Park updates December 2022


Due to the recent cold weather and snow, construction has wrapped up for the year on a project to improve safety for trail users and drivers along Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail between Portland Avenue and Chicago Avenue.
Minnehaha Parkway has been closed between Portland Avenue S. and E. 50th Street since Oct. 3 to accommodate work on this project. Temporary frontage road 'no parking' signs have been removed and permanent parkway signs will be installed soon. Trail paving, pavement marking, and landscaping will be completed next spring.
The project includes:
• Realignment to create a 3-way stop and "T" intersection
• Expanded bike and pedestrian trail
• Upgraded crosswalk markings, expanded curb ramps and a raised crossing on the south side
• Removal of the parking bay immediately south of the intersection
• Conversion of the north and south Minnehaha Parkway frontage road segments to oneway.

A preferred concept plan for Powderhorn Park improvements is now available for comment and review. This plan is the culmination of extensive community engagement throughout spring and summer 2022, when over 300 people shared ideas and feedback through in-person outreach, pop-up meetings and online surveys.
Following that engagement, the design team developed a work scope, along with two draft concept plans showing possible design approaches (see the Oct.6 project update). Public feedback on those draft concepts was considered in developing the new preferred concept plan.
Everyone is welcome to review the preferred concept plan and share their comments via email or in person at the public hearing on Dec. 7, 2022, 6:30 p.m. at the Mary Merrill Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Headquarters Building, 2117 West River Road.
Following the public hearing, Park Board Commissioners will consider public input and vote on whether to approve the preferred concept plan. If approved, the project moves into the final design and construction phases.


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