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Free Yoga at Nokomis

The Friends of Lake Nokomis is sponsoring a summer yoga series again this summer. Sessions are held Saturdays from 8-9 at the Nokomis Main Beach. Bring your own mat, there is a drinking fountain nearby and the water feels great after a workout. The first session is June 16th. Additional dates are listed on their facebook page and in ActiveNet.

Open Swim

Open Swim returns to Lake Nokomis and Cedar Lake this season with an additional swim day added at Cedar Lake. Tuesdays at Nokomis are free, with no registration required. All other days are club days, with fees covering the cost of equipment rental and staffing additional lifeguards. Register through ActiveNet and collect your swim cap using an id at the Nokomis Main Beach. In the event of inclement weather, cancellation notices are made via Facebook page posts, typically one hour prior to the start of the swim. There is no feeling quite like being in the middle of the lake during our Minnesota summers watching the clouds lazily drift across the sky. . .as a recreational swimmer this is one of the greatest wilderness experiences to be found in the city.

Summer Activities
Looking for ways to stay active and connect with the community? There are hundreds of programs throughout the parks this summer for all ages and abilities! Peruse offerings by age group, park, etc. on ActiveNet.
Summer Meals

Meals are offered throughout the system M-F June 11-August 17th for youth ages 18 and younger. Find a location near you here.

Lifeguard Certification

Are you a strong swimmer and are looking for a summer job?  Don't let the fee stop you from becoming a Red Cross Certified Lifeguard this summer in the Minneapolis Parks! The next training and certification session is this weekend. Reach out to Sara Chillo to discuss scholarship opportunities for becoming a certified lifeguard working in the Minneapolis Parks.

Tree-planting update: Beauty, blight, and building a better urban forest

As tree planting comes to a close and 8,000+ new trees have been added to our urban forest, its a perfect time to learn more about how the park board is building a better urban forest.

Planning Projects

There are a number of planning projects beginning in 2018 including the Phelps Park Improvements. When the project page is launched, a link will be included in this section of my newsletter.

Community Engagement Policy

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is updating its Community Engagement Policy and we’d like to hear from you!

The policy guides MPRB’s community engagement processes and practices, and your input will help shape an updated policy.

More Information and Next Steps:

For more information, please read the current MPRB Community Engagement Policy:

There will be other ways to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences as this project progresses, including open houses, focus groups and a traveling exhibit. More information will be shared when details are finalized.

About this project:

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Community Engagement Policy outlines how community stakeholders participate in planning all MPRB park facility construction and redevelopment projects. This project will evaluate the current policy and redraft it based on public feedback. To subscribe to updates on this effort, please visit the project page.

Master Planning for Hiawatha Golf Course Property

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is in the process of orchestrating a master planning process to explore methods of balancing water management and use of the Hiawatha Golf Course property. The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) process is one of the best paths to a robust conversation supporting the master planning process. During the master planning process, the CAC will meet frequently, even as MPRB staff and consultants reach out to others interested in the future of the golf course property through other formal and informal input opportunities.

The MPRB has updated its website with a page that will be directed solely to this project. The site is being populated with a calendar of meetings and events, master planning progress updates, and presentations made during CAC and other meetings—in addition to the core materials gathered through the past few years of study. There are links to work being conducted by other agencies that might inform the work of master planning the golf course property, and a link that allows interested stakeholders to be notified about the project.

CAC meetings are open to the public, and formal meeting notices will be sent out by email. The final 15 minutes of each meeting are dedicated to providing the public an opportunity to address the CAC and members of the public in attendance.

At the second meeting of the CAC, the appointees voted 9-8 to request that the current board of commissioners revisit the previous board's decision to pursue a reduced pumping strategy on the site before the CAC continue their work of carrying out the CAC charge:

The Hiawatha Golf Course Master Plan CAC shall:

·         Become knowledgeable about past investigations conducted by the MPRB and others in order to gain a reasonable understanding of water management conditions on the golf course property and any attendant effects on nearly private properties;

·         Become knowledgeable about past and current use of the property, including communities served by the current golf course use of the property;

·         Become knowledgeable about other aspects of the golf course property and the master planning project and its scope, and advise MPRB staff and consultants throughout the planning process;

·         Contribute to broad community engagement by acting as primary contact for the CAC’s represented communities, and by enhancing the project’s interaction with a wide range of stakeholders and stakeholder groups;

·         Assist with ongoing communication of technical plan elements to the general public;

·         Report back to appointers or appointing bodies, as requested, on the plan process, information presented, and possible recommendations;

·         Make recommendations to the MPRB Commissioners on the future use or evolution of Hiawatha Golf Course, based on agreed upon vision, goals, and principles;

·         Make recommendations to the MPRB Commissioners in support of any changes to the golf course property or perpetuation of current uses, with attention to priority, sequencing, timing, and funding.

