Gold Medal Park

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Gold Medal Park
Type Urban park
Location Minneapolis, Minnesota
Coordinates 44°58′39″N 93°15′11″W / 44.9775°N 93.253056°W / 44.9775; -93.253056Coordinates: 44°58′39″N 93°15′11″W / 44.9775°N 93.253056°W / 44.9775; -93.253056
Area 7.5 acres (3.0 ha)
Created 2007
Status Open all year

Gold Medal Park is a 7.5-acre (3.0 ha) park in the Downtown East neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. Designed by landscape architect Tom Oslund, the park is owned by the city of Minneapolis and opened in May 2007. It takes its inspiration from the Native American mounds that are found throughout Minnesota. It consists of a 32-foot-high (9.8 m) mound, reached by a spiral walkway rising out of a green lawn with 300 trees. The park, just east of the Guthrie Theater, provides the Mill District neighborhood with some rare green space.[1][2]

Built on a strip of land next to the Guthrie Theater and the Mississippi River, the park features specially designed luminescent benches, a prominent 32-foot (9.8 m) mound and mature trees brought in from as far away as New Jersey.

The William W. and Nadine M. McGuire Family Foundation leased the land for 10 years, starting in 2007, from the city of Minneapolis and the Guthrie, each of which owns about half of the property.[3]

Across the street from the park and adjacent to the river is Remembrance Garden, which is a tribute to the victims of the I-35W Mississippi River bridge collapse. It was dedicated on August 1, 2011, the fourth anniversary of the collapse. [4]


  1. ^ Mack, Linda (2007-12-19). "From Plazas to Profound Places, Architect Leaves Imprint". MinnPost. 
  2. ^ Hammel, Bette (2007-03-21). "The Guthrie Spurs Development on Minneapolis Riverfront". Architectural Record. 
  3. ^ Johnson, Adam (December 4, 2006). "As McGuire steps down, his 'gift to the city' is completed". Finance and Commerce. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ The Minneapolis Foundation (2009-09-18). "35W Remembrance Garden". Archived from the original on 2011-06-23.