|Dock at Ryan Lake.|
Victory is home to North Minneapolis’ only lake – Ryan Lake. Hidden away at 47th and Xerxes Avenue North, the Ryan Lake shoreline is a beautiful, open public space. Just blocks away on the other side of Osseo Road is a large tract of former Superfund land that has been cleaned up and partially restored as a prairie.
In 2003 ViNA completed a visioning plan for the Ryan Lake-Victory Prairie area that called for rehabilitation of the Ryan Lake shoreline, restoration of the prairie, and linkage of the two sites with a bicycle trail. The first project from that plan, the first phase of the Ryan Lake shoreline restoration, was completed in September 2004. Over 60 neighborhood residents came together to plant over 6,000 native plants on an eroding shoreline.
In 2005 ViNA partnered with the City of Minneapolis, Groundwork Minneapolis, and the National Park Service to obtain a $43,000 DNR grant to help fund construction of the trail. ViNA has dedicated $10,000 of NRP funds to the project, and fund raising is underway to secure the remaining matching funds. Construction of the trail is expected in 2007.
The final link in the project is the rejuvenation of the Victory Prairie. Once a Superfund site, the large tract on the east side of Osseo Road adjacent to the CP Rail switching yard has been cleaned up and planted with prairie plants. Unfortunately, the site has had no maintenance, and invasive plants have taken over. The Park Board has obtained an easement over the site, and is working in partnership with ViNA to develop a long-term strategy of restoring the prairie and opening it up to public use.