Loppet Foundation / Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Fostering A Love Of Outdoor Adventure

The trailhead at historic Theodore Wirth Park was designed for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the non-profit Loppet Foundation. The 14,200 square-foot recreational building focuses on year-round outdoor adventure.

The Theodore Wirth Park trailhead uses mass timber framing to create an expressive architectural presence that serves the Loppet Foundation and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s programming needs while blending seamlessly with the wooded parkland site at the gateway to Nordic ski and mountain bike trails. The building replaces a former structure that only provided access to the Par 3 golf course. The expanded building now includes a restaurant, indoor and outdoor gathering spaces, an exercise/training room, ski and bike shop offering rental equipment, men’s and women’s locker rooms and restrooms, ticketing counter, golf course access, outdoor patio, and the offices for The Loppet Foundation.

Since opening in 2018, the building has quickly become a community destination.