Post by ● Sep 9, 2015

Nokomis: Morris Park

Tagged: Community Profiles, Minneapolis Neighborhoods, Minnesota History, , , , , , , ,

Morris Park is located in the southeastern border of Minneapolis. The neighborhood borders the Twin Cities Air Force Reserve Base on the south, and is within the Nokomis community. Morris Park got its name from Mary C. Morris, daughter of Franklin Steele. Steele was the first European-American settler of St. Anthony, which is north of Minneapolis, and he donated land to the University of Minnesota. Today, 3,000 residents enjoy living in this private community that is in close proximity to the downtown area.

Tree-lined streets portray the beauty the neighborhood offers with homes fluctuating in several different architectural types. The attractive and appealing neighborhood is mainly residential, and all of the locals enjoy the landscapes and landmarks that Morris Park has to offer. The housing styles include comfy single-family homes. Most of the homes were built between the 1920’s and 60’s and were constructed as bungalows, and mini-Tudors, with intermittent one-story ranch styles.

Morris Park is a part of the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association. Every year, NENA puts on several community wide events. The annual NENA garage sale brings buyers and sellers together for a neighborhood wide sale. Whether you’re looking to clean out the basement or seeking reasonably priced hidden treasures, this is the event for everyone. Another event held in early fall is the Monarch Festival. The festival offers everything from food, music, and dance, to Monarch and habitat education, to hands-on art and native plant sales, all while highlighting the Minnesota-Mexico connection and celebrating the Monarch butterfly’s amazing 2,300 mile migration. The Night Before New Year’s Eve celebration on December 30th, is a family-oriented, free event, that offers parents and kids a chance to celebrate the coming New Year a night early. The celebration includes food, carnival games, live music, marshmallow roasting over a bonfire, hayrides, a photo booth, the famous Nokomis Fish Pond, a “midnight” (7:55pm) countdown complete with noisemakers and much more.

Boss’ Pizza & Chicken is one of the only restaurants located within the Morris Park neighborhood. They offer over 30 specialty pizzas as well as broasted chicken. What makes Boss’ Pizza & Chicken so popular, in addition to their quality food, are their late store hours. Boss’ is open until 3am every day, making it a favorite destination for quality food among the night-shift worker and late-night bar crowds.

The Morris Park neighborhood is home to one park that shares its name:

Morris Park: Morris Park is located in the center of the Morris Park neighborhood. It offers visitors several amenities to enjoy. They include a picnic area with grill, playground, restroom facility, skate park, soccer field, softball field, and wading pool. Adjacent to the park is a local school, and within the park is the Morris Park Recreation Center. The recreation center offers a community kitchen, craft room, meeting room, and multipurpose room. Visitors to Morris Park enjoy all of the amenities found within the park in addition to the manicured lawns and beautiful gardens.

If you have any questions regarding the city of Minneapolis, the Nokomis community, or if you would like to sell or buy a house in the area, please feel free to visit Twin Cities Property Finder or call 1-800-909-1953.