If you'd like to share your thoughts with the commissioners on this request from the CAC, you can find our contact information here. At this time, it is not clear to me when the board will be discussing the request from the CAC. I stand by my vote last year to pursue a reduced pumping strategy that protects homes while allowing this site to be redeveloped to be more resilient to the effects of climate change and to reduce the pollutant loading of Minnehaha Creek and Lake Hiawatha.

2015 Nokomis Hiawatha Regional Park Master Plan:

Resolution 2017-243 - Resolution directing staff to apply for a groundwater appropriations permit and further directing staff to organize a process of amending the Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park Master Plan. 8/9/2017 and amended 10/4/2017

Resolution 2017-355 - Resolution authorizing the formation and charge of an appointed community advisory committee (CAC) for the Master Plan for the Hiawatha Golf Course property.

Please visit the project page for more information and to sign up for notification of upcoming meetings.

Lake Nokomis Shoreline Enhancements

Shoreline enhancements will improve habitat for both aquatic and upland animal species. It will stabilize erosion, seek to remove invasive plants, and create a functional continuum of shoreline zones. Plantings will accommodate fluctuations in water level, allowing for resilience to changing water level conditions in the lake. Improvements will be constructed primarily along the north shoreline of the lake.

The first public meeting was held Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at Nokomis Community Center. At that meeting, interested community members reviewed current site conditions and gave feedback on potential changes along Lake Nokomis’s northern and eastern shoreline. Additional feedback is being collected via online survey:

The second public meeting was held Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 at Pearl Recreation Center. This meeting provided a recap on site analysis and potential stabilization measures and provided attendees with an opportunity to discuss options and opportunities for how shoreline improvements may eventually look. Feedback on the options and design elements can be sent to the project manager, Jon Duesman

Subscribe to the project page to receive updates.

Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan
A Master Plan is needed to map management strategies befitting a river-adjacent, ecologically rich regional park with the potential to see two very different river futures based on the future of the lock and dam structures nearby on the Mississippi River. 

The gorge encompasses parkland flanking both the east and west banks of the Mississippi River between Bridge No. 9 and north edge of Minnehaha Regional Park.

The next Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting is scheduled Monday, June 18, 2018, 5:30-7:30 pm at Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Headquarters, 2117 West River Road. 

The fourth and fifth CAC meetings have also been scheduled: Monday, July 16, 2018 at Luxton Recreation Center and Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 at Hiawatha School Recreation Center. Both meetings are also 5:30-7:30 pm.


Subscribe to the project page to receive updates.

Minnehaha Creek Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan
Master Planning is underway for this regional trail. The trail encompases parkland along both sides Minnehaha Creek between Minnehaha Regional Park and the western city limit. A community survey is being conducted and can be found here.  

Subscribe to the project page to receive updates.

Phelps Park Improvements

Please join us to share ideas about the playground and splash pad!

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will be replacing the playground and wading pool at Phelps Park in 2018/2019! We would like your help and input in desiging the playground and splash pad. Kids are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be offered.

Please join us to provide your input:

Phelps Park Neighborhood Design Social: Sunday, June 24th, 7pm* Phelps Park (701 E 39th St)

*The Greatest Showman will be playing following this event at dusk as part of the Movies in the Park series.

For reasonable modification because of a disability or language interpretation please call Cindy Anderson at (612) 230-6472 (or the Minnesota Relay System at 711) or email planning@ in advance of the meeting so arrangements can be made prior to the meeting.

Subscribe to the project page to receive updates. 

The MPRB is conducting a system-wide needs assessment for our recreation centers and their programs called RecQuest.  As you've no doubt noticed, many of our recreation centers are in need of updating. This project is helping the MPRB discover the gaps between our current facilities and offerings as well as the recreation and programming needs of the community to ensure that investments are made responsibly. It also helps ensure that both rec centers and their programming keep pace with the changing demographics and recreation trends of Minneapolis residents. This assessment project gives you a chance to tell us what features and activities you want to see in your recreation centers.

Two important pieces to the project's success will be inclusive community engagement and a racial equity impact assessment, or looking at how racial and ethnic groups may be affected by any proposed decisions. The MPRB Community Outreach department is helping lead both of these essential efforts.

There is no preset agenda or outcome for this assessment, all recommendations will be determined only after the completion of a multi-faceted facilities assessment and in-depth community engagement process. This project will set the stage for the next 25-30 years of investment in recreation centers, most of which are 40-50 years old.

Keep abreast of this effort via RecQuest project page.


