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Nokomis East Area - Other Recreation & Park Areas


Last updated: July 12, 2007

Other Nokomis Area Recreation and Parks
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 Other Parks & Rec
   Bossen Field & Park
   Ed Solomon Park
     Hiawatha Golf Course
   Morris Park & skate park
   Fort Snelling State Park
     Lock & Dam #1
     Mn Valley Wildlife Refuge
  Minnehaha Falls Park AreaGo there
    Minnehaha Park Overview
    Minnehaha Pavilion
      John H. Stevens House
      Longfellow Gardens
      Longfellow House
      Princess Depot
      Pergola Gardens
      Off-Leash Dog Rec Area
      Camp Coldwater Springs
      National Grand Rounds
      Wabun Picnic Area
  Lake Nokomis AreaGo there
    Lake Nokomis Overview
    Nokomis Main Beach
       - Beach status
      Nokomis 50th St Beach
       - Beach status
      Nokomis Community Center
      Naturescape / Wetlands

Bossen Field and Bossen Park
5657 28th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417 (click for mapmap)
Phone: (612) 370-3936
Field reservations (
612) 230-6491
Park hours
: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m (winter hours).

Bossen Park

Bossen Park and Bossen Field are located at the intersection of 28th Ave South and 57th Street, just off the Crosstown Highway 62 - 28th Street exit (across from the Airport). Bossen Field was created in 1950 from the last working farm in Minneapolis.

Bossen Fields mapThe park is a popular destination for adult and youth softball, baseball and soccer teams from all over the metro area.  Click for field reservation info

Aerial photo of park with field numbers.

Bring your ball and glove or basketball for exercise and fun at this neighborhood park. Be sure to look for the Summer Playground program starting in June. The park also offers a wading pool to relax in, benches to sit and reflect and a few picnic tables for a relaxing meal away from home.

Amenities: Lighted baseball and softball fields, basketball court, restroom facilities, soccer fields, sports facility, playground & Tot lot, and wading pool. Staffed during summer hours.

Park Board site.

Lat: 44:54:01N (44.9003) Lon: 93:13:47W (-93.2297)

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Edward C. Solomon Park
1301 E. 58th Street, Minneapolis. (click for mapmap)
Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Edward C. Solomon Park

One of the newer parks in the Minneapolis Park System, the partially-developed park is named after the late Edward C. Solomon, a much-loved Park Board commissioner. The park was dedicated in August 2004.

Located in the Fifth Park District, the 40-acre park encompasses groomed open fields, wetlands and hilly wooded areas. The park, bounded by Cedar Ave. on the east, 58th St. on the north, 13th Ave. on the west and 60th St. on the south, was acquired through a trade with the Metropolitan Airports Commission.

The park is yet to be fully developed. Planners from the MPRB held several meetings with the public, gathering input before developing a concept plan. The park offers some unique opportunities and the plans aren't modeled after other parks in the system. All planned improvements are low impact, require minimal maintenance, and respect the natural resources of the area. Currently, the Park Board is seeking funding for the project.

MPRB web page.

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Hiawatha Golf Course
4553 Longfellow Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612-724-7715
Golf Course email:
Golf Learning Center email:
Course hours: Open 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset during golf season.

Hiawatha Golf Course

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s Hiawatha Golf Course is located next to Lake Hiawatha just outside the Nokomis East Neighborhoods.

Hiawatha is an 18 hole regulation golf course, Par 73.  Hiawatha is a long course, generally flat with mature trees and small greens. Two fairways and four tees border Lake Hiawatha. Minnehaha Creek flows into Lake Hiawatha through in back nine holes. There are 12 ponds and 30 sand traps strategically placed throughout the golf course.

The golf course was built in the early 1930s when the Corps of Engineers dredged out the previously swampy Rice Lake area creating Lake Hiawatha on the 28th Avenue side. Hiawatha Golf Course was created on the west shore of Lake Hiawatha using dredged fill material and opened in 1934.

Hiawatha offers a number of golf-related options for the every level of player. Hiawatha is very involved in junior golf through the First Tee Program and our own Junior Golf League and Junior Golf Camps. Hiawatha also offers adult men’s and women’s golf leagues and adult group and private golf lessons.

Hiawatha Golf Learning Center
The Hiawatha Golf Learning Center has evolved over a number of years and was completely renovated during the 1999 and 2000 seasons. This state-of-the art learning center features a 50-station, natural grass driving range built into a beautiful tree-lined area of the golf course. The learning center also features two very large putting greens and three smaller greens, incorporating six sand traps, which may be used for short irons, chipping and bunker practice. All the improvements are part of a joint MPRB and First Tee program geared toward providing inner-city youth with the opportunity to participate in the great game of golf. The learning center is also home to junior golf camps, adult group lessons and individual private lessons.

