Loring Park in winter, park center erected ca.1906
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. The park is the site of various cultural, social and political events. In October of 2014 a project to remove cattails from the pond began. The cattails had encircled the entire south pond and almost choked the entire north pond. City officials persuaded the State Legislature to grant them authority to eradicate the cattails.
Loring Park is the venue for various annual events. The Twin Cities Pride Festival and the Loring Park Artists' Festival are some of the more famous events. Loring Park's location directly across from the Walker Art Museum makes it a fitting venue for the annual Loring Park Artists' Festival and a series of smaller artist gatherings. Starting in summer 2014, Chipotle has held their Cultivate free music and culinary festival in Loring Park. The 2014 lineup included Portugal. The Man, The Mowgli's, and Grouplove. Walk the Moon is slotted to appear at the 2015 festival.