

The 15-4 vote ratifies an informal position the group advising the board on Calhoun-Harriet renovations took last fall in favor of the name restoration. The appointed group urged the board to advocate for the name restoration with other government bodies that would play a role.

The proposal to delete Calhoun’s name originally arose from the 19th century politician’s outspoken advocacy for slavery in the American south. But native American activists added momentum to the push, citing Calhoun’s policy of forced relocation of southeastern tribes. They say the issue is restoring a Dakota name in use when whites arrived in the area.

The proposal has aroused widespread debate. Opponents of changing a long-used name argue that applying present-day attitudes to historical figures is a slippery slope. They also contend that the Dakota  name is hard to pronounce.

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