Events Showcase: Midtown Greenway

Parade of Bikes attracted more than 200 riders, including Bob Corrick of the Midtown Greenway Coalition and Mayor R.T. Rybak. 

Parade of Bikes attracted more than 200 riders, including Bob Corrick of the Midtown Greenway Coalition and Mayor R.T. Rybak. 

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Wells Fargo Home Mortgage turned out 50 volunteers for the Arbor Day tree planting.

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage turned out 50 volunteers for the Arbor Day tree planting.

The MCW Partnership redoubled its commitment to promoting the Midtown Greenway by producing two very successful events this year. The organization’s third-annual Arbor Day event celebrated the newly completed connection between the greenway and the recreational trails of the west metro. And the first-ever Parade of Bikes took advantage of these trails with a festive July 4 ride that drew hundreds of participants.

Trailhead Opening Highlights
Arbor Day Event


A major link in the regional greenway system officially opened on Arbor Day when Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman led the dedication ceremony for the new trailhead connecting the west metro’s Southwest Corridor Trail to the Midtown Greenway.
“We are beginning with this trail segment to knit together the patchwork systems that make up Hennepin County,” said Dorfman.

Other speakers included County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, Congressman Martin Sabo, St. Louis Park Mayor Jeff Jacobs, Commissioner Jeffrey H. Olson of Three Rivers Park District, Meg Forney of the West Calhoun Neighborhood Association, Bob Corrick of the Midtown Greenway Coalition and Kelly Gosz of Wells Fargo.

The ceremony took place at the new community gateway developed by the West Calhoun Neighborhood Association at 31st Street and Chowen Avenue South. 

The tree planting that followed drew more than 100 volunteers, including 50 from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and a busload of school-age visitors from around the country in town for the annual conference of the National Youth Leadership Council. Staff from the Tree Trust guided the volunteers, who made quick work of planting 80 trees.

Parade of Bikes
Has Spectacular Debut


Bicycles decorated with streamers, balloons, fabric and foam added to the festivities as more than 200 riders of all ages—in many cases entire families—embarked on the first Parade of Bikes, a July 4 bicycle rally beginning and ending in the Midtown Greenway. 

Members of the MCW Partnership came together to produce Parade of Bikes, celebrating the Midtown Greenway and its links to the regional trail system. The event also raised money for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Target and Xcel Energy were among the sponsors; the Midtown Greenway Coalition and the Lake Street Council supported the Parade of Bikes, and partnership counsel Smith Parker organized it pro bono. Mayor R.T. Rybak, City Council Member Dean Zimmermann, County Commissioners Peter McLaughlin and Gail Dorfman, Denny DeNarvaez of Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Bob Corrick of the Midtown Greenway Coalition were all on hand to kick off the event.

Parade of Bikes ran from the Midtown Greenway in south Minneapolis to Hopkins and St. Louis Park and back on a 17-mile loop of regional bike trails.

The event debuted as part of the Greenway Parade of Arts, an Intermedia Arts production that also includes the popular Art Car Parade, food, dancing, music and performance art.