Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Reconstruction

The iconic Minneapolis Sculpture Garden has been rebuilt with a stormwater reuse system and sustainable, eco-friendly landscape features.


Project Details

City: Minneapolis

Type: MWMO Capital Project

Status: Active

Timeline: 2016-2017

MWMO Funding: $1.5 million

Partners: Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Walker Art Center

Staff Contact:
Marcy Bean, PLA
Capital Projects and Stewardship Specialist
Email Marcy Bean, PLA
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One of Minnesota’s most iconic places, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden has been reconstructed with a unique water reuse system and sustainable landscape features that embrace the site’s natural hydrology.

Built on the site of a former wetland, decades of use had left the garden in need of serious repairs. The MWMO worked with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Walker Art Center to help replace the 11-acre site’s failing infrastructure with longer-lasting, eco-friendly features. The new water reuse system, centered around an 80,000-gallon underground cistern (located near the famous Spoonbridge and Cherry pond), will irrigate the site and conserve an estimated 4.7 million gallons water each year. The garden’s redesigned north end features a “fresh meadow” filled with deep-rooted native plants that help manage stormwater, while engineered soils throughout the site will improve its drainage and stability.

The water reuse system, the engineered soils, fresh meadow and enhanced turfgrass will work together to improve the aesthetics, accessibility and long-term stability of one of the state’s most visited destinations.