Loring Way is ideally located in a thriving section of Minneapolis at the south end of downtown. The building is within walking distance to everything from the restaurants, shopping and music on Nicollet Mall to the theatres, clubs and nightlife on Hennepin Avenue and First Avenue North. Downtown is home to a growing residential community of people who appreciate the conveniences of downtown living, including the city’s many arts, cultural, recreational and entertainment options (including outdoor concerts and a weekly Farmer’s Market during the summer to holiday parades during the winter).
Originally designed by Chicago landscape architect Horace Cleveland, Loring Park features a natural landscape that includes a large lake, gardens, walking and biking paths, a playground, a WPA-built wading pool, basketball and tennis courts, and areas for other activities such as horseshoes. It is home to numerous small and large celebrations and events, including the Loring Park Art Festival, the Walker Art Center’s Summer Movies and Music in the Park, and the Twin Cities GLBT Pride Festival. The Berger Fountain sits at the edge of the park facing Loring Way. In 2007, a dog run was installed at the west side of the park adjacent to the Minneapolis Community and Technical College campus. The park is connected to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden by the Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge.
Loring Park in the spring Loring Park during a winter snowstorm
Connecting Loring Park to the Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis is a public greenway. The area was created as part of the original district design for Loring Park Development that included Loring Way. It includes seating areas and two fountains, one at the mid-point and a second where the greenway meets Nicollet Mall. The greenway serves as a walking and biking path, and a convenient space for pet-owners. Included is a playground that was rebuilt in 2006. The entire greenway was renovated in 2007and 2008 with new paving and plants.
The Greenway, looking towards Loring Park