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. 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.

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]


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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]


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