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Idyllically situated at the southwest corner of downtown Minneapolis, Loring Park was created on 35 acres of land purchased by the city in 1883 to become what has been called "the best-located, best-financed, best-designed, and best-maintained public open space in America."
The park's name honors Charles Loring, the first president of the Minneapolis Park Board and the initial force behind creating one of the most magnificent park systems in the country. It is interesting that Loring had earlier considered building his own home across from the lake in this park but decided it was too far from the city!
Today Loring Park is a green hub laced with trails connecting downtown with the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and surrounding neighborhoods. Berger 'Dandelion' Fountain on the east edge of the park is one of my favorite city fountains and a beloved landmark... marking the entrance to the Loring Parkway meandering through neighboring condos, townhouses and apartments between Loring Park and Nicollet Mall.
On the west edge of the park the Irene Hixon Whitney pedestrian bridge designed by Siah Armajani spans 16 lanes of traffic connecting Loring Park with the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and Walker Art Center.
This weekend the park is the site of the annual Loring Park Art Festival...
This park is such an integral part of the Minneapolis experience it is hard to imagine that in 1895 the park board voted to donate the park as a site for a new state capitol. I am glad they turned down the offer and chose the present site in St. Paul instead!
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