May 16: Gold Medal Park opens
After a lovely dinner in the Riverfront district of Minneapolis on Friday night, I strolled past Gold Medal Park with my dinner companions. The orange fence surrounding this soon-to-open park, which is located next to the Guthrie Theatre, prohibited me from enjoying the neon blue benches and great view of the river. Designed by Oslund and Associates, the design has already won a American Society of Landscape Architects, Minnesota chapter award. A sign on the fence announced that an opening ceremony is scheduled to take place at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16. William McGuire, former CEO of UnitedHealth Group, donated the land and will pay for its upkeep for 10 years.
According to Minnesota Monthly, "The design for Gold Medal Park includes four winding concrete paths that mirror the way water flows down into the Mississippi River. One will spiral from a lighted perch on a 32-foot hill. Linden trees will line a boulevard along Second Street, and maples will dot the park. An invitation to luxuriate on park benches won’t be necessary, but a bell to remind you it’s curtain time [at the Guthrie] may be."
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