- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minneapolis officials are considering dozens of ideas for improving three popular regional parks.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/14xPCG1 ) reports Theodore Wirth Park, Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park and St. Anthony Falls draw several million visitors annually. Renovation proposals have been drafted for the parks that will reflect how outdoor recreation interests have changed within the past several decades.

A $21 million plan has been drawn up for Wirth Park to bring more recreational activities throughout the seasons, including cross-country skiing and tubing in the winter and golf and off-road cycling in the summer.

Park officials also are reviewing a plan to allow natural grassland to grow across half of the areas surrounding Nokomis and Hiawatha lakes.

A $1.5 million proposal for the waterfall envisions a restoration to its historic path in the east channel of the Mississippi River.

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Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com

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