Library and park design options to be presented

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Hennepin County Library (HCL) and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) will hold a combined open house on Tuesday, September 27 from 6:30 to 8 pm at Hennepin County Library – Walker, 2880 Hennepin Avenue. Design concepts for the MPRB’s land adjacent to the Walker Library and HCL’s new Walker Library will be presented.

The new Walker Library will be constructed on the site of the current library. Planning for the new library began in 2009 with the formation of the Walker Library Community Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC developed a vision statement that provides a framework to produce a signature library that reflects and celebrates the diversity of the Uptown community.

The planning process for a new library creates an opportunity to improve “The Mall,” the park land located immediately north of the Walker Library. Design concepts for The Mall that will enhance connections to the library, Hennepin Avenue, the Uptown transit station, Midtown Greenway and other vibrant Uptown surroundings will be on display. Funding for the improvements will be explored as the project progresses.

Options for the new library and the improved Mall park land have been developed by project designers in conjunction with County and Park Board staff and based on input generated at community engagement meetings held by HCL and MPRB.

For more information contact:

Lois Lenroot-Ernt: 612.543.8628 llenroot@hclib.org or Jennifer Ringold: 612.230.6464 jringold@minneapolisparks.org, www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=1289