The Park Board also lists the following amenities: Cross Country Skiing, Refectory/Concessions, Restroom Facilities

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Keewaydin Park and Keewaydin Recreation Center
3000 53rd Street East, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Phone: 612 370-4956  Fax: 612 334-1592
Park hours: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Rec Center hours:
Memorial Day through Labor Day: Mon-Thur Noon-9:00 p.m., Friday Noon-5:00 p.m. Closed Weekends during school year.
Labor Day through Memorial Day: Mon-Fri 1:00 - 9:30 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Closed Sundays

Keewaydin Park

Keewaydin Park is located at the intersection of 53rd Street East and 30th Avenue South, adjacent to Keewaydin Community School. The park is scattered with many pine trees, ball fields, playground equipment and smiling faces. In the warm winds of summer the park offers baseball, basketball, tennis, soccer and brightly colored playground apparatus. If you aren’t looking to play, the park offers a wading pool to relax in, benches to sit and reflect and a few picnic tables for a relaxing meal away from home.

Keewaydin Recreation Center offers welcoming staff in a friendly neighborhood and offers everything needed to bring a community together for fun and learning. Besides the well-regarded Rec Plus daycare and after-school programs, Keewaydin also offers other fun and educational programs and activities. Online program list/signup.

Keewaydin, like Minnehaha and Hiawatha, received its name from a Native American legend mentioned in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, Song of Hiawatha.  Keewaydin is an Ojibwe word that means ‘northwest wind’ or ‘home wind.’  The name was adopted May 2, 1928. The park was formerly named Alexander Ramsey Park.

Amenities: Basketball Court, Drinking Fountain, ice rink & warming house, picnic tables, restroom facilities, soccer and softball fields, tennis court, Tot Lot/playground, wading (kid's) pool, Multi-purpose room, craft and meeting rooms, kitchen and dining areas.

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Morris Park and Recreation Center
5531 39th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Phone: 612 370-4934   Fax: 612 726-6216
Park hours: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Rec Center (Year 'Round) Hours
Monday-Friday Noon-9:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays

Keewaydin Park

Morris Park is located along 55th St between 39th and 40th Avenues South. The Recreation Center and its parking lot are on 39th Ave., which can be accessed by motor vehicle via 55th St. 

The park has a level 1 skateboard park, several ball fields, a picnic area with grill, playground equipment, tot lot, and of course, the recreation center. In the warm months, Morris Park offers softball and soccer and a wading pool for relaxation or play.

Morris Park offers a Tiny Tots program designed for young children to socialize in a group setting with age-appropriate crafts, songs, games, field trips and other fun activities. Children learn letters, numbers, colors, shapes and calendar in English and Spanish along with their name, address, phone number and birthday. Park Board naturalists teach different areas of science through stories and activities each session.

Amenities: Level 1 (beginner) skateboard facilities, drinking fountain, picnic tables & grill, restroom facilities, soccer and softball fields, tot Lot/playground, wading (kid's) pool, Multi-purpose room, craft and meeting rooms, kitchen and dining areas.

The park took its name from the adjacent school which was named for Mary C. Morris, daughter of Franklin Steele. Steele was the first European-American settler of the city of St. Anthony on the east bank of the Mississippi River, in what is now Minneapolis.

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Fort Snelling State Park
101 Snelling Lake Road, St. Paul, Minnesota 55111.
Located on Post Road, off State Highway 5, near the International Airport. Follow the signs.
The visitor center is located within the park.
Phone: (612) 725-2389 or Visitor Center (612) 725-2724, fax: (612) 725-2391
Park Hours: Year round, 8am-10pm daily
Visitor center & Nature Store hours
: Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Beach Hours: Daily, with Lifegaurds on duty from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Fort Snelling Interpretive Visitor Center

Located in the heart of the Twin Cities, this park offers extensive hiking, bike and ski trails that link to Minnehaha Park and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. The park encompasses 2,931 acres and receives 411,825 annual visits.

Canoe on Gun Club Lake, play golf at the nearby Fort Snelling Golf Course, swim in Snelling Lake, or hike on Pike Island where the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers converge. Interpretive exhibits and films on display in the Thomas C. Savage Visitor Center (photo at left) give visitors a good background on the history and resources of the park and area. Dakota Memorial. There are 18 miles of cross-country skiing trails, 18 miles of hiking trails, picnicking, river and lake fishing and boating.

A popular bike and hiking path leading into the park from the intersection of 54th Street and Minnehaha Ave (by the Dog Park) makes for an easy and free way for Nokomis East residents to enter and use the park. The paved path follows an old railroad grade down the bluffs and exits into the park by the visitor center and the base of the Mendota Bridge. From there, trails allow visitors to hike up to the historic Fort Snelling for a view of military life in the 1820s.  Within the park, there are 5 miles of biking paths and 10 miles of mountain bike trails (Mountain bike trails are located on the Dakota County side of the river. Inquire at park office.)

For hundreds of years before Europeans arrived, generations of Dakota people lived in villages along the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers that meet in Fort Snelling State Park. The river confluence was believed to be the place of origin and center of the earth by the bands of Mde-wa-kan-ton-wan Dakota, the "Dwellers by Mystic Lake."  The Dakota called this place HA-HA MDO-TE which translates to junction of two rivers and from which the town of Mendota got its name. By the late 1600s, Europeans had visited the area. In the 1820s, historic Fort Snelling was built on the bluff above the two historic rivers to control the exploration, trade, and settlement on these waterways. The area was established as a state park in 1962.

