Cedar Lake South Beach gets some love

Cedar Lake South Beach, and other city beaches will not be opened to the public or staffed with life guards this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic. File photo

The new and improved Cedar Lake South Beach has reopened at 3500 Cedar Lake Parkway.

Upgrades include a new trail, new plantings, new bathrooms, a foot wash, bike racks, new crosswalks and a terraced retaining wall that steps down to the beach.

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Years in the works, the project started with the Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association (CIDNA), which funded plans and cost estimates for construction. The work was funded in part by an anonymous donation that offered up to $409,000. Funds also came from $350,000 in “park dedication fees,”paid by developers building in the area, along with $75,000 from CIDNA.

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A grand reopening celebration with a ribbon-cutting and music is set for Monday, Aug. 13 at 4:30 p.m. Guests are invited to bring a picnic dinner, and the event will feature the Minneapolis Ukulele Club, The Blue Lady, face painting and yard games.

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