Minnesota Grove is a marvelous, improbable neighbor-created park in the middle of Dogpatch’s arts district, on Minnesota St. between 24th and 25th Sts. Its pedestrian path allows visitors to dip into nature - orioles, hummingbirds, seasonal blooms and butterflies - on a one-block long vacation. The park’s mature trees and lush plantings defy the park’s industrial setting and offer local residents, gallery visitors and workers a green oasis.
The Grove sits on the Minnesota St. right of way. The site was originally a rail spur, when railroad cars crisscrossed the district connecting warehouses and factories to the City’s busy eastern waterfront. Until very recently, Minnesota was an unaccepted street, paved and maintained at the whim of local property owners. The unpaved half of Minnesota went through various forms of neglect and reclamation. When the nearby condos were built in 2008 the developer made upgrades to the area and the new neighbors began gardening.
The GBD has been able to help and expand the tireless efforts of neighborhood volunteers, insuring the park’s health and longevity - upgrading irrigation systems, adding new plantings, making repairs, pruning and cleaning. GBD landscape crews work in the Grove each week and maintenance crews pick up trash in the park and along Minnesota. The GBD has worked with Public Works and the Municipal Transportation Agency to better manage parking in the area and to elevate the need for sidewalks, street lighting, street paving and other upgrades in south Dogpatch. For more information on the extension of the Grove’s central path to connect to 24th St. click HERE.
Park Steward: David Hall