|Loring Park has recently morphed into a neighborhood that has preserved its turn-of-the-century mansions and brownstone walk-up apartments to become a Bohemian mix of cultural centers, restaurants, and new condominium and apartment complexes. Five of the city's oldest and largest churches are in the area, including the Basilica of St. Mary and the United Methodist Church.
A unique and diverse community, the Loring Park neighborhood combines both young professionals and retired suburban homeowners to create an environment that is both fun and safe place to live. In fact, the crime rate is among the lowest of all Minneapolis neighborhoods. Just north of downtown, this active and engaged community provides all the benefits of urban living and a peaceful environment. Beautification and restorative projects, such as the Nicollet Avenue Project and Restorative Justice project, keep the community engaged and secure.
Loring Park itself is a series of walking and biking paths that circle the Grand Rounds - the country's longest continuous system of public urban parkway. The Park is also home to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, where one can find the Spoonbridge and Cherry statue that finds itself on the covers of many Twin Cities travel brochures. Across from the Walker Arts Center, the Sculpture Garden provides 11 acres of art in an environment of plantings and walkways.
The arts are very important to the Loring Park neighborhood. Not only is it close to the Walker Art Center, it also is near The Guthrie Theater, Red Eye Art Center, and the Loring Playhouse. The Minnesota Fringe Festival, also located here, brings over 40,000 people to the neighborhood in July and August.