Hidden Beach's fate to be decided by Park Board this winter

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Hidden Beach photo by Nick Vlcek for City Pages
The special Kenwood Isles Area Association meeting that took place earlier this week didn't produce a resolution calling on the Minneapolis Park Board to take action on the problems neighborhood residents say plague Hidden Beach, but something along those lines will be coming soon, Kenwood neighborhood association chair Larry Moran tells us.

And when it does, the Park Board vows to consider it carefully before deciding what action to take in time to implement changes before next year's beach season.

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"We want to get community input," Anita Tabb, the park commissioner for the district including Cedar Lake, tells us. "Some members of the community don't want it totally open. Is that a controversial subject? Go out there and talk about it."

We asked Tabb if she's hearing the same things as Moran, who says problems with drugs, alcohol, property crimes, and shenanigans in general at Hidden Beach are worse this year than any time he can recall in recent memory.

"You know, I think it depends who you talk to," Tabb replies. "Some residents will say this stuff has been going on for a long time. Maybe we've had one or two really high-profile incidents [this year], but according to some people this is an issue that's been going on for about 40 years."

As for what options might be on the table for the Park Board, Tabb says, "I think everything."

"It seems to me there are two options," she says. "You either fully close it and let the underbrush totally grow, and make it so unpleasant to be there that people aren't going to be there. Who wants to lay on brushwood?"

With regard to the other option, Tabb says, "We could open it up, and I mean really open it up."

"We've walked the middle ground in the past," she continues. "We've wanted it still to be this idyllic hideaway, yet we don't want what might come with that and I don't think we can have it both ways. We either need to close it or open it up and take out all the underbrush, [which] might mean taking out trees, putting in parking, adding amenities that would draw people who have eyes on the park."

If the Park Board opts to clear bush from the site in hopes doing so will increase the sense that you can't get away with stuff at Hidden Beach and thereby deter illegal behavior, that "could happen in short order -- the next 10 months," Tabb says.

With regard to this week's meeting, Moran says the atmosphere among the 50 to 60 people in attendance was one of "intense frustration."

"I think one of the things people don't understand is why [Hidden Beach] is not being treated like any other beach in the city," he says. "There were no porta-potties there until end of May. People were using their own open-air latrine. Stuff like that has people pretty frustrated."

Though no resolution came up for a vote, Moran says, "We had a show of hands, and the people that were there are pretty evenly split between requesting closure for the rest of the summer and those that would prefer it closed after 6 [p.m.], so that people who want to use it during the day can use it during  theday."

"The arrest times [this year] have been mostly been in the day, but people that live up there say [cops] just don't make arrests at night," he continues.

Moran stood by what he told us during a conversation earlier in the week about this year being the worst he can recall in terms of problems at and around Hidden Beach.

"Most people [complaining] have been [living in the area] 15 to 30 years, so it's not new residents who are pissed off at this," he says. "There's a qualitative difference this year with what's going on there versus in the past."

As an example, Moran cites two recent incidents he's heard about -- one where someone allegedly displayed a gun at the beach, and another where a cop was punched by a suspect who was allegedly involved in a drug deal.

(For more, click to page two.)



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Tim Burkhardt
Tim Burkhardt

Wonder if anyone remembers Grain Belt Park - lake hotspot in the 60s and 70s near Harriet?

myjah
myjah

Why in the world do they think making a parking lot would improve things? "We're concerned about drunk driving... so let's build a parking lot so even more people can drive to the beach." What? Not to mention seeing through a ton of cars is even harder than bushes.

Tyler Eskelson
Tyler Eskelson

Let's punish the majority for the actions of the minority.

Rick White
Rick White

Charge cover, use cover to pay security to check ids, install bar, profit.

