If you want to hit the parkways in Minneapolis this weekend, you had better be on foot for a good cause. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board just sent out this advisory about this weekend's parkway closings:
Sep 24 - Walk to Defeat ALS, 10:00am-12:30pm, Lake Harriet Parkway
Sep 24 - NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Walks 2011, 11:00am-3:00pm, West River Parkway between Minnehaha Falls and 33rd Street
Sep 24 - Once & Done Literacy Run, 7:00am-11:00am, East River Road between University and Franklin
Sep 24 - Great Prostate Cancer Challenge, 7:00am-11:00am, Father Hennepin Bluff, Stone Arch Bridge, West River Parkway, Boom Island, Main Street
Sep 25 - Women run the Cities, 8:00am-noon, Godfrey Road, West River Parkway, Franklin Avenue, East River Parkway
A complete list of parkway closures is available online.
Back in May, my colleague Tom Meersman wrote about how the park board is turning down requests for special event permits because of overcrowding in popular parks.