New timber frame picnic pavilion opens this fall at Beltrami park!

Construction begins soon on a new timber frame picnic pavilion at Beltrami Park. A news release with more information is attached and pasted below. Several project renderings and a map of where the pavilion will be built within the park are linked in the news release.

New Timber Frame Pavilion coming soon to Beltrami Park!

Partnership between neighborhood, public, non-profit, and corporate philanthropic sources comes together to create a unique, beautiful new picnic shelter in Northeast Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is thrilled to announce work will begin soon on the construction of a new timber frame picnic pavilion at Beltrami Park.

“This distinctive new picnic shelter will be a wonderful new community gathering place and the creativity, resourcefulness and talent that is bringing it to fruition is a perfect example of what makes Northeast such a great place to live,” said MPRB Commissioner Liz Wielinski. “I’m deeply appreciative of the all the work done by Beltrami neighborhood, the generosity of US Bank and the Minnesota Vikings, the talent and time donated by Timber Framers Guild Member Clark Bremer and Spark-Y, and the guidance provided by MPRB staff.”

About the Pavilion

The project will result in the addition of a 26-foot-tall timber frame pavilion that will accommodate approximately 16-20 people at one or two picnic tables, which will also be constructed using timber framing methods.

Location Map

Pavilion Rendering

Pavilion Elevation View

Community involvement is a critical component of this project. Neighborhood residents are encouraged to attend any of the several opportunities to get involved listed below.


What is Timber Framing?

Timber framing is a distinctive style of building construction that has been used for thousands of years. Timber frame structures are built using carefully fitted timbers with complex joints secured by large wooden pegs instead of nails or other mechanical fasteners.

Project Contributors

This unique addition to the park was made possible through an extensive roster of project contributors:

  • US Bank Places to Play program, which awarded the Beltrami Neighborhood Council a $27,000 grant for the project.
  • Beltrami Neighborhood Council (BNC), which organized a series of public meetings that identified a picnic shelter as a top priority at Beltrami Park, successfully applied for the Places to Play grant and contributed a $25,000 match from its Neighborhood Priority Plan funding.
  • The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, which contributed $8,000 in District 1 Commissioner funds and helped the BNC develop the concept, identify potential funding sources and secure partners for the project.
  • Clark Bremer, a Northeast Minneapolis resident and member of the Timber Framers Guild. Bremer is donating his time and expertise to construct the pavilion.
  • Spark-Y, a local non-profit providing staff and interns to assist Bremer. Spark-Y helped build a previous timber frame construction project at Edison High School in Northeast Minneapolis.

Stay Informed

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