During April and May, as we celebrate the coming of green grass, the blooming of flowers and the warming of our lakes, we will be donating $100 for every new listing we put on the market to the local non-profit People for Parks. We’ve asked each Berg Larsen Group agent how they use the local park systems and what they enjoy most about them. Below, professional Realtor Kate Wall shares how she and her family, who live in the Kenwood neighborhood, use the park system.
What do you like most about living near the chain of lakes?
Kate Wall: “We chose to live near Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake so that we could enjoy the lakes year-round! I walk with Jack, our 11 year old Brittany, almost every day, regardless of weather. Most mornings, we walk Lake of the Isles at 5:30 am. We have our “5:30” group that we see almost every day. If we go a little later, there is a whole different group, but they’re also regulars. When I can, which isn’t often during the busy season, I will also walk in the afternoon. On weekends, Mike, my husband, and I walk Cedar Lake for a change of scenery, they’re all so beautiful. I also have friends who live at the South side of Lake Calhoun, also known as Bde Maka Ska, and I walk with her every few weeks. Every time around, we see something different, it’s beautiful.
You say you see “something different” each time you walk the lakes. Can you tell us a few recent highlights?
Kate Wall: “There are otters in Lake of the Isles, and I love seeing them swimming around. A couple of weeks ago, Mike and I saw 2 bald eagles on one of the islands on the Lake. We have also seen wild turkeys, foxes, egrets and other wildlife. My favorite time around Lake of the Isles is when the sun is rising. I am looking forward to it getting lighter earlier in the mornings, so I will start to see the sunrise again!”
Do you partake in any of the community events that take place around the lakes?
Kate Wall: “Yes, absolutely! In the winter, we enjoy going to the Luminary Loppett. Last summer, there were performances of Shakespeare at Lake of the Isles. We missed the actual performances, but saw the troupe practicing several times, which is fun.”
You’ve mentioned a lot about the chain of lake, but what other parks do you like to explore?
Kate Wall: “When we venture away from our neighborhood, we love Minnehaha Falls and Sea Salt! Yum! Patrick, my son, and Mike play golf at Theo Wirth park and Braemar park in Edina. I also took golf lessons at Braemar with Deb, the office manager, last summer. We plan to do that again, it was so much fun! We love our park system and enjoy it every day!”
People for Parks describes themselves as, “a non-profit organization created to stimulate financial and community support for Minneapolis Parks from citizens, businesses and organizations. We carry out special projects in cooperation with our donors and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Our purpose is to sponsor programs and projects that enhance and promote our city's park services and facilities.”
From planting trees, to improving playgrounds, to neighborhood engagement activities and so much more, People for Parks works hard at contributing to improvement and growth of our incredible park systems, which we all use. Parks create community in our neighborhoods, allowing neighbors from all backgrounds and ages to enjoy a beautiful safe setting in magnificent nature.
If you, or someone you know, is interested in listing their home for sale, now is the time! Inventory is exceptionally low in the Twin Cities and buyer interest is high. It’s a seller’s market. let Kate’s experience help sell your home. Contact her today at 612-925-8476 or, Kate@BergLarsenGroup.com