What’s broken? – Path bordering Lynnhurst Park damaged

According to a Southwest resident, the asphalt path bordering the East and South sides of Lynnhurst Park has been damaged for some time. Walking on the sunken, bumpy asphalt —particularly near the intersection of 50th Street West and James Avenue South — is especially difficult when the path is icy or wet, the resident wrote. Additionally, it is presumed that a young child recently crashed his bike because of loose gravel on the path.

The park, located at 1345 W. Minnehaha Parkway, has been a part of the Minneapolis Park system for nearly 90 years. According to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s website, its original shelter was built in 1921 and replaced in the 1971, and its playground was new in 1996. On any given evening the park’s ball fields are filled with family games and summer baseball leagues. The playground area ranges from a place for birthday parties to a simple turf on which kids climb
and explore.

Paul Hokeness, the Lakes District Manager of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, said if the path is creating a dangerous situation, it would certainly be repaired. “We will patch what we can, but most of the paths in the area have been around for more than thirty years,” he said. “Right now, because there isn’t enough funding to replace everything, we are putting band-aids on what we can.” According to Hokeness, a referendum or more tax dollars would be required to wholly repair the infrastructure of Minneapolis’ parks and the hundred of miles of paths that are currently deteriorating
faster than allotted funding can repair.

Hokeness attributes the worn path to age, frequent use, and Minnesota weather. The formation of potholes is not uncommon because asphalt paths and blacktops suffer the same wear and tear as roads. Paths are patched as the city is able to identify damage and are replaced according to location and use. “A non-busy road,” said Hokeness, “will last much longer than Hennepin Avenue. But certainly, if this path is causing danger it will be fixed.” To expediate repair, Hokeness also encouraged residents to notify the park system directly about damages or problems with the parks in their area.

For more information, or with further questions, contact the Minneapolis
Park and Recreation Board
at 230-6400 or visit

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