June 6, 2012 by Sarah M
By Nick Halter
A new and improved Wirth Beach will re-open this weekend, about a year after a tornado ripped through Theodore Wirth Park and delayed many of the improvements to the area.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has completed several upgrades to the beach, most notably a 280-foot floating swimming dock that wraps around the beach.
Other improvements include sand volleyball courts, playgrounds, a new boardwalk and a parking lot. A better storm water treatment system will give Wirth Lake better water quality, according to a Park Board news release.
Theodore Wirth Park straddles the west side of Minneapolis and Golden Valley. It runs north of I-394 to Golden Valley Road.
Much of the work on the beach was completed last year, but the tornado that ravaged the North Side destroyed the new floating dock.
“I am thrilled that the community will finally be able to enjoy the improvements made to Wirth Beach and the surrounding area,” Park Board Commissioner Anita Tabb said in a press release. “It will be great to see families once again swimming, picnicking, fishing and using all the great amenities that the Wirth Lake and Wirth Park has to offer.”
The Park Board will host a grand opening of the beach at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for 11 a.m.