Minneapolis Side Yard with Horseshoe Pitch
Not into golf or tennis, this urban Minneapolis homeowner was searching for a sport to occupy his spare time. That’s when he found the game of horseshoes. With just a side yard of available space, plans were drawn to build a regulation “pitch”. What the homeowner didn’t anticipate was the enthusiastic response from the neighbors.
The nostalgic ring of the horseshoes works like a magnet to draw people to his back yard. “People really like the sound of the shoes. It brings them back in time.” One eighty-year-old neighbor said it immediately brought her back to her girlhood days when her father, family, friends, and neighbors would gather in the evenings after dinner for a little friendly competition. The homeowner insisted the pitch be regulation-sized to make it challenging.
Seating for Friends and Neighbors
There’s plenty of space for spectators to cheer on their teams with two patios, seating on the retaining wall, and a bench seat located in the back retaining wall. Today, neighbors and friends just show up – and this south Minneapolis homeowner practices for local and regional competitions. Perhaps, one day, he will be headed to a national competition. For right now, it’s a new backyard pastime…a new passion.
- Photographer: John Wiese
- Location: Minneapolis
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