Lyndale Farmstead Park has family friendly amenities that include a playground and tot lot, paths for walking and biking (plus a bike pump), and sports courts and fields. This park also has restroom facilities. In the winter MPRB maintains an outdoor ice rink. Located on a scenic hillside, Lyndale Farmstead Park was once the headquarters of a farm that covered most of Lake Harriet it also was the home of former park superintendent, Theodore Wirth, and his family.
The Theodore Wirth House at Lyndale Farmstead
According to the Minneapolis parks department, the Theodore Wirth house was built for the Wirth family as an incentive for Theodore to accept the job as park superintendent in 1906. He remained in the position until 1935 (but his family remained in the house until 1946), making him the longest-tenured superintendent in Minneapolis park history. The house was not completed until 1910, at which time the upper level was used as the family's home and the lower level was used for office and design space. 2002 because of Wirth's impact on Minneapolis parks and its influence in planning for municipal, state and national parks across the country
Tucked into a hillside in Lyndale Farmstead Park, The Wirth Home and Administration Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is furnished with period artifacts, including some that were owned by the Wirth family. The house is not generally open to the public, but is on occasion for special events. To find more historic homes, check out our Museums & Historic Sites page.
Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center
The small rec center houses a community kitchen, a craft room and a multi-purpose room. MPRB recently added air-conditioning and a new furnace, updated the accessibility of the restrooms, added a new meeting room and building addition and updated the lobby and reception area.
Winter at Lyndale Farmstead
During the winter months, the park maintains an outdoor ice rink with warming house at this location. Rinks are dependent on the weather, but usually open from mid-December to mid-February. MPRB does not expect the ice rink or warming house to be affected by the 2019/2020 rec center closure.