Columbia Park Profile

Minnesota Compass has prepared an in-depth profile of Columbia Park neighborhood, based on US census data, along with profiles for all other Minneapolis and St. Paul neighborhoods and surrounding cities. Download data files from the Minnesota Compass web site.

Columbia Park residents and workers are served by Metro Transit bus routes 10, 11 (see detour announcement), 59, and 118.

Columbia Park includes the 18-hole Columbia Golf Club (established in 1919) and the Columbia Manor (built in 1925 and overlooking the golf course and available for wedding receptions, family reunions, anniversary parties, etc.), driving range, picnic area, rugby pitch (used by Metropolis Rugby Football Club and others), winter sliding hill (some call it the city’s best), cross-country skiing, and running, biking and walking paths.

Dog park – south side of St. Anthony Parkway near driving range (see summary of off-leash areas and regulations).

Archery range – south side of St. Anthony Parkway west of Central Avenue NE

Hi-View Park, 3474 2nd St. NE, includes a basketball court, picnic area, tot lot and playground. “Named for its high elevation and city skyline view, Hi-View Park was opened in 1952. Nearly four acres in size, the park was expanded slightly in 1961 when the recreation shelter was built. Other improvements to the park over the years include adding a wading pool in 1977 and new playground equipment in 1989.”

Shoreham Yards and historic roundhouse –  Central Avenue NE at 29th Avenue NE

This 1998 image of the exterior of the Shoreham Yards roundhouse is courtesy Mike Melman.

The interior of the Shoreham Yards roundhouse was photographed in 1998 by Columbia Park resident Mike Melman, and appeared in his book, 'The Quiet Hours,' published in 2003 by University of Minnesota Press.

“Located on the southeastern corner of the Shoreham Yards, the Roundhouse was first constructed in 1887. Between 1887 and 1919, the semi-circular red brick building grew from 18 stalls to 46 stalls. Originally serving as the storage space for steam locomotives, the roundhouse was converted to a service station, lockers, and general storage after the conversion to diesel locomotives in the 1950s. The Roundhouse at Shoreham Yards acted as the central hub for the Minneapolis, Sault Ste. Marie & Atlantic Railroad company (referred to as the Soo Line). The Soo Line Company, under its first president William D. Washburn, started as a grain transportation system which contributed to much of the success of the milling industry in Minneapolis. The roundhouse was once the epicenter of the railroad repair yards and provided employment for people who lived in Northeast Minneapolis. Currently, the Soo Line Yard Site is vacant; however extensive pollution clean-up efforts are being conducted to prepare the site for future development.” – City of Minneapolis web page on Shoreham Yards

Historic bridge conducting St. Anthony Parkway over railroad yards

This April 2007 photo by Peter Doughty, through the St. Anthony Parkway bridge over the Burlington Northern Railroad tracks, shows the downtown Minneapolis skyline in the distance. Many freight trains and several commuter trains of the Northstar Line pass under this bridge each day.

This view of the St. Anthony Parkway bridge over the Burlington Northern Railroad tracks was captured by Columbia Park resident Peter Doughty in June 2009.

Trainspotting

Gateway Gardens, at University Avenue Northeast and 37th Avenue Northeast. (See City of Minneapolis announcement (PDF) on garden expansion in 2010.)

Alley Cat Community Garden, begun in 2010, using Hennepin County-owned land at the fork in the alley between Architect Avenue and Van Buren Street, between Columbia Parkway and 37th Avenue Northeast.

Learning for Leadership Charter School, now in its sixth year.

Businesses: energy industry software developer Open Access Technology Inc., Custom Business Forms (printer of our newsletter), Midcontinent Engineering, and others.

Decorative stelae “The 4020” along Central Avenue NE at 33rd Avenue NE, depicting the history of the neighborhood and featuring numerous rail motifs, by Northeast sculptor Foster Willey Jr., with custom benches.”  – See Start Seeing Art. See also Minnesota Sculptors.

St. Anthony Cemetery, 2730 Central Avenue NE, encompassing 13 acres and operated by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis — begun in 1857 by St. Anthony’s Parish.

Location

Northwest corner of Northeast Minneapolis, as depicted below in map showing Minneapolis parks and related facilities:

(The dotted line at bottom of map shows the last link in the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway – see online map at Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board web site.)

Map of entire Northeast with Columbia Park – Ward 1 map (PDF).

Links to historic maps of Minneapolis are included in the Tracks of the Past post at Getting Around Minneapolis.