A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and can be purchased at the park office. This is a day-use only park; no camping is available

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Mississippi River Lock and Dam #1 (the "Ford Dam")
South of the Ford Parkway Bridge at 5000 West River Parkway in Minneapolis.
Visitor Hours: Visitor area open April through October, from 8 am until dusk, seven days a week.

Lock and Dam #1

Lock and Dam No. 1 is one of the steps in the "stairway of water" on the Mississippi River that makes possible the travel of barges from St. Anthony to the Gulf of Mexico. Commercial barges carried over 15 million tons of commodities through the Lock. Among the commodities are: coal, burner oils, grain, and aggregate products.

Lock and Dam No. 1 is located between Minneapolis and Saint Paul just north of Fort Snelling State Park, the confluence of the Mississippi with the Minnesota River. The dam portion is owned by the Ford Motor Company, which operates a hydroelectric power station (red roof in photo at left) to feed electricity to its Twin Cities Assembly Plant on the east side of the river. The dual-lock facility is operated by the St. Paul district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Mississippi Valley Division.

The first facility at the site went into operation in 1917 and superseded the role of the earlier Lock and Dam No. 2 (today known as the Meeker Island Lock and Dam historic ruins). The facility was rebuilt in 1929, and an expansion from one lock to two locks was completed in 1932. Each lock is 56 feet wide by 400 feet long (17 × 122 meters), half the width of the next lock downstream, though this is the only dual-lock facility in the district. Major rehabilitation efforts were carried out between 1978 and 1983, including the replacement of many manual and hydraulic components with computer controls.

Activities: The lock side of the facility has a large observation area that is open during daylight hours from April to November each year. A bridge allows visitors to walk over the two locks and up next to the dam. There is a 45-minute, self-guided tour called the Visitor Promenade offering a bird's-eye view of the locking procedure and other topics ranging from barge traffic in the transportation network to the Corps 9-foot channel project. Admission is free.

For more information, visit the US Army Corps of Engineers website. or call (612) 724-2971

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Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
3815 American Blvd East, Bloomington, MN 55425 (click for mapmap)
phone (612)854-5900  fax (612)725-3279
Official Website
Visitor Center Hours: 9:00AM to 5:00PM six days a week, closed Mondays and Federal holidays.
Park hours: Sunrise to sunset, seven days a week
Directions: The Visitor Center is located just off of 34th Avenue in Bloomington, across the street from the Airport Hilton. From I-494, take the 34th Ave exit south to American Blvd. Turn left on American Blvd and proceed east/northeast for 1/4 mile to the Visitor Center entrance on the right. The entrance is well marked.

Photo of Mn Valley National Wildlife RefugeMinnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is located across the airport from Nokomis East. This urban and suburban area is a green belt of large marsh areas bordered by office buildings, highways, residential areas, and grain terminals.

The Refuge is comprised of eight linear units totaling 10,514 acres that extend along 34 miles of the Minnesota River. Habitats include riverine wetlands, fens, seeps, floodplain forests, oak savannas and forest, and native grasslands.Over 250 species of birds use the area at some time during the year. Nearly 150 birds nest in the valley including bald eagles and peregrine falcons. The avian diversity is complemented by at least 50 species of mammals and 30 species of reptiles and amphibians.

The focal point of the Refuge is the Visitor Center, which features 8000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, a 125-seat auditorium, two multi-purpose classrooms, a bookstore and an observation deck. A variety of exhibits are available which describe resouces of the Minnesota Valley and Service management activities. Environmental education and interpretation are conducted from this facility.

Recreational opportunities in this area include: visitor center, visitor contact station, educational programs, wildlife observation, hiking trails, archaeological/historic sites, auto tour route, motorized watercraft, non-motorized boating, hunting, fishing and cross-country skiing.

State Trail. The Refuge was established in conjunction with the Minnesota Valley State Trail that serves to provide hiking and biking opportunities to area residents. Upon completion, the trail will connect the Visitor Center in Bloomington with upstream communities such as Belle Plaine and LeSueur, Minnesota. Limited opportunities also exist on this Trail for horseback riding and snowmobiling. Except for a heron rookery and bald eagle nesting sites, most of the Refuge is open for bird watching and nature photography.

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Other Parks &
Bossen Field & Park,  Ed Solomon ParkHiawatha Golf CourseKeewaydin ParkMorris Park & skate parkFort Snelling State Park,  Lock and Dam #1 (Ford Dam), Mn Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Lake Nokomis
Lake Nokomis OverviewNokomis Main BeachNokomis 50th St BeachNokomis Community CenterNaturescape / Wetlands
Minnehaha Park
& Falls Area
Minnehaha Falls Park Overview,  Minnehaha PavilionJohn H. Stevens HouseLongfellow GardensLongfellow HousePrincess DepotPergola GardensOff-Leash Dog Rec AreaCamp Coldwater SpringsNational Grand RoundsWabun Picnic Area

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