Planning meetings for Lake Calhoun, Harriet begin July 21

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will begin an eight-month planning process this month to develop a 25-year vision for Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet.

The plan will guide $3 million of improvement dollars from the Metropolitan Council’s Parks and Trails fund. Park staff expect construction to begin September 2016.

A board-appointed Community Advisory Committee tasked with forming the plan will meet at the Jones-Harrison Residence at 3700 Cedar Lake Ave. from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (July 21 and 28, Sept. 21 and 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 17 and Jan. 12). Those meetings are open to the public.

There will also be public open houses from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Lake Calhoun Event Center at 3450 Irving Ave S. on July 30 and Nov. 5, and at the Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Ave. S. on Nov. 5.

The two parks are part of the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Regional Park, the system’s most visited park of its kind. They are especially popular with out-of-towners, who made up 45 percent of the parks’ 5 million visitors in 2013.