Ecological System Plan

Planning is underway for the Ecological System Plan for the Minneapolis Park system. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) are preparing this plan together. This plan will set a vision for making parks and public lands more friendly to the environment.

Specifically, the ecological system plan will:

  • Compile, create, and illustrate city-wide ecological data
  • Craft a vision for natural resources and public lands within the watershed and city
  • Outline guiding principles for management
  • Challenge the community to rethink the city around them – from the local neighborhood park to the Grand Rounds to backyards – in terms of ecological function, benefit, and health.
Draft Goals and Strategies have been developed to frame how MPRB can address environmental impacts and concerns in Minneapolis parks.  Your input is welcome!  Read through the Goals and Strategies and then complete a survey to share your response.

Subscribe to the project page to be notified of upcoming meetings.  Please take this survey to help the MPRB understand how you connect to nature in the city.



Bossen Field Park

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is excited to announce that the extensive renovation of Bossen Field Park is nearing completion. This project has impacted almost the entire park at some point over the last year and the MPRB appreciates park users’ patience while spaces are reshaped to fit the wide-ranging needs of the community according to the Bossen Field Park Master Plan.

The new playground, basketball court and open play field are all open. The two softball fields in the southern half of the park are open and the four softball fields in the northern half of the park will remain closed until 2018 to give the new turf sufficient time to establish strong roots.

The project page provides an opportunity to sign up for updates and to be notified of news related to the project.

Sibley Park Public Works Lift Station Construction
The City of Minneapolis Public Works department is doing repairs on a lift station located on their property adjacent to Sibley Park. Residents interested in additional information on this project should contact 311 or Council Memeber Johnson's office. 

Minnehaha Park Area Regional Sewer Improvements Project

The Metropolitan Council shared information with residents and businesses near Minnehaha Park at a public hearing on May 22 about a proposed sewer improvement project. Construction work, scheduled to begin in 2019, would rehabilitate an aging regional sanitary sewer tunnel under Minnehaha Creek, Hiawatha Avenue and the METRO Blue Line LRT along the north side of East Minnehaha Parkway. The information shared at that meeting included these handouts.

Project Page:

NPP20 (20 Year Neighborhood Park Plan)
Earlier this year, a new round of rehabilitation projects began at 33 neighborhood parks throughout the city. The focus is on the repair or replacement of aging, obsolete and non-functioning assets, ranging from exterior lighting and sidewalks to roofs and heating systems at park facilities.

For details on the scope of the projects and a list of the parks where work will take place, read the full news release on the MPRB website.

Commissioner Musich represents the fifth park district in the South East corner of Minneapolis.

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Broaden access to youth sports and environmental education.

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Commissioner Musich has a BA in English Literature from the University of Minnesota, and has worked in the banking industry for the past 16 years, six of them as a Corporate Accountant and for the past seven years in various capacities on an IT team.  Along with several other neighborhood residents, she started the Friends of Lake Nokomis, a non-profit stewardship and advocacy group that partners with local government agencies and other non-profits to protect, preserve and improve Lake Nokomis and its surrounding park.  She has also served the community as a University of Minnesota Master Gardener with Hennepin County.   

Special Interests 

The commissioner, along with her husband and son have converted the lawns of their urban lot just south of Lake Nokomis into a small farm with honeybees in a second story apiary, plum trees, a cider apple tree, lingonberry and blueberry bushes, grape vines, a vegetable plot and herb gardens.  To bring more pollinators to their gardens, established perennial beds have been slowly converted to house native plants, and turf has been over seeded with yarrow, marjoram, tickweed, ground plum, creeping thyme, calico aster and clover and a green roof prairie was incorporated into the rebuilding of their garage. Learn about Bee Lawns and Green Roofs

Avid cyclists, skiers, canoists, sailors and swimmers you can often find them cruising the trails, swimming or boating throughout the system. The commissioner's son participates in the MPRB's and MPS youth sports leagues bringing the family to park courses and athletic fields throughout the city for games. While recuperating from outdoor adventures, the commissioner can be found immersed in a book.

Current reading selection: The House By the River by Lena Manta.


Discover Your Next Park Adventure!

Each year, through generous donations from corporate sponsors and local musicians, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board puts on concerts and shows films throughout the summer season. This year, I've added all of the events occurring in or very near the 5th district to my Facebook events to make it easier for you to find something fun, and free to do that's close to home. So pack a picnic, pump up the tires on your bike and head to a park near you for some free and fun entertainment this summer!
Family Nature Club

Parks on Social Media

Lake Hiawatha Park
Minnehaha Park
Morris Park
Keewaydin Park
Hiawatha Golf Course
Elmer the Elm Tree

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