Saturday, October 6, 2012
A listing of improvements made at Theodore Wirth Park.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Information provided by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. This is the first of what will be approximately quarterly updates about improvements at Wirth Park. In addition to this written update, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board staff will facilitate a short on-site review of this information (open to the public) starting at the Wirth Par 3 Clubhouse from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12. The following projects have progress to report in Wirth Park: Tree plantings: Two tree planting events in the storm damaged areas are taking place this fall. The first one, held September 29 by the Loppet Foundation, added 75 trees north of Hwy 55 near the Luce Line trail. The second tree planting is scheduled for October 10. Xcel …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Theodore Wirth Park and the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden provide glimpses of fall in September.
It's that time of year again. Leaves are falling, apple orchards are busy and the mornings are getting colder, and colder. Fall is nearly here, and there are some great places in Golden Valley to check out fall foliage. Lauren Borer, Special Programs Coordinator for the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, said that now is the perfect time to take a stroll in the garden. With three different habitats to choose from, Borer said the woodland area presents the most beautiful colors. "Our trails are wood-chipped, and with the leaves falling down, it's really beautiful," Borer said. "The prairie area is another great place to check out." According to Borer the garden's New England Asters stay in bloom through the middle of October. Even a few …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will begin restoring Theodore Wirth Park's native vegetation this month.
On May 22, 2011, Golden Valley's Theodore Wirth Park was forever changed. The tornado that ripped open parts of North Minneapolis also destroyed portions of Theodore Wirth Park, a park that was founded in 1889. This month, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will begin restoring Wirth Park's native vegetation--a project that will take about a year to complete. "This project is directly tied to the tornado destruction," said Andrea Weber, project manager for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. "When you look at the park, it doesn't appear to be as damaged as the neighborhood. But if you knew the park before [the tornado], it's vastly changed." The biggest change in the historical park is the loss of trees, some centuries old…
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board opens Theodore Wirth Park Beach.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Editor’s Note: The following content was provided by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. As temperatures continue to rise into the heat of summer, the desire to cool off may be satisfied right in your neighborhood. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) offers many ways to beat the heat, including 12 beaches, 65 wading pools and two water parks. Beaches are currently open, with lifeguards on duty beginning Saturday, June 9. Theodore Wirth Lake Beach will be guarded from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Thursday–Sunday. Beach preparations, including buoy placement and sand raking, are typically completed prior to Memorial Day Weekend. For more information about beaches, water parks, wading pools and other water recreation activities, visit …
Friday, February 3, 2012
A fun multi-sport event is coming to Theodore Wirth Park later this month.
Friday, February 3, 2012
The Abominable Snow Dash 2012 is an exciting, fun and adventurous new multi-sport event that will highlight the best of Minnesota outdoor winter activities: running, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and snow tubing. Two-person teams will begin with a 5k run, transition into cross country skiing and snowshoeing loops, and end flying side by side down the Theodore Wirth Park snow-tubing hill. The Abominable Snowman began making appearances at winter events around the Twin Cities in January. A sighting of the snowman was reported at the Winter Carnival and he is expected to be at this weekend’s City of the Lakes Loppet. The last opportunity to see the Abominable Snowman this season will be at the Abominable Snow Dash 2012. The race will …
Thursday, February 2, 2012
The mild weather has forced race organizers to shift the City of Lakes Loppet race to Theodore Wirth Park where there is man-made snow.
The mild weather has altered another winter event. There is a long list of ice fishing competitions, snowmobile races and festivals that have been called off, postponed or moved because of the warmer than usual winter and the City of Lakes Loppet event has been added to the list. The cross country ski race is still on, but it won’t weave its way through Uptown like it usually does, instead, it will be held at Theodore Wirth Park. "With little to no chance of using the Chain of Lakes, it did not make sense to go forward with an Uptown finish," John Munger, executive director of the race sponsor, the City of Lakes Nordic Ski Foundation, said in a news release. "By making the move now, we can plan a great event for Wirth Park." While the …
Friday, January 6, 2012
Theodore Wirth neighbors and park goers say the Park Board has been too aggressive in clearing the land of damaged trees, and some say regrowth and invasive plants issues will become a problem.
When the May 22 tornado ripped through town last spring, at least 2,600 trees were lost in the tornado's path through Golden Valley and north Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) estimates approximately 300 were in Theodore Wirth Park, and several residents in the Tyrol Hills neighborhood say the recent removal may have done more harm than good. Trees knocked down or so badly damaged they needed to be removed are gone, and what remains is an issue being debated by some Golden Valley citizens and representatives of the MPRB—which has jurisdiction over the park and is responsible for the tree removal and the eventual replacing of them. Residents say the Park Board and its Forestry Division's efforts to care for the …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
From a dog park to trails to golfing, this is your chance to help shape the park's 'master plan.'
Over the last several months, there have been plenty of changes at Theodore Wirth Park in Golden Valley, and because of the May 22 tornado, not all of them have been welcome. But now there's a chance to make more than $5 million in improvements, and the Park Board wants your input. Thanks to more than $2 million from the Met Council and more than $2.6 million from the Park and Trails funding over the last two years, several improvements have already taken place at Theo Wirth. But the process was put on hold over the summer. The May 22 tornado uprooted dozens of huge trees and destroyed Wirth Lake's boardwalk. But since then most trails have been cleared and there's a new boardwalk in place, which makes it possible to walk all the way …
Friday, August 12, 2011
After eating, families can watch a movie Wednesday at JD Rivers' Children's Garden.
The JD Rivers' Children's Garden in Theodore Wirth Park is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its swift chimney on Wednesday. A swift is a "fast-flying bird that is readily identified by its characteristic 'flying cigar' profile," according to Audubon Minnesota. Their populations have declined by more than 50 percent in the last 40 years. The Minnesota Park & Recreation Board, Audubon Minnesota and the Bryn Mawr neighborhood created a tower for the swifts and a pair moved in this spring, according to the MPRB. From 6 p.m. until dusk Wednesday, families and gardeners will gather fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables in the Children's Garden and then make fresh salads. At dusk, the MPRB will host a showing of "On the wing: The …
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Children and parents have a chance to harvest and can fresh produce on Wednesday in Theodore Wirth Park.
Throughout August, families will have several chances to get outdoors and enjoy fresh-picked produce in JD Rivers' Children's Garden. The first opportunity is Wednesday, at the Intergenerational Can'n and Jam'n. The garden is north of Glenwood Avenue in the eastern part of the park. To the east is a restored prairie. Look for the big Adirondack chair. What: New this year, parents and grandparents can join their children and grandchildren in harvesting from the garden and cooking what they pick. When: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, 17 and 24 Where: It begins at the children's garden and ends at the Pavilion. Cost: $15 per person Register: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Online Services What: Gardeners and foodies spend a morning…