Loring Park

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Loring Park
Location of the Loring Park neighborhood within the U.S. city of Minneapolis
Location of the Loring Park neighborhood within the U.S. city of Minneapolis
Coordinates: 44°58′12″N 93°17′02″W / 44.97000°N 93.28389°W / 44.97000; -93.28389Coordinates: 44°58′12″N 93°17′02″W / 44.97000°N 93.28389°W / 44.97000; -93.28389
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Hennepin
City Minneapolis
Community Central
 • Total 0.452 sq mi (1.17 km2)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 7,873
 • Density 17,000/sq mi (6,700/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 55403, 55404
Area code(s) 612
Loring Park
Loring park.jpg
Loring Lake
Type Urban park
Location Minneapolis, Minnesota
Coordinates 44°58′12″N 93°17′02″W / 44.97000°N 93.28389°W / 44.97000; -93.28389
Area 33.94 acres (13.74 ha)
Status Open all year
Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 5,908
1990 6,586 11.5%
2000 7,501 13.9%
2010 7,873 5.0%

Loring Park is the largest park in the Central Community of Minneapolis, Minnesota on the southwest corner of downtown Minneapolis. It also lends its name to the surrounding neighborhood.


Designed by American landscape architect Horace Cleveland, the park contains a small lake (Loring Lake formerly known as Johnson's lake) and paths for walking and biking. Originally named Central Park it was renamed in honor of Charles M. Loring. The park is located on the former farm of Joseph and Nellie Johnson.[3] The park is the site of various cultural, social and political events.

Neighborhood boundaries[edit]

The official boundaries of the neighborhood are Lyndale Avenue to the west, Interstate 394 to the north, 12th Street to the northeast, Highway 65 to the east, and Interstate 94 to the south.

Neighborhood characteristics[edit]

Notable buildings near Loring Park include the Walker Art Center, Basilica of St. Mary, St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis Convention Center, and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The park is surrounded by apartment buildings, many dating from the early 1900s. Recent construction in the area has brought many new town homes and condominiums to the area. Loring Park is locally known for its diverse social environment and as a nexus for many arts and cultural events.

Berger Fountain at Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN.

References in popular culture[edit]

Loring Park is mentioned extensively by Craig Finn in the bands Lifter Puller and the Hold Steady. Portions of the television series Man v. Food's first season finale were filmed in Loring Park.[4]


  1. ^ "Loring Park neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota (MN), 55403, 55404 detailed profile". City-Data. 2011. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  2. ^ "Minneapolis Neighborhood Profile: Loring Park" (PDF). Minnesota Compass. October 2011. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  3. ^ Loring Business Association (2002–2004). "Neighborhood Information and History". Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  4. ^ Hutton, Rachel (March 25, 2009). "Man vs. Food Minneapolis airs tonight". Minneapolis/St. Paul City Pages. 

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