Minneapolis Park Board winds down last encampment, at Minnehaha Park
January 6, 2021
The dwindling population of the last homeless encampment in a Minneapolis park has limited time to pack up, even as the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board began clearing the site.
As the sun rose Tuesday over Minnehaha Regional Park, a backhoe and a Bobcat scooped up trash and uninhabited tents from the encampment just off Hiawatha Avenue. After the Park Board issued a Dec. 31 order to leave within three days, people living there had expected the camp to be disbanded Tuesday.
Park Board spokeswoman Dawn Sommers said eight people are still living at the camp. The Park Board is trying to accommodate the request of volunteers for more time to help relocate people, Sommers said.