Prospect Park is an historic neighborhood within the University community of the U.S. city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The area is bounded by the Mississippi River to the south, the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota to the east, the Burlington Northern railroad yard to the north, and the Stadium Village commercial district of the University of Minnesota to the west. The neighborhood is composed of several districts which include the East River Road area.
An urban village once served by streetcar, Prospect Park is now a combination of multiple districts and uses. Families live in single-family homes on Tower Hill
while University students reside in apartment housing in the western districts. Estate homes of the early to mid 20th century line East River Road. The SouthEast Industrial Area (SEMI) in the north contains light manufacturing, rail yards and remnant grain silos. University Avenue houses a mix of retail and restaurant businesses from the Stadium Village area.
Arts And Culture
The neighborhood has an annual "Ice Cream Social" on the first Friday after Memorial Day, a get-together for the neighborhood with food, music and other entertainment. It is the one time of year when the interior of the Witch's Hat water tower is opened to the public, allowing for a panoramic view of Minneapolis from the top.
Near the south end of the neighborhood on Bedford Street is the Malcolm Willey House
, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and named after a University administrator. The historic significance of the house played a large part in preventing its destruction when Interstate 94 was built in the 1950s. The current goal of the neighborhood is to establish an "urban-village" feel — that is, a somewhat self-contained feel in the context of a larger city. Prospect Park also has a few surviving houses from the 19th century. The neighborhood is home to two community centers, Pratt Elementary School and Luxton Park.