Please join Friends of Lake Hiawatha Monday evening to add your voice in support of water quality, habitat protection and greater community inclusiveness as the Community Advisory Committee near’s the completion of its work.

Lake Hiawatha Park Property Master Plan Community Advisory Committee
Monday, July 22, 2019 Time: 6-8 pm (please join FOLH at 5:45pm)
Location: Lake Nokomis Community Center
Address: 2401 E Minnehaha Parkway
Topic: Continuing the CAC workshop to create outline for single preferred design alternative

Community Advisory Committee will continue its workshop discussion from June 11 meeting and create a preferred design alternative outline

The next Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting is scheduled Monday, July 22, 2019, 6-8:00 pm at Lake Nokomis Community Center, 2401 E Minnehaha Parkway.

This meeting continues the CAC’s workshop conversation around developing a singular preferred design alternative outline. Once agreed upon, the outline will be handed off to the project’s design team for refinement.

Here is where the CAC left its preferred design alternative outline:

Pollution mitigation, City involved
Fence comes down strategically, increase accessibility to park and water
Revised/improved clubhouse, with winter activity
Balance natural and recreation spaces with appropriate plantings
Keep costs low, capital and maintenance
Safe walking path around the lake, not necessarily directly adjacent to lake
More purposeful interpretation African American and Indigenous history, art, and culture [unfinished, conversation to be continued]

All CAC meetings are public and everyone is welcome to attend. Snacks, refreshments, and passive children’s activities are provided.

Next meeting scheduled July 22, 6-8 pm at Lake Nokomis Community Center

Thanks! Sean, Roxanne, Penny, Ryan, Sheila and many more!

Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan CAC Meeting
Public · Hosted by Lake Hiawatha
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 6 PM – 8 PM
414 E Diamond Lake Rd, Minneapolis, MN 55419-1459, United States
Let’s be present at this meeting to witness the CAC discussions and actions. The first two meetings caused a lengthy delay to the Master Plan process that resulted in a new charge for the CAC. The modified resolution directs the CAC to only consider a reduced pumping scenario and bring forward a solution that includes, at a minimum, a flood-resilient and ecologically-driven nine-hole configuration for a golf course on the property.

Friends of Lake Hiawatha is in full support of this decision by the Minneapolis park board Board of Commissioners and continues to advocate for mitigation of the stormwater entering the lake and protection and expansion of wildlife habitat at the golf course and park property. Come support a vision that prioritizes a clean Lake Hiawatha!
MPRB Update:
“The third Community Advisory Committee meeting for the Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan is scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, 6-8 pm at Pearl Recreation Center, 414 E. Diamond Lake Road.

At the meeting, the CAC and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board staff will begin establishing a vision for the golf course property. A vision is a unique, high-level, singular statement that captures a community’s intent for a given area of parkland. It’s usually one sentence long.

Establishing a vision at the beginning of the master planning process allows for every subsequent decision to flow through and be filtered by the vision so that it meets the intent of the community. It should be an exciting meeting and get everyone moving on a solid path forward!

All CAC meetings are public and anyone interested in the creation a long-term plan for the Hiawatha Golf Course Property is welcome to attend.”


Previous Events

 Saturday September 8 Lake Hiawatha – Cleanup and 


LISTEN TO our volunteer PENNY Fuller who was featured on MPR on Art Hounds today!  Nurse and concerned environmentalist Penny Fuller is looking forward to “This is Ours: Our Park, Our Lake, Our Trash,” a one-day exhibition and art installation on the southern shore of Lake Hiawatha. A group of artists will be creating pieces that invite viewers to both celebrate the natural beauty of the lake and raise awareness of the pollution that threatens its biodiversity.
The show runs Saturday, Sept. 8 from sunrise to sunset and includes hands-on activities for visitors.

