City Center Mankato is comprised of three distinct and defined residential neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has a unique character and often similar housing styles. The neighborhoods are each named after a public park they encompass.
The Lincoln Park Neighborhood was named after the small triangular park in the northern portion of the district, honoring President Abraham Lincoln. A recent community fundraising effort helped restore and rebuild the ‘Boy in Blue’ monument that stands in the center of Lincoln Park to honor the courage and sacrifice of the Blue Earth County, Minnesota Volunteer Soldier from 1861 – 1865.
With a quality blend of 19th-and early 20th century architecture, the Lincoln Park neighborhood was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. As it remains today, it is one of the most intact late 19th and 20th century will-maintained residential neighborhoods in outstate Minnesota. It has 249 historically contributing buildings listed on the National Register. Home styles include Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, French Second Empire, Italianate, Craftsman, Queen Anne and Colonial Revival. Examples of vernacular Victorian-era design are common and several examples of American Foursquare style and Prairie School also exist.
Washington Park clusters along the long, wide central park space. Although similar in period to the Lincoln Park homes, these houses and lots are smaller and narrower for higher density.
In the late 1800s this area was once home to a bustling railway connection. *Fourth Street Depot Grounds included four railroads connected with Mankato, making it an important agricultural, commercial and industrial freight transportation hub.
The area has an active neighborhood association (Washington Park Neighborhood Association), which is committed to engaging with residents, maintaining and improving natural resources, and keeping the neighborhood safe for everyone.
*Sited from Washington Park Historical Marker
Sibley Park is Mankato’s third distinctive neighborhood, located on low-lying land by the MN River. This neighborhood has a cluster of well preserved midcentury modern homes around the prominent Sibley Park, which is rich in history.
The park is named for Minnesota’s first Governor, Henry Hastings Sibley. In the past the park has provided a horse racing track, regional zoo, museum, community band shell, clay tennis courts and renowned gardens. Today, Sibley Park is home to the amazing Kiwanis Holiday Lights Display and ice skating rink, hobby farm and petting zoo, beautiful gardens and facilities for organized sports, music and group gatherings.
Mankato fosters community pride and encourages citizen involvement to help maintain and improve the community’s quality of life and to plan for its future. Each City Center Mankato neighborhood has unique priorities and citizens who have the opportunity to organize, build bridges of communication among neighbors and collaborate with city government to provide and encourage responsiveness between city officials and the neighborhoods. Currently, City Center Mankato has two active neighborhood associations–Lincoln Park and Washington Park.
For more information on the Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association, contact Heather Hammond at 612-834-0211
For more information on the Washington Park Neighborhood Association, contact Patty Salmon & Silas Mauk / firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in starting a neighborhood association, call the City of Mankato Community Development staff at 507-387-8620.