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East Harriet Neighborhood

East Harriet Neighborhood

East Harriet is a neighborhood in the Southwest community in Minneapolis. Its boundaries are West 36th Street to the north, Lyndale Avenue South to the east, West 46th Street to the south, and Lake Harriet, Lakewood Cemetery, and William Berry Parkway to the west.

The home of Theodore Wirth, longtime architect of the Minneapolis park system, is located on the west side of this neighborhood.

In addition to these Minneapolis landmarks, Lyndale Park Gardens and Rose Gardens, the Thomas Sadler Roberts Bird Sanctuary are located within East Harriet. Many houses in the neighborhood are two-story homes, set back from the streets.

East Harriet Neighborhood History
Colonel William S. King directly influenced the shape and tone of East Harriet. His summer estate, Lyndale Farmstead, was situated on land now designated as a park bearing the same name. King was also instrumental in setting aside as park lands the vast acreage encircling Lake Harriet.

East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association (EHFNA) History
EHFNA officially incorporated in 1991 as one of the first six neighborhoods to participate in the Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP). East Harriet neighbors have used – and are using – the NRP process to identify and meet our neighborhood’s needs. The volunteer help of committed neighbors and business owners was instrumental as EHFNA planned and implemented the original Neighborhood Action Plan.

One of the most noticeable beneficiaries has been Lyndale Farmstead Park. For many years, the park building was used as a daycare facility and community programs and events were nearly nonexistent. In the past ten years, the park has been transformed into a popular neighborhood gathering place. EHFNA partially funded staff at the park until the Minneapolis Park Board took over staff payroll in 2000. Additionally, EHFNA has funded new park lighting, tennis courts, and playground equipment.

References:

“East Harriet, Minneapolis” │ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Harriet,_Minneapolis

“Welcome to the East Harriet Neighborhood” │ http://www.eastharriet.org/

“East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Assn” │ http://www.eastharriet.org/our-neighborhood.html

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