Minneapolis is known for it’s lakes, the lakes make Minneapolis a recreational mecca. Lake Nokomis is just one of many lakes in Minneapolis.
Hi I’m Angie Groettum, Twin Cities Running Realtor.
I can not even begin to count the number of times I have ran, walked my dog, or biked around this lake. I can guarantee you you will never run or walk around this lake in the morning and not be greeted with a “good morning” by all of the neighborhood folks out getting a little exercise to start their day. Lake Nokomis has a great story to tell, here is just the beginning. Everyone who lives in the community has their own story to tell about “their” Lake Nokomis.
What do Hale, Diamond Lake, Wenonah and Keewaydin all have in common? They are all South East Minneapolis neighborhoods that encompass Lake Nokomis, formerly known as Lake Amelia (1819-1910)
In 1910 Theodore Wirth, a name you may recognize being as there is a park in Minneapolis named after him, mapped out a reshaping of Lake Amelia. First it was to be renamed Lake Nokomis after the Grandmother in the poem, The Song of Hiawatha, written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. You may recognize the name Longfellow, another neighborhood namesake in South Minneapolis.
Lake Nokomis was reshaped to be deeper and smaller than Lake Amelia. It was shortened by 100 acres thus loosing and deepened from five feet to fifteen feet in depth. Lake Nokomis was to be the reservoir that would ensure that the falls at Minnehaha were always running, however somewhere in its transformation it was declared to beautiful and became a park with softball and football fields, swimming beaches and bath houses. Lake Nokomis became the busiest recreational lake of the entire Minneapolis chain of Lakes.
Today you can find an abundance of activity going on around Lake Nokomis from runners, walkers, bikers, swimmers, kayakers and sail boats along with all the sport facilities such as softball, soccer, golf and tennis games going on in the park.
What started as a lake and cabin destination has become one of the hottest residential neighborhoods in the Twin Cities. The Lake Nokomis area is home to charming homes of all shapes, sizes and styles. The neighborhood has strived and succeeded at creating a pedestrian friendly platform to a diverse level of restaurants, coffee shops and retail conveniences. The Lake Nokomis area and its residents have created a small town feel with all the big city amenities and conveniences.
To learn more about Lake Nokomis and its surrounding neighborhood contact me, Angie Groettum, and I will happily give you the grand tour, whether we walk, run, bike or drive let me be your guide through one of the Minneapolis’ most charming neighborhoods.
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“See you round the neighborhood”