Park Board approves Phase III plan following public input
It won’t be long before visitors to Theodore Wirth Regional Park will be able to take a sunset stroll on a boardwalk along Wirth Lake, listen to an outdoor concert overlooking the lake and get a glimpse of urban wildlife. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board of Commissioners (MPRB) at its July 21 meeting approved the Wirth Beach Phase III site improvements. Approval follows recommendations from the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC), and feedback from public hearings held on June 16 and on July 7.
The project, officially called Wirth Beach Phase 3, includes the area surrounding the lake and the picnic area south of Glenwood Ave. The approved plan includes a trail loop around the lake and family picnic areas with shelters for 250, 50 and 25 people. A promenade along the east side of the lake will feature a performance area, restrooms and concessions, art and play features and lake shore overlooks. Eco-friendly parking lots will accommodate visitors to the park. The western lakeshore focuses on supporting wildlife habitat and preserving natural areas.