Nokomis is another primarily residential community in South Minneapolis. It is comprised of 11 neighborhoods south of 42nd/43rd Street and between 35W on the west and Highway 55/Hiawatha on the east.
Nokomis has many community offerings, such as the Hiawatha Golf Course, Lake Nokomis Park and Community Center, and several parks, trails, gardens and recreational fields. The Hiawatha Light Rail, Minnehaha Parkway and Lake Nokomis are other key features. Minnehaha Creek flows through the various Nokomis neighborhoods of south Minneapolis as it works its way toward Minnehaha Falls and the Mississippi River.
Lake Nokomis is alive with ice skaters and hockey players in the winter and sailors and swimmers enjoying the public beaches in the summer. In keeping with the natural and community-oriented feel of Nokomis, there are several public gardens, including the Nokomis Naturescape Gardens, which are located on the northeast shore of Lake Nokomis, and the Nokomis East Gateway Gardens.
Tree-lined blocks with small houses in a variety of architectural styles are characteristic of this area. Though there are several apartment complexes in Nokomis, quaint homes on small lots are the most common type of housing found in Nokomis.