On the southwest corner of downtown Minneapolis sits Loring Park, a great oasis for all the family to enjoy. The park is surrounded by cathedrals, new condominium developments, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and the Walker Art Center.
Created around 1883 by the Board of Park Commissioners and originally named Central Park, the park was renamed in late 1890 to honor Charles Loring who served as a Minnesota Supreme Court Justice and who was the first President of the Board of Park Commissioners in 1883. Loring is now known as The Father of Minneapolis Parks.
For the sports enthusiast, the park features basketball courts, tennis courts, biking path, and a tot-park for the kids. For dog lovers, there is now an off leash area at the northeast corner of the park.
One part of the park that I love is the perennial flower garden that is blooming spring through fall, which is very relaxing too. Surrounded by brick trails and lounging benches, visitors can sit back and enjoy the day while being only minutes away from downtown.
To learn more about the park visit:
Friends of Loring Park
Loring Park Neighborhood