Gah...NO__GARrrr
Gah...NO__GARrrr

I can say, from experience, that it is more messed up now than it was in the 80s. More trash, more plain obnoxiousness. They shouldn't close it, of course, but folk need to clean up their act.

thepete_us
thepete_us

People ARE responsible for their own actions. That being said...Hidden Beach; a place long known mostly to locals, was more or less hidden until you "geniuses" at "CITY PAGES" shined your journalistic light on it by putting it on the cover, calling attention to it and telling everybody where it was. You are indirectly directly responsible for it becoming "Hipster Beach" (I coined it thus) 

THANKS A EFFING LOT !!!!!!!!!!


Krista Ann
Krista Ann

Its not even that hidden and the lake is gross. Bear ass is way way better

Kurt Vatland
Kurt Vatland

Its a shitty beach anyway but used to be a great alternative to a yuppy infested beach for those who like that sorta thing. It was chill and a good party. Was there two times in last 2 years (a dramatic decreese) and it was lame but even worse like a high school dance with big brother swooping through every ten seconds looking for drinks n pot which is just cheeseballs lame. More cops should be in North Mpls not in parks writing misdemeanors for the weakest of sins and the city should be ashamed to call that a beach..put some real sand down. The citys approach to make everything cookie cutter is robbing citizens of unique mpls landmarks and an alternative to the norm.

Sharon L Keefe Borseth
Sharon L Keefe Borseth

This has been going on for over 45 yrs.... why is it such a big deal now? You don't like it don't be around it. PLAIN & SIMPLE. Common sense..use it.

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

Hey Kenwood folks, that light rail is pretty awesome isn't it?

Josh Ellingsøn
Josh Ellingsøn

The residents of kenwood are always a buncha whiney a-holes. "We don't want light rail we don't like the beach we don't like people." Get out of the city and go live out in the suburbs where it'll be plenty boring for you.

The Sooj
The Sooj

They better not close Hidden. If they close hidden all the douchebags who go there will invade the quieter beaches! Please let the hipsters keep their beach, so they stay away from the other beaches!!

Kirk Burback
Kirk Burback

That is the way Nazis work. They like to do things when you're not paying attention. In Minnesota, we call that winter.

Spencer Green
Spencer Green

next year it will be a private beach for the neighborhood. pretty easy to see where this is going.

Dave Salmonson
Dave Salmonson

Hidden beach has not been hidden beach for about 10 or 15 years now.

Deborah Dopp
Deborah Dopp

No. This Historic and Sacred beach is a place of ancient status. It will never close.

Anna Sawyer
Anna Sawyer

That's a problem at a couple of "hidden" beaches around town. It's the few (offenders leaving behind broken glass and disrespecting the beaches) that create problems for those of us that want to enjoy the areas. Hidden Beach, Twin Lake Beach, etc.

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

Just leave it alone. Quit trying to tell people how to live. Its a public park and it doesn't belong to Kenwood. If they don't like living in the city then they should move further out.

Tyler Chip Moody Suter
Tyler Chip Moody Suter

If they "open it up" or let the underbrush grow, they will lose the most beautiful beach in Minneapolis. Sara Ann Fetyko: We should bring Leo here before it's gone. I would have NO issues bringing my 2 year old son to this beach, because it is a peaceful, vibrant place. And to those who are vandalizing the neighborhood, you should be ashamed.

Scoops
Scoops

I've never understood why assholes have to ruin a good time for everyone by stealing and vandalizing residential property. 

_Joe_
_Joe_

@The Sooj 

Don't forget the fucking  hippie drum circles that always has a guy with dreadlocks wanging out the same three chords on his shitty acoustic.  Hidden Beach as indeed gone to shit, but at least it serves as a septic tank for the other city beaches.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

I think it'll be an open beach and all those trees and bushes will be chopped down around it. 

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

@_Joe_ @The Sooj Sounds like hidden beach needs a Slayer concert to get rid of the hipster hippies LOL.Too bad Jeff passed away.

The Sooj
The Sooj

@_Joe_ haha true...we were at point beach today across the lake and we heard the fucking drums!

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@_Joe_ @The Sooj its always been shit joe, when i was 20 years ago we would go there to check out the naked chicks...mostly ugly ones


we saw people shooting heroin


witchcraft


satanists 

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