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Hale, Page and Diamond Lake's 2nd Annual Brew N Stew celebrates the art community in the City of Minneapolis. Live music from local bands each hour, local beer and food trucks and local artists selling their original works. Also, there are plenty of things to do for the kids like watching rabbits perform on an agility course, inflatables, art projects and much more.
The event is calling Todd Park home this year and runs from 11am to 8pm. 

Public Hearing on Phelps Park Improvements

When: October 3, 2018 at 6:30 pm 
Where: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Headquarters,
 Board Room (second floor), 2117 West River Rd. N., Minneapolis
Note: To speak at the hearing you need to sign up beforehand. You can either: 
Call 612-230-6400 before 3 p.m. the day of the hearing
or
Add your name to the sign-up sheet at the front of the Board Room before the hearing begins at 6:30 pm.

Morris Fall Festival


Join us for a fall-tastic family event on September 29th from 12-2pm! We will have a variety of activities such as building/flying kites, giant yard games, and music. We will also have an activity by the Minneapolis Park Board Naturalists. There will also be food for sale (chili, chips, hot cider, hot cocoa, water). We will also have a fire pit and s'mores making!

October 1st Session
October 2nd Session

Planning Projects
 

Community Engagement Policy

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is updating its Community Engagement Policy.  The policy guides MPRB’s community engagement processes and practices, and your input will help shape an updated policy.

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.

MPRB staff spent months reflecting on experiences, having conversations with park users, researching best practices around the nation, and learning from local and national thought leaders and community stakeholders to develop a draft update to the MPRB Community Engagement Policy.

The policy guides MPRB’s community engagement processes and practices, and public input will continue to shape how the MPRB uses feedback from the public to influence park projects, programming and care. Click the link below to view the current policy and a draft of the new policy:

Current MPRB Community Engagement Policy

Draft Community Engagement Policy

After reviewing the draft, please take a few minutes to fill out the online survey linked below. Survey responses will be accepted until Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018.

Draft Community Engagement Policy Survey

Share the survey using the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mprbcepolicy

Please also keep an eye out for an interactive exhibit in MPRB recreation centers this fall. 

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. The next CAC meeting is being scheduled and notice will go out via gov delivery when the details are available. 

 

The third Community Advisory Committee meeting for the Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan is scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, 6-8 pm at Pearl Recreation Center, 414 E. Diamond Lake Road.

At the meeting, the CAC and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board staff will begin establishing a vision for the golf course property. A vision is a unique, high-level, singular statement that captures a community’s intent for a given area of parkland. It's usually one sentence long.  

Establishing a vision at the beginning of the master planning process allows for every subsequent decision to flow through and be filtered by the vision so that it meets the intent of the community. It should be an exciting meeting and get everyone moving on a solid path forward! 

All CAC meetings are public and anyone interested in the creation of a long-term plan for the Hiawatha Golf Course Property is welcome to attend.

Previous Action

At the July 25, 2018 Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) of Commisioners meeting, commissioners approved a modified Resolution 2018-230 after the Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan CAC requested clarification on the parameters of the new master plan for the property.

After a lengthy public testimony period and board debate, commissioners voted 6-2 to approve the modified version of Resolution 2018-230. The modified resolution directs the CAC to only consider a reduced pumping scenario and bring forward a solution that includes, at a minimum, a flood-resilient and ecologically-driven nine-hole configuration for a golf course on the property.

The modified Resolution 2018-230 also included Board direction to the CAC to reflect in the master plan appropriate methods of recognizing the role of Hiawatha Golf Course and the history of black golfers in the Minneapolis park system.

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.

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 draft framework concepts and diagrams were shared with the CAC at their last meeting and are available on the project page for review and comment. Feedback can be submitted via survey.


 

CAC Meeting #7 will be held Monday November 5th, 2018 fro 5:30-7:30pm at MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road.

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 encompasses parkland along both sides Minnehaha Creek between Minnehaha Regional Park and the western city limit.

There are two ways to share your opinions on Minnehaha Creek and the trails and parkland lining the creek online:

 The third Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting is scheduled Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, 6-8 pm, also at Lynnhurst Recreation Center. This meeting will be a workshop-style event for CAC members and the general public to begin setting a vision for the creek corridor as a whole and identifying design principles for specific areas of improvement. 

Subscribe to the project page to receive updates.


Phelps Park Improvements

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will be replacing the playground and wading pool at Phelps Park in 2018/2019! Thank you to all who have participated in the Community input process by sharing your thoughts and opinions on the future of Phelps Park. The schematic drawings below reflect the comments and preferences shared by park users and neighbors including the Boys and Girls Club, neighboring childcare centers, neighborhood residents and community organizers.

Final Schematic Design Concept [PDF]

There is a link to an online survey below.  Please share your opinions through the survey below:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M89ZCGZ  or contact the design project manager directly: Kelly Wilcox, kwilcox@minneapolisparks.org.

Additionally, a public hearing for the proposed Improvements to Phelps Park will be held on October 3, 2018 at 6:45 pm in the Board Room of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Headquarters, 2117 West River Road North, Minneapolis. Individuals who would like to speak at the public meeting about the project can sign up to speak at the meeting before 6:45 pm on the day of the public hearing.

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.

The community advisory committee will be making recommendations to the board during the month of July.

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

A sweeping overhaul of Bossen Field Park began in 2016. Last fall, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and Bossen Field Park users celebrated a number a new and upgraded park amenities: 

  • Six new softball fields realigned in a safer layout
  • New playground
  • New full-size basketball court
  • New pathways and parking
  • Two new open play fields

Park Building Upgrades

The park improvements will continue this fall when the existing park building is renovated thanks to rehabilitation funds allocated through the 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan (NPP20). Building improvements include:

  • Repairs to the damaged building exterior
  • Bathroom upgrades
  • New single-use ADA-compliant bathroom
  • Building lighting upgrades
  • New door security hardware

The water line to the building, which supplies water for the wading pool and bathrooms, is also scheduled to be replaced. The deteriorating condition of the pipe requires full replacement, despite multiple repairs in recent years.

The MPRB appreciates the public’s patience while the second phase of this project is completed. Work on the building is expected to begin in August and wrap up this fall. We ask that you please stay away from areas under construction.

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: https://metrocouncil.org/sewerconstruction/minnehaha


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 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: My Own Devices by Dessa. One of my local hero's wrote a book, and it is fantastic. 


 

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

Help Minneapolis Parks Flourish

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