NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Splash pad opening delayed to June


The new Splash Pad at the Lake Hiawatha Park will not open as early as planned. The expected opening date was Memorial Day. However, due to construction delays, it will not open until sometime in June. 

According to Shirley Yeoman of the SENA office, “The construction is 80-85% complete.  After the construction is completed there is a 3-4 day curing process before the facility can be used.”

The splash pad replaces the 1950s-era wading pool, which was closed in September 2008 due to structural deterioration and the high cost of maintaining the pool. 
Construction on the Splash Pad began the week of Sept. 20, 2010. The new design includes ground geysers, whimsical Blue Heron and cattail sprays reflecting the wetland theme, benches and shade structures. Funding for the wading pool is $425,000 from City Net Debt Bonds.

Renovation of Lake Hiawatha Park has been ongoing since 2006, including a completely renovated recreation center, beach improvements, shoreline restoration and landscaping. The park features a playground with a climbing wall for children, tennis courts, athletic fields, a fishing dock and outdoor basketball court. The park covers 241 acres with the lake accounting for 52 of those acres.

(Information from


2701 E. 44th St.

Minneapolis, MN 55406 

Phone: 612 370-4930

Fax: 612 722-0920

Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.


• Beach

• Fishing dock

• Basketball Court

• Hockey Rink

• Cross Country Skiing

• Ice Rink

• Picnic Area

• Restroom Facilities

• Soccer Field

• 4 Softball Fields

• 3 Tennis Courts

• Tot Lot/Playground

• Walking Path

• Adjacent to 18-hole golf course (west side of lake)

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