“This is Ours: Our Park, Our Lake, Our Trash,” SPECIAL EVENT
A one day, outdoor exhibition in the SE corner Lake Hiawatha Park,
Saturday September 8, SUNRISE TO SUNSET, opening ceremony 6-8pm

a one-day exhibition and art installation on the southern shore of Lake Hiawatha.
A group of artists will be creating pieces that invite viewers to both celebrate the natural beauty of the lake and raise awareness of the pollution that threatens its biodiversity. The show runs Saturday, Sept. 8 from sunrise to sunset and includes hands-on activities for visitors.

All art work will be or happen near the water’s edge between where Minnehaha creek enters and exists Lake Hiawatha (south side of the Lake). Featuring the art of Sean Connaughty, Erica Spitzer Rasmussen, Mayumi Amada, Presley Martin and John Schuerman

Visitors to Lake Hiawatha look out over the Lake and enjoy spectacular sunsets, frolicking wildlife, and glistening waves. If however, their eyes wander down to the nearby shoreline they find trash, festering garbage, and dead wildlife in plain view. This is ours: our lake, our park, our pollution. The pollution is ours not just because the lake is public domain, but because if you live in the Lake Hiawatha watershed (from Lake street to Lake Hiawatha and east/west from 28th Ave to Park Ave), some of your trash and toxins have almost certainly been carried down the storm sewers that flow directly (unfiltered) into the lake.

This exhibition is being produced to celebrate the natural beauty of Lake Hiawatha Park and to use contemporary art to raise awareness/stimulate collective action that helps the Lake (call your park board commissioners and ask them to support a pollution mitigation system!). Like many things in life, there is beauty and death. Our idyllic landscape is there but our lake is polluted, no longer safe to swim in.

The artwork and events will all be site-specific responses to both the natural wonders and the trash washing up on the shores. In its broadest form the exhibit is about time and material, the constituents of any landscape. In this specific landscape the artists will install art, perform and guide activities to facilitate relationship with nonhuman nature and reckon with the contaminating shucks of commercial society. You will find contemporary art that looks back from the future to anthropologically predict what our society was like; that juxtaposes the concepts of garden lifetime with plastic lifetime; that decorates the earth with Styrofoam; that engages you in papermaking from park materials; that celebrates the sun the earth and the water; and that that allows you to participate in ritual to affect your appreciation of space and time but leave nature undisturbed.

This project was inspired by the art and activism of Sean Connaughty who for the past 3 years has worked tirelessly to produce art that engages the local community to save Lake Hiawatha.

About the Artists:

Sean Connaughty has been working knee-deep in the edge water of Minneapolis’s Lake Hiawatha extracting the trash that pollutes the Lake. He has collected, catalogued, traced the origins of, and fabricated stories about, the human beings that created this mess. He is both activist and artist, hoping to sway public policy makers to implement a pollution mitigation system for the park. Currently he is working on designs for public art projects that could work in conjunction with the mitigation system.

Mayumi Amada is an installation, textile and sculpture artist who repurposes objects and materials into statements about nature, the cycles of life, eternity, beauty and Buddhist philosophy. For this exhibit she will work with recyclable plastics from consumer products that can be found in any convenience store, or in Lake Hiawatha.

Erica Spitzer Rasmussen is a papermaker and sculptor whose work explores issues of identity and corporeality. For this exhibit she will present a Pop-Up Paper Shop –a mobile papermaking station (a tent with digital graphics) that is stocked with supplies and equipment (such as pre-beaten paper fibers, a collapsible table, molds and deckles, tubs, etc.). Visitors will be invited to make free sheets of decorative paper derived from local plant species at Lake Hiawatha, such as rhubarb, Hosta, cattail, daylily and iris.

Presley Martin questions commonly held assumptions about the environment. His work begins with many hours of direct field observations before producing sculptures, installations, photographs and performances. For this exhibition he will produce an installation from found Styrofoam and other lake trash.

John Schuerman draws, but also strays into other media such as installation and performance as he tries to place human ideas and constructs within the natural order. For this exhibit he will encourage visitors to reckon with the wonders of being alive (time, space, matter, mortality) and the price of living in a fouled environment.