Seven Things: I Love About Powderhorn Park

Powderhorn Park is hands down my favorite place. Not just in Minneapolis, but anywhere.

7. Art Sled Rally. Powderhorn park now has a great winter tradition to balance all of it’s summer activities. We like our winter sports in Minnesota.

6. The park has 4 playgrounds. And each one has something different. That’s like little kid playground heaven.

5. Late night walks. In the summer. Especially when the sprinklers in the baseball fields come on. Every time I’ve left Minnesota for any great length of time, I’ve gone for a late night walk in the park the night before I left.

4. May Day. Love the Parade. Love the welcoming of the sun back to the earth. Love the first roasted sweet corn of the year.

3. Fireworks on the 4th of July. I go early, camp out with a book and some snacks, and watch the park fill up around me. I always watch from under the big tree; I love seeing the colors shimmer through the branches.

2. The Powderhorn Art Fair. If you know me, you know this is my favorite weekend of the summer. I walk through the booths at least 3 times, wishing I had money to buy whole sets of dishes, wind chimes, photography. This year I bought my first real piece at the fair, a stone and iron crane to watch over my garden.

1. It is the perfect place to go running all year round. Every season brings something new and beautiful to enjoy as I loop the pond and the baseball fields. Trees in different stages of life. The frozen pond. Youth Farm. The heron that lives on the the island. Dog walkers. Teens holding hands on the dock.

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2 Comments on “Seven Things: I Love About Powderhorn Park”

  1. Reuben Says:

    I live across the street from Powderhorn Park. I love this list you've put together. I've never seen the 4th of july fireworks because I'm always up north at the in-laws for the holiday. My favorite part of the park is the constant stream of little kids playing football, baseball, and soccer down in the bowl all summer.

    I've always thought that the park could really benefit from a better defined jogging/cycling path around the perimeter of the park – one that allowed for a longer-distance loop than what the current sidewalks permit.

    Also, the ice skating on the lake is fantastic, although the ice never seems to be as smooth as the ice on non-lake rinks at other parks.

  2. clare Says:

    I'm glad you liked my list!

    I make up for the short distance of the inner loop around the pond and the baseball fields by also doing a big loop around the city streets along the perimeter of the park. There are so many paths around the park that you could go around three times before you cover all the ground, which ends up being over 5 miles when all is said and run, and that's not too shabby.


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