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Open Houses for Minnehaha Creek Planning

Learn about upcoming and ongoing projects affecting the creek and share your ideas!

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB), City of Minneapolis and Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) are excited to announce two upcoming public open houses scheduled April 12 and April 17. These informal events are designed to begin conversations about four projects that will study, plan and improve Minnehaha Creek and surrounding public space in Southwest Minneapolis.

The open houses will be held Thursday, April 12, 6-8 pm at Lake Nokomis Community Center, 2401 E Minnehaha Parkway, and Tuesday April 17, 6-8 pm at Lynnhurst Recreation Center, 1345 W Minnehaha Parkway.

The meetings will be identical and no formal presentations are planned. Everyone is invited to drop in any time between 6 pm and 8 pm.

The open houses will feature several projects affecting Minnehaha Creek:

A new Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan, led by MPRB

Minnehaha Creek FEMA Flood Repairs, led by MCWD 

The Southwest Harriet Flood Study, led by City of Minneapolis

Southwest Service Area Master Plan, led by MPRB

Minnehaha Creek Open House #1
Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: Lake Nokomis Community Center
Address: 2401 E Minnehaha Parkway
Topic: Learn about and give feedback on four upcoming/ongoing projects affecting Minnehaha Creek

Minnehaha Creek Open House #2
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: Lynnhurst Recreation Center
Address: 1345 W Minnehaha Parkway
Topic: Learn about and give feedback on four upcoming/ongoing projects affecting Minnehaha Creek


Velvet Long Horned Beetle MDA & USDA Monitoring Trap Collaboration


As a continuation of the MPRB's longstanding partnership with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), the Forestry division has worked to have velvet longhorned beetle (VLB) monitoring traps placed at Kenny Park, Diamond Lake, Lake Nokomis, and Edward C. Solomon Park in the coming weeks.  The traps are constructed with a series of stacked funnels that use scented lures to attract the insects (Photo Above). Early detection of invasive insects allows the MDA to determine what if any control measures should be promptly considered.   

VLB is an exotic species that has the potential to become a pest in Minnesota. Regulatory actions including restricting the movement of host material, control actions or eradication could be taken in response to an infestation.  In 2016 the MDA discovered that rustic log furniture manufactured in China and sold in Minnesota was infested with the VLB. The MDA along with the USDA and other State Departments of Agriculture are working with the furniture seller to recover and destroy all infested furniture.

Preferred hosts of the VLB are reported to be apple (Malus) and mulberry (Morus). This beetle has also been recovered from maple (Acer) in Canada and is attacking living cherry and peach trees in Utah (Prunus). The host range appears to be broad and not enough is known about this insect to know what hosts are at greatest risk in Minnesota. Since this insect seems to have a particular ability to complete development under dry wood conditions the range of potential hosts may include dry cut wood with bark as well as recently cut logs and living trees.

More information: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/plants/insects/clhbeetle.aspx

Adult Yard Games League

Our Adult Yard Games League is a fun "competitive" league for teams of two players. Games include Bags, Kan Jam, Ladder Golf, Bocce Ball, Kubb (Pictured- Arbor Day XL Chainsaw Kubb XL Set in use)  and Horseshoes. Each team will play four games per week in a round robin format. Grab a friend and sign up for this fun adult league! Starts April 17th at Morris Park. 

Now Hiring Lifeguards!

Lifeguarding positions throughout the system are available for summer employment. Lifeguard certification is required. To help ensure strong swimmers aged 15 or better have the opportunity to qualify for these positions, the MPRB is offering certification training (scholarships available) on the following dates:

Friday April 6th - 8th

Additional training will be held later in the Spring. When dates are available I will share them on social media as well as through my newsletter. Additionally the MPRB has a reimbursement program that reimburses the cost of the training back to participants at the end of the summer season if the candidate passes the class, was hired as a lifeguard, and works for 32 + hours a week through the summer season.   

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: https://www.minneapolisparks.org/_asset/20rp8c/community_engagement_policy.pdf

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.


Nokomis-Hiawatha 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. Eventually, the site will be 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 will also be 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.

A request for proposals for a master planning consultant has been released. That consultant will be responsible for conducting assessments of the site, framing possible evolutions of the golf course property that recognize water management and use, estimating costs of various possible directions (implementation and operating costs), and, eventually, developing a preferred direction as the master plan. The consultant will not be under contract until mid-April. Before then, MPRB staff intends to engage the CAC in meetings directed to understanding the CAC and master planning process, and to reviewing information that has been gathered previously.

Second CAC Meeting is scheduled to be held on Monday, April 30th from 6:30-8pm. Location TBD.
Third CAC Meeting is scheduled to be held on Thursday, May 30th from 6:30-8pm. Location TBD. 

CAC meetings are open to the public, and formal meeting notices will be sent out by email.  We’d like the general public to hear and see what the CAC members hear and see during this introductory meeting, and to see how a structured CAC process works. 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.

2015 Nokomis Hiawatha Regional Park Master Plan: https://www.minneapolisparks.org/_asset/1dg1fv/nok_hia_masterplan.pdf

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: www.surveymonkey.com/r/NokomisShoreline

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.

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.

Construction

 

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. 


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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Commissioner Musich sends out newsletters about what's happening in the fifth park district periodically.  Previous newsletters can be found here.


Goals

Communicate with residents about what's happening in the district. Suggest your neighbors subscribe to this newsletter! Subscription page: http://eepurl.com/QZ_-9

Broaden access to youth sports and environmental education.

Utilize a systemic approach to capital improvements and planning processes to ensure that investments being made build on system wide goals and are done equitably.


Background 

Commissioner Musich has a BA in English Literature from the University of Minnesota, and has worked in the banking industry for the past 15 years, six of them as a Corporate Accountant and for the past six 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, Emily St. John Mandel's Station 11. An intimate look into the lives of individuals tied together via relationships with an actor in a world ultimately stripped of humanity by a pandemic. . . or is it? 


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