Park Board preparing Northeast Park for mini-golf course

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Sure, it won’t have the natural beauty of Minnehaha Falls or Lake Calhoun. But Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board officials hope a new investment in Northeast Park might make it a family friendly destination in a section of town historically lacking in park amenities.

Crews have piled up dirt and started landscaping for construction next spring of an 18-hole miniature golf course. It’ll be accompanied by a four-station batting cage in the southeast corner or the park near Lupient Water Park (pictured).

“The Northeast area doesn’t have the same type of large attraction like the falls or the lakes,” parks spokesperson Dawn Sommers said. “(The board) feels having a water park as well as a mini-golf course and batting cage would be more of a draw and a resource for people in the area.”

The facilities are projected to open in June 2008. They’ll cost about $300,000 to build, but after that the Park Board anticipates they’ll help generate revenue for other projects and programs.

Along with the mini-golf course and batting cages, workers will also add fencing and landscaping to the park and make improvements to the baseball field. As more money becomes available, plans also call for improving the park’s picnic facilities.

Northeast Park is located between Fillmore and Johnson streets, just west of the Quarry shopping center.

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