Minneapolis Parks: Construction on a new concessions pavilion area at Bde Maka Ska begins next week! The project will create two new buildings, including new, all-gender accessible restrooms and ample outdoor public seating to replace the building that burned down in 2019.
Work will start Monday, May 23 at the site of the former pavilion and continue throughout the year. The new buildings are scheduled to open next summer. Please stay away from construction areas and follow all onsite signs.
The boat launch next to the construction site will be closed June 6-September 16. No trailered boats will be allowed on or off the lake during this time period. The boat launch is currently open every day 6 am-10 pm through May 30, then 2-8 pm May 31-June 5.
The former Bde Maka Ska concessions pavilion, also called a “refectory,” was built in 1930 and was operated seasonally until it burned down in 2019. The site was paved over to provide a temporary gathering space at the popular northeastern corner of the lake and utilities were repaired to allow vendors to continue operating.
The Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Master Plan, approved in 2017, provided guidance for the pavilion site improvements. The new pavilion concept was designed by a team led by Cuningham after working with Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board staff and numerous stakeholders. MPRB Commissioners approved the project’s concept design in May 2021 and a construction contract was awarded in May 2022.