Linda Mulligan

City of Minneapolis Nokomis

Average Commute to St. Paul: 15 minutes
Average Commute to Airport: 5 minutes


Nokomis City Information

County: Hennepin
Population: 37,310 (2008)
Median Income: $64,423
Chamber of Commerce: Minneapolis
School District(s):  Minneapolis (1),, 612-668-0000

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About the Community of Minneapolis Nokomis

Nokomis community is so-named for its major landmark, Lake Nokomis. Smaller Lake Hiawatha (including Lake Hiawatha Golf Course) and Diamond Lake are also located here, and lend to the attractiveness and recreational opportunities in these neighborhoods.

The southern neighborhoods: Minnehaha, Wenonah and Morris Park are deeply entrenched in Native American (Ojibwe) history as two of the names suggest. Wenonah neighborhood is named after Hiawatha's mother, the daughter of Nokomis. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalizes these people in his poem, The Song of Hiawatha. The arrival of streetcar routes was the driving force behind the major development that took place in these neighborhoods around 1865.

The community is largely residential but for some commercial districts near the Lake and peppered throughout. Size and style of homes in the community range based on geographic location and distance from Lake Nokomis. Homes around the Lake tend to be larger and while old, they're very well-built with quality craftsmanship and unique touches, generally very desirable properties.

As you travel away from the lake, the homes continue to be well-maintained and tidy but begin to attain a cozier feel. They're generally single-family, two-bedroom pre-1940 homes made of stucco, brick and stone. This is a very attractive neighborhood with lots of recreational opportunities for the young, active individuals as well as entire families.

Diamond Lake
Morris Park
Page's boundaries are the Minnehaha Creek to the north, Chicago Avenue to the east, Diamond Lake Road and East 55th Street to the south, and Interstate 35W to the west. Page shares a neighborhood organization with the Hale and Diamond Lake neighborhoods. Regina

Minneapolis is first in the nation in literacy and second in per capita theaters. It is also known for its orchestra, art museums, and the sculpture garden with the cherry spoon near Loring Park and the Walker Art Center. Minneapolis is on the Mississippi River where you will find riverboats to ride on and by its banks, interesting walks. Minneapolis is also home to professional sports teams and many restaurants and bars with musical entertainment.

Nokomis Parks & Recreation

Over the years, our park system has grown from a few city parks to a large, nationally recognized park system of nearly 6,400 acres of land and water, including over 170 park properties throughout the city and 49 year round staffed recreation centers. Today, an important component of what makes Minneapolis a great place to live and work is these parks and lakes. In fact, we believe the Minneapolis Park system to be the best park system in the galaxy. It was described by the Trust for Public Land in 2000 as the "closest thing to park nirvana".

Chain of Lakes:
Enjoy lakeside paths for exercise and relaxation
Canoe for nearly two miles from Lake Calhoun to Brownie Lake
Search for the marker at the site of the area's first schoolhouse or Cloudman's village.
Step back 50 years in time and ride the Como-Harriet Streetcar Line
Listen to live music at the Lake Harriet Bandshell
Visit the Bird Sanctuary, Rose Gardens and Peace Gardens near Lake Harriet

Parks Historical Sites:
While all of the parks in Minneapolis have an extensive history, the Park Board is fortunate to house several unique historical sites. Select a historical site from the list to link to more detailed information.

Recreation Centers:
Nokomis Community Center and Park is one of 49 year-round recreation centers in the Minneapolis park system. A full menu of program services designed to meet the recreational needs of all age groups is offered at the park. These programs include supervised athletics, cultural & fine arts, social interaction groups, music & dance, environmental programs and community celebrations.
Nokomis Community Center has a number of rooms that community residents can use including meeting rooms, lounge, arts and crafts room, kitchen, office, gym and several activity rooms. Many people rent the multi-purpose room for special events (wedding receptions, etc.) as this room offers a very picturesque view of the lake.
The 13,7000 sq. ft. community center was built in 1975. In 1995 a new totlot was added and pathways were re-done.

Annual Events:
City of Lakes Loppet
35km cross-country ski race through the Twin Cities (1st weekend in Feb.)
Heart of the Beast Theatre May Day Parade
Parade and Festival featuring fantastic puppets and floats (1st weekend in May)
Art Studio Tour and Open House in NE Minneapolis (May)
Pride Festival & Parade
One of the country's largest annual Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transgender pride celebrations (June)
Minneapolis Aquatennial
Summer festival with more than 70 events including milk carton boat races and Torchlight Parade (3rd week of July)
Minnesota Fringe Festival
Hundreds of music, dance & theater performances at about 20 different venues. (1st week in Aug.)
Loring Park Art Festival
Fine art festival in an idyllic downtown park setting (1st weekend in Aug.)
Uptown Metris Art Fair
One of the top fine arts festivals in the Midwest (1st weekend in Aug.)
Powderhorn Festival of Arts
Features regional fine arts and crafts (August)
Twin Cities Marathon
The most beautiful urban marathon in America (1st weekend in Oct.)
Holidazzle Parade
Floats and fairy-tale characters with sparkling lights parade down Nicollett Mall. (Wednesdays though Sundays, End of November through December)




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