Saturday, June 28, 2014
Today was Scott and my third attempt to walk the entire length of the Metro Green Line. The first attempt was during the Grand Opening celebration and we were rained out. The second attempt was last week during our summer solstice walk which was after 12 miles of walking in the intense sun and I called it quits at Stadium Village.
Today, we drove to the start of the line and parked about four blocks west of Target Field with the plan of completing as much of the route as possible before the pending storm hit. Thankfully, the storm held out for us and we successfully walked from Target Field in downtown Minneapolis to Union Depot in downtown St. Paul.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
It was a gorgeous first day of summer so we did what we love most and hit the Minneapolis trails.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Bluff Street Park
One of the advantages to working at the University of Minnesota is its proximity to some great walking paths. My friend Erin and I do a loop that takes us around the western edge of campus. I have walked past the Bluff Street Park sign numerous times but stopped to snap a photo now that I'm visiting all of the Minneapolis parks. While it isn't listed as a park on the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board website, it is Park Board land and they recently granted permission for the Department of Transportation to complete Bluff Street Trail, a bike trail that connects downtown Minneapolis with the University of Minnesota. Read more
Windom has a presence in both Southwest (Windom neighborhdood) and Northeast Minneapolis (Windom Park neighborhood). We live near Windom and walked through Windom South Park on the way to Diamond Lake and Todd Park. It is a small playground near a school and by the looks of the Minneapolis neighborhood map, it is the only park in this neighborhood.
Minneapolis has many great lakes but I'm not sure I'd count Diamond Lake among them. One of the issues is the plans overhead so it isn't the most peaceful place in the city. The Diamond Lake Park page mentions birding as a strength for the park so perhaps I'll return with my favorite birder, Lisa and she can help me appreciate it.
Located in the Diamond Lake neighborhood, Todd Park is a huge space but it doesn't seem to attract many people. This is likely due to its proximity to Pearl Park. The webpage states its home to Picnic in the Park Festival, an event sponsored by the Hale-Page-Diamond Lake neighborhood association.
I enjoyed tonight's walk even though it led us to the same area as the night before. These walks have also helped me to remember how easy and enjoyable it is to access neighborhood east of I-35 when I use the Minnehaha Creek trail. This will be handy when I check out the Nokomis Farmers Market which is open three times this summer: Wednesdays 6/25, 7/23, and 8/27 from 4 - 8pm.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
My Minneapolis parks challenge is already helping me change up my walk routines. I have been to Pearl Park a few times for a Zumba class but I've never walked there from my home. Located in the Page neighborhood, Pearl Park is one of the more active parks I've been to in Minneapolis. There was an adult kettle bell class in session outside the rec center when we arrived, lots of kids playing in the pool and on the playground equipment, martial arts in the gym, and several soccer games.
This park was definitely energizing and I plan on making this a more regular walking route since I can walk along Minnehaha Creek under I-35 and then cut over to the park by walking by some pretty Page homes.
Monday, June 16, 2014
I miss many aspects of my former blog, Minneapolis 81 but what I miss most is that the project led me to parts of the city I hadn't explored. To get a bit of that back, I've decided to visit all of the parks listed on the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board website. For two years in a row, Minneapolis has been rated #1 by the Trust for Public Land. This is my way of celebrating and supporting one of the top things I love about living and working in the City of Lakes.
East River Flats Park is steps away from my office. Some U of M employees know it simply as a cheap place to park. However, it's also a great place to take a walk or bring your lunch. Down by the Mississippi River, what this park lacks in bells and whistles it makes up for in large open, green space for games or gatherings.
The University of Minnesota Boathouse is located here and if you arrive at the right time, you'll catch the rowing team practice. I love the building design and wish I could work there! Just look at the patio!
Have you been to East River Flats Park?
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