How a scrap of land with a long history is transformed into a garden oasis
The Grove sits on the Minnesota St. right of way. The site was originally a rail spur, when railroad cars crisscrossed the district connecting warehouses and factories to the City’s busy eastern waterfront. Until very recently, Minnesota was an unaccepted street, paved and maintained at the whim of local property owners. The unpaved half of Minnesota went through various forms of neglect and reclamation. When the nearby condos were built in 2008 the developer made upgrades to the area and the new neighbors began gardening.
Minnesota Grove has become a marvelous, improbable neighbor-created park between 24th and 25th Sts. Its pedestrian path allows visitors to dip into nature - orioles, hummingbirds, seasonal blooms and butterflies - on a one-block long vacation. The park’s mature trees and lush plantings defy the park’s industrial setting and offer local residents, gallery visitors and workers a green oasis.
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