Theodore Wirth Park initiative

The City of Lakes Nordic Ski Foundation has submitted a plan to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to consolidate Theodore Wirth Park as an outdoor recreation hub:

“The Minneapolis parks system has lakes and riverfronts with asphalt walking and biking trails. It has dramatic features like Minnehaha Falls. It has pocket parks within reach of most citizens. It has soccer parks and baseball fields, and hockey rinks and ice arenas. What it does not have is a park devoted to lifetime activities – also known as active or silent sports. The northern portion of Theodore Wirth should be that park.

The idea is to create a central location for silent sports like cross country skiing,
mountain biking, trail running, disc golf, cyclo-cross, hiking and perhaps BMX bike riding.  The central location would act as a hub for these activities, with a central building, parking lot, and facilities catering to the silent sports community.  For instance, the building would contain a great room for meetings, a bike and ski shop (a North Minneapolis version of the Midtown Bike Station), office space for organizations devoted to increasing all, but especially youth participation in these activities, and a restaurant or coffee shop.”

Download the full proposal.

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