Cleveland was especially influential in preserving the banks of the Mississippi River gorge in St. Paul and Minneapolis as parkland.
Smith is the author of City of Parks: The Story of Minneapolis Parks (2008) and has written historical profiles of more than 180 Minneapolis parks for minneapolisparks.org, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s Website. He also writes a blog on park history at minneapolisparkhistory.com.
The Minneapolis park board built the 16,560-seat stadium at The Parade, a park just west of downtown, in 1951.
One of Loring’s proudest achievements was acquiring Lake Harriet as a park, almost completely through donations of land.