Cedar Lake Park Association Records
Description of Contents
Records contain materials related to the operation of the Cedar Lake Park Association (CLPA), including administrative and internal documents, institutional history, financials, marketing materials, development records for both Cedar Lake Park and its trails, audio-visual media, photographs, and a small collection of realia. Records date from 1989, when Save Cedar Lake Park (SCLP) was founded, to 2007.
The VHS video material in the Media series is especially informative regarding SCLP’s institutional history, timeline, and development of Cedar Lake Park.
Additional descriptive information is included at the beginning of each series.
- 1989 - 2007
- Cedar Lake Park Association (Minneapolis, Minn.) (Organization)
The collection is available for use in Special Collections during the department's open hours.
Cedar Lake Park Association (CLPA), founded as Save Cedar Lake Park (SCLP), was a citizens group formed in 1989 with the purpose of establishing a nature park on the north and northeast shores of Cedar Lake and along the railroad right-of-way from Cedar Lake to Highway 100. Its official name was Cedar Lake Park Preservation and Development Association, Inc.
In 1989, 48 acres of this land was for sale by Glacier Park Co., a land liquidating subsidiary of Burlington Resources. The goals of SCLP were to ensure that this land would become a park, raise at least one-third of the $1.7 million purchase price, negotiate with an intermediary agency to acquire the land and hold it until the purchase could be funded through public and private sources, develop a foot and bike trail corridor that connects the Chain of Lakes and the Mississippi Riverfront Park, and extend the trail corridor west.
By 1991, SCLP had grown to more than 500 members, with Laurie Lundy as coordinator. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) commissioned Wirth Design to develop a design study of using the land as a nature park. In November 1989 the Metropolitan Council’s Open Space Commission approved the design study and added Cedar Lake to its Chain of Lakes Regional Park Plan. SCLP collaborated with various existing entities including the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis and the James F. Bell Foundation to raise funds and gain support. Later in 1991, the Minnesota State Legislature approved the additional funding needed to purchase the 48 acres of land in Minneapolis and St. Louis Park. The land was purchased by the MPRB on November 25, 1992 for $1.7 million. On September 9, 1995, Cedar Lake Trail was dedicated.
In 2000, the group renamed itself the Cedar Lake Park Association (CLPA) and refocused their efforts to further extending the Cedar Lake Regional Trail through Downtown Minneapolis to the Mississippi River. During the 2000s and 2010s the group remained an active force for promoting the development of trails and parkland in the Cedar Lake area.
7.75 Linear Feet (16 boxes)
Language of Materials
- Cedar Lake (Hennepin County, Minn.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Cedar Lake Park (Minneapolis, Minn.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood (Minneapolis, Minn.) Subject Source: Local sources
- Community development -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Community organization -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Parks -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Trails -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis -- Planning. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Trails -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Cedar Lake Park Association Records
- Michael Valdez
- November 2022
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Part of the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Repository
Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis MN 55401 U.S.A.