Minneapolis Park Memory: This Isn’t Just My Sandbox

A sandbox at North Commons in about 1920. Sandboxes were the first playthings added to parks beginning in 1904. (From a hand-tinted glass slide, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board)

Grab a shovel or a bucket. Jump in.

I welcome your comments on Minneapolis parks as you knew them, as you remember the role they played in your life and your neighborhood. Readers have contributed many evocative portraits of Minneapolis parks under the category “Minneapolis Park Memory” on the right. Have a look — and add your own story. Include your thoughts as a “comment” or e-mail me at minneapolisparkhistory[at]q.com. (Please substitute the symbol @ in the appropriate place.) If you have pictures of parks that are already digitized or can be scanned, let me know. We’d love to post them.

I have posed several questions about parks in various posts and I would appreciate your help in finding answers. Here’s another: I heard recently that the cabins from the Minnehaha Auto Tourist Camp were sold when the camp was disbanded and one of them ended up on the shore of Lake Mille Lac. Evidently it has been expanded several times, but the old cabin remains the heart of a lake home still being used. I hope to write something in the near future about the Tourist Camp at Minnehaha. If you remember seeing it, camping there — or buying one of the cabins — send me a note.

David C. Smith


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