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Save Cedar Lake Park Collection M/A 2000.56.01

Save Cedar Lake Park Collection M/A 2000.56.01

Creator:Cedar Lake Park Association. (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Title: Save Cedar Lake Park Collection
Quantity: 1.0 boxes
Repository: James K. Hosmer Special Collections Library


Save Cedar Lake Park (SCLP) was a citizens group formed in 1989 with the vision of establishing a rustic nature park on the north and northeast shores of Cedar Lake and along the railroad right-of-way from Cedar Lake to Highway 100. Its official name was Cedar Lake Park Preservation and Development Association, Inc. The goals of SCLP were to ensure that the land for sale by Burlington Northern was protected from development other than as parkland, to raise at least one-third of the 1.7 million dollar purchase price, preserve the land for a nature park by negotiating with an intermediary agency to acquire the land and hold it until the purchase can be funded through public and private sources; develop a foot and bike trail corridor that connects the Chain of Lakes and the Mississippi Riverfront Park, and extend the trail corridor west.

In 1989 community members living near Cedar Lake learned that Burlington Railroad intended to sell the land bordering the north shore of Cedar Lake, which had once been used as a railroad switching yard. In March 1989 a neighborhood meeting was held to discuss preserving the land. This meeting led to the formation of SCLP in April 1989. By 1991, SCLP had more than 500 members. Laurie Lundy was the coordinator of the group. SCLP approached the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) with their vision for preservation of the land. The MPRB commissioned Wirth Design to develop a design study of using the land as a nature park. In November 1989 the Metropolitan Council's Open Space Commission approved the design study and added Cedar Lake to its Chain of Lakes Regional Park Plan. SCLP collaborated with a number of existing entities in order to raise funds and gain support, including the Minneapolis Chapter of Audubon and the James F. Bell Foundation. In 1991 the Minnesota State Legislature approved the additional funding needed to purchase the 48 acres of land in Minneapolis and St. Louis Park. The land was purchased by the MPRB on November 25, 1992 for $1.7 million dollars.

After the acquisition of the land, the Cedar Lake Park Association took the place of Save Cedar Lake Park. The Cedar Lake Park Association was active in developing the urban park and trail on the purchased land. On September 9, 1995 Cedar Lake Trail was dedicated.

Description of the Collection

One box. Collection consists of correspondence between Minneapolis Public Library and Cedar Lake Park Association; correspondence from Governor Arne Carlson and members of the State Legislature, informational booklets and brochures, Cedar Lake Park and Trails Statement of Philosophy.

Related Material

Also on Cedar Lake in Special Collections Periodicals

Cedar Lake Park update.Minneapolis, MN : Cedar Lake Park Association. 1998-2007

Subject Headings


Cedar Lake (Hennepin County, Minn.)
Cedar Lake Park (Minneapolis, Minn.)

Table of Contents

Correspondence between Minneapolis Public Library and Cedar Lake Park Association 1996 -- Box 1, Folder 1
Cedar Lake Park and Trails Statement of Philosophy -- Box 1, Folder 2
Ephemera including postcards and flyers for Cedar Lake Park Association meetings 1996-1997 -- Box 1, Folder 3
Ephemera including pamphlets and flyers for Cedar Lake Trail dedication 1995 -- Box 1, Folder 4
Ephemera including pamphlets and flyers; correspondence 1992 -- Box 1, Folder 5

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