Powderhorn Park Audio Tour

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"Hard work - great to learn more about the history of this great neighborhood!"

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The podcast stops were selected through community meetings, conversation with business owners and tourism experts, and a survey of storytellers in the community. Click on the "Product" tab and enjoy listening!

Track One: 4th of July. Storytellers: Khusaba Seka, Akmiri Sekhr-Ra. Interviewers: Bella, Luz
Track Two: Sports. Storytellers: William Bell, Jesse Martin, Ashton Robinson, Jeff Wickern. Interviewers: Malachi, Rykiah
Track Three: History and Historic Sports at the Park. Storytellers: Jim Miller, David Smith. Interviewers: Alonzo, Diego, Malachi, Rykiah
Track Four: Art Festivals at the Park. Storytellers: Florence Hill, Xena Huff. Interviewers: Alonzo, Diego, Malachi, Rykiah
Track Five: Favorite Memories of Powderhorn Park. Storytellers: Moe Dominguez, Florence Hill, Silvia Perez, Ashton Robinson Interviewers: Alonzo, Bella, Diego, Luz, Malachi, Rykiah
Track Six: Meet Our Interviewers. Alonzo, Bella, Diego, Luz, Malachi, Rykiah

All tracks narrated by Minneapolis Park Commissioner, Scott Vreeland.

For more information: Contact Project Manager Aleah Vinick at aleah.vinick@mnhs.org or 651-259-3417.

Background on Powderhorn Park

The land around Powderhorn Lake became a Minneapolis public park in 1890, and expanded in 1891 by nearly 21 acres. Its famed skating rink was first established that year, and ice skating at the park is still popular today, though not so much as during its heyday in the 1930s and 40s when crowds at speed skating matches reached the tens of thousands. Today, the park contains playing fields, playgrounds and a park building that hosts community education classes ranging from pottery to yoga. In winter, a portable warming house is set up and the lake is used for ice skating. The park and lake are used as the setting for the last act in the city's annual May Day parade.

More information on Minneapolis Parks

Parks, Lakes, Trails and So Much More: An Overview of the Histories of MPRB Properties

Project Details

Date: November 2012 - March 2013
Partner(s): Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association; Minneapolis Parks & Recreation; Pillsbury House + Theatre Youth Action CREW; JLR Foundation; Aleah Vinick, Minnesota Historical Society, Project Manager
Location: Minneapolis, MN

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