Meeting tonight to focus on future of Lake Calhoun

A meeting tonight will kick off what one Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board commissioner is calling "the next phase of Lake Calhoun."

At 6:30 p.m. at Lyndale Farmstead Park, 3900 Bryant Ave. S., parks staff and frequent lake users will provide context on the status of the lake. Visitors will be asked to give their own feedback about Calhoun, which will be added to the public record to help guide planners.

While lengthy public input on the lake already was taken more than a decade ago during the creation of the Chain of Lakes Comprehensive Plan, little change has occurred. That’s largely because the funding hasn’t been available.

The money situation isn’t looking like it will improve anytime soon, but Commissioner Tracy Nordstrom said she wants people to get re-informed on what the comprehensive plan lays out and to see whether new trends or interests exist. She said she hopes the meeting will become an annual event to keep the Park Board up to speed on residents’ wants and keep residents up to speed on the Park Board’s goals.