West Calhoun Neighborhood Council

Lake Calhoun Renaming Petition Survey

Please share your opinion regarding the possible renaming of Lake Calhoun. Two petitions have been presented to the County. The petitions suggest a change to either:

  • Bde Maka Ska
  • Lake Maka Ska

The County Board is holding a public hearing on Tuesday, October 17, 6pm, at the Hennepin County Government Center. We would like to share our area’s input with that board. You can respond via our Survey Monkey by end of day October 9. Thank you!

Our next neighborhood council meeting

Tuesday, October 10
6:00pm • Bakken Museum

Agenda to be posted

West Calhoun Neighborhood

West Calhoun map
We represent the residents and organizations that reside within these boundaries. Anyone in our neighborhood is consider a “member” automatically is invited to participate at meetings, join committees, attend events, and get involved!

Until the 1880s, much of the land around Lake Calhoun was swamp land. Despite its terrain, the lake became a popular resort area in the 1870s, as city residents sought out a place to get away from the city. Over the course of the next century, the city of Minneapolis invested in a major effort to build up the land surrounding the lake and bring more homes and businesses to the area. Today, nearly all of the parks, beaches and boulevards in this area were built atop man-made land.

In 1898, the Minikahda Club was established in the now West Calhoun neighborhood. The club’s name is a combination of two Sioux words, which combined mean “by the side of the water.”