Minneapolis parkways to start gradually reopening beginning Friday, MPRB says

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board on Wednesday announced it will begin to reopen parkway sections that have been closed to allow more space for social distancing.

On Friday, Main Street Southeast from Hennepin Avenue to Third Avenue Southeast will open by 10 a.m., according to MPRB. On Monday, East River Road, Lake of the Isles Parkway and Nokomis Parkway will reopen by 10 a.m.

MPRB said Bde Maka Ska Parkway, Cedar Lake Parkway, Lake Harriet Parkway and West River Parkway will remain closed to traffic and open for pedestrian use.

"Given current available funding, MPRB is prioritizing extending closures for the most heavily used parkway spaces where added space for social distancing is most needed," Board President Jono Cowgill said. "Providing parkway space for people has been incredibly successful and I look forward to providing more opportunities for opening up these spaces if funding becomes available in the future."