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Loring Park, Minneapolis

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Loring Park, on the southwest corner of downtown Minneapolis, is the largest park in the Central Community of Minneapolis, Minnesota. It also lends its name to the surrounding neighborhood. Loring Park hosts several annual events including the Twin Cities Pride Festival and the Loring Park Artists' Festival.Park featuresThe park contains a small lake and paths for walking and biking. Originally named Central Park, it was renamed in honor of Charles M. Loring, known as the "Father of Minneapolis Parks."The park is the site of various cultural, social and political events. It features a playground, biking and walking paths, public art, and a fishing pier. It displays two well-known pieces of public art: the "Dandelion Fountain," a 1975 gift of Parks Commissioner Ben Berger, and a statue of Norwegian composer Ole Bull.HistoryLoring Park was established in 1883 after the passage of the Park Act, the act which first created the Minneapolis Public Parks board. At its time of creation in 1883, the park was named Central Park. A couple of months after it was renamed to Spring Grove Park, but was subsequently renamed back to Central Park in 1883. In 1890 the park was renamed again in honor of Charles Morgridge Loring, who was the first president of the park board in Minneapolis.Loring Park was purchased by the Minnesota Public Parks board on April 28, 1883. The land was purchased for $150,000 and contained 30 acres of land. A few more pieces of land were added to the park for a total cost of $350,000. This was the first plot of land that was purchased by the Minnesota Public Parks board. Shortly after purchasing the land, the Minneapolis Public Parks board hired George Brakett and Horace Cleveland to design the park and to drain the bog in the lake. They used plants that were brought in from nearby woods to complete the design for the park. They also decided at this time to make the park pedestrian only.
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  • Came here for Holidazzle after dinner and it was decorated beautifully. Very cold, but warming tents and drinks kept us warm to enjoy it!  more »
  • We came here to Ice Skate. Its free to skate and for the skate rental, pleasant surprise. It ended up snowing while we were there so the park looked beautiful. There is a warming tent with a good view...  more »
  • We went to Holidazle and wasn't sure how to review it, so I'm reviewing the park in the hopes that it will be helpful to someone. The sidewalks in the park were not scooped, which made it difficult to...  more »
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