The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) would like to thank People for Parks for its generous donation of $17,500 for a new permeable paver plaza next to the World War I Mast Memorial at the northeast end of Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska.
The new plaza will be constructed this fall and connect a recently improved pedestrian trail to the existing WWI Mast Memorial that sits north of the Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska Refectory, where the Tin Fish restaurant currently leases space. The Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Master Plan, approved by MPRB Commissioners in May 2017, included restoration of historic objects and structures within the Northeast Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska focus area.
People for Parks will manage a paver customization program where members of the public can customize a paver that will be installed in the plaza by MPRB staff. This program will be run in a similar fashion to the existing paver customization program at the Lake Harriet Bandshell.
Please visit the People for Parks Pavers and Benches page for more information.
About People for Parks
People for Parks is a grass-roots 501(c)(3) non-profit that funds projects and programs which enhance the Minneapolis park system. In four decades, People for Parks has contributed more than $2 million and thousands of volunteer hours toward making Minneapolis parks more beautiful, more useful and more enjoyable. People for Parks was created in 1977 to help fight Dutch Elm Disease, which was decimating the city’s urban forest. By 1979, as the worst of the scourge had passed, People for Parks began to solicit contributions for a variety of park programs, working with the staff of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to identify unfunded needs.
About the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is an independent, semi-autonomous body responsible for the Minneapolis park system. With 179 park properties totaling 6,804 acres of land and water, the Park Board provides places and recreation opportunities for all people to gather and engage in activities that promote health, well-being, community and the environment. Its Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, neighborhood parks, recreation centers and diversified programming have made the park system an important component of what makes Minneapolis a great place to live, play and work. More than 22 million annual visits are made to the nationally acclaimed park system, which was named the number one park system in the nation in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 by The Trust for Public Land’s ParkScore® Index.