Late last month, the Walker Art Center announced a $75 million project that would overhaul exterior and interior areas of the museum, as well as the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and surrounding area. The renovation of the garden and nearby roads will be mostly managed by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board thanks to an $8.5 million allocation from the state and a $1.5 million grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization.
More things were solidified for the garden and the nearby roads at a recent community advisory meeting last week. The general layout of the park has been decided, as have some slight tweaks to what many of us (not-so) affectionately refer to as the "Hennepin-Lyndale clusterfuck."
Still up in the air are renovations for the Cowles Conservatory. Three layouts are currently being considered.
Check out the plans for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden below:
Spoonbridge and Cherry will still be housed in its usual, mid-park spot. Changes include additional foliage, a new art installation, and slight tweaks to the flow of the three main spaces. The greatest shifts come in promises of what will be available in areas of the park. There are plans to add wi-fi hot spots, potential offerings of coffee kiosks or food trucks, and increased use of the space for public exercise, family festivals, casual events, and private parties.
The intersection in front of the Walker Art Center -- which involves Vineland Place, Hennepin Avenue, and Lyndale Avenue -- will also be getting a facelift.
But will this finally stop people from turning left from lanes with "No Left Turn" signs displayed clearly in front of them? We shall see!
Finally, Cowles Conservatory, homes of the 22-foot standing glass fish, is also getting a redo. Currently there are three designs up in the air:
The big differences between each proposal comes down to whether or not the central area will stay closed and heated, whether or not shaded areas will be installed (this includes treated glass), and if they plan to renovate or completely rebuild the restroom.
The complete report is available at Minneapolis Parks' website.