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.