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Coronavirus Response

With changes to Governor Walz Excecutive Order, events of 250 people or less are now permitted in Minneapolis Parks, the beaches have reopened with limited lifeguard services, including at Lake Nokomis' Main Beach Saturday and Sunday from Noon-7pm, and Nokomis Parkway will be reopening to vehicular traffic on Monday June 29th.  

 Nearby Nature activities are being offered in Neighborhood parks at no cost and no registration is necessary. Just show up and be ready for fun, relaxation and inspiration! Rotating through parks every week or so, activities include the following:

  • Storybook Strolls
    Walk through a great story and a park at the same time, page by page.   
  • Natural Finds
    Learn orienteering on special courses designed for Minneapolis parks.  
  • Nature Quests
    Discover nature in the park through scavenger hunts, challenges, informational signs and more.  
  • Guided Experiences
    Nature-inspired yoga poses, forest-bathing techniques and other prompts help your mind, body and soul tune into a refreshing state of nature.  
  • Collaborative Nature Art
    Find and add natural objects to mandalas, collages, community collections and other artworks-in-progress in the park.

Where?

Check the Minneapolis Parks Neighborhood Naturalist page on Facebook for information on which parks the programs visit each week.
 

 Fun on the Run, bringing outdoor recreational games, sports, and other activities for youth to 12 neighborhood parks throughout the city, on a rotating schedule.

All youth and teens are welcome to come by between 1 pm and 4 pm for fun and games at a safe – and social! – distance. All activities are FREE (no registration is necessary) – see the list of activities below. 

MPRB staff sanitize equipment after each use and help ensure participants follow social distancing guidelines.

Fun on the Run games and activities include:

soccer drills
beanbag toss
badminton
football punt, pass and kick
jump rope
spike ball
agility challenges
fly ball
disc golf
lawn bowling
potato sack races
 

Fun on the run is for Youth and teens.  Mondays – Thursdays / June 15 to August 31 / 1 pm to 4 pm in 12 neighborhood parks throughout the city.

 
North Minneapolis

Creekview Park – Wednesdays
Folwell Park – Mondays
Farview Park – Tuesdays

Northeast/Southeast Minneapolis

Bottineau Park – Thursdays
Logan Park – Mondays
Windom NE Park – Wednesdays

South Minneapolis

Elliott Park – Mondays
Sibley Park – Thursdays
Stewart Park – Tuesdays

Southwest Minneapolis

Kenny Park – Wednesdays
Painter Park – Tuesdays
Pershing Park – Thursdays

Visit minneapolisparks.org/coronavirus for more information about the MPRB’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and sign up to receive email updates at minneapolisparks.org/subscribe by selecting “COVID-19” in the “News Updates” section.

Park spaces near water tend to be busier, now is a great time to visit a neighborhood park for your walk instead --find the neighborhood park closest to you at www.minneapolisparks.org/parks__destinations/parks__lakes/

Homelessness in the Parks

At our June 17th board meeting my colleagues passed a resolution responding to the large homeless encampment at Powderhorn Park and other smaller encampments throughout the city. This resolution was not published in advance of our meeting for public consumption, nor was it provided to all commissioners, in fact, I was unable to read it until after discussion of its adoption was underway. I objected to the language as it read to me as an invitation for all Minneapolis park land to be used as encampment space. 

During the discussion of this resolution and earlier in the meeting we were informed that Hennepin County and the state were telling us they did not have the resources to assist the park board in responding to these encampments by providing humane shelter to these individuals, nor could public safety be ensured if the Powderhorn encampment continued to grow. After listening to the experts, I saw inviting growth of encampments we already do not have the resources to respond to as irresponsible and inhumane.

As such, I could not support the resolution as written. There was not support for modifying it to not encourage establishment of additional encampments. I want to see individuals and families experiencing homelessness treated with compassion and dignity and do not see telling them to live in a park as either of those things. This crisis requires state intervention and assistance to be addressed in a way that does not deprive Minneapolis residents of their parks. Park board staff are not prepared nor equipped to deal with the homeless encampments that have begun popping up throughout the system. 

Since this resolution began being covered in the press I have received a lot of phone calls and emails from concerned and alarmed constituents wondering what impact this decision will have on public safety, access to park spaces for the general public and Minneapolis residents, and the park board's ability to provide maintenance and other services.  On Wednesday night when the resolution was adopted there was no formal commitment from non-profits that work with the homeless population in Minneapolis, nor from the county or state to assist in addressing this crisis in our parks and our community, nor had a plan been provided to address them utilizing park resources.  

I would ask that you share your thoughts on the resolution passed with your at large commissioners and also reach out to your county, and state representatives, including the governor, to ask that they help Minneapolis address the homelessness crisis in an expedient and humane fashion that treats all residents with respect and dignity. 
 
You can find Commissioner contact information here: https://www.minneapolisparks.org/about_us/leadership_and_structure/commissioners/
 
And other levels of representation contact info here: https://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/

Planning Projects

Master Planning for Hiawatha Golf Course Property


The Latest:  No new update at this time.

Draft Design of Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan is available online!

Video Presentation: https://youtu.be/VncJ5OMCpLA

Presentation Graphics and Narrative [PDF]

The project is now focused on one preferred plan after more than two years of community engagement, however, the draft design shared today is not final. There are several more steps and opportunities to weigh in throughout 2020 before the plan is complete.

Please read the updates posted under "Additional Information" in the attached link for detailed information on the Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan: Update

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

Minnehaha Creek Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan


The Latest:
Friday, June 19, 2020, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) published the draft Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan for a 45-day public comment period ending Aug. 3, 2020.
 
The master plan document is available on the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan project page and linked below. Comments will be accepted primarily online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the current closure of all MPRB recreation centers. Community members can share their thoughts through an online survey or by emailing or calling the project manager listed below.

Draft Master Plan

The Draft Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan is a written and graphic document intended to guide capital improvements in the regional trail area over the next 20-30 years. The master plan document is a direct reflection of the recommendations of an appointed Community Advisory Committee (CAC), which met 12 times between June 2018 and February 2020, and extensive additional community engagement.
 

1 – Planning Framework [PDF]

2 – Creek History, Background, and Evolution [PDF]

3 – Existing Conditions [PDF]

4 – Input and Community Engagement [PDF]

5 – Master Plan [PDF]

6 – Interpretive Plan [PDF]

7 – Implementation [PDF]

Comment via Online Survey

If you require printed materials, they can be mailed or delivered in a COVID-safe manner. Contact Project Manager Adam Arvidson at 612-230-6470 or aarvidson@minneapolisparks.org to make arrangements.

Plan Highlights

The plan addresses many concerns and ideas discussed by the CAC and community members during nearly two years of community engagement:

Ecology and Water Management

Ecological enhancement, flood mitigation and stormwater management are at the heart of the plan. At full implementation the plan would:
  • Add 1.7 miles to the creek's length within Minneapolis
  • Create numerous water-cleansing, habitat-enhancing wetlands and floodplain improvements
  • Turn the Lake Harriet tributary into an open, free flowing stream
  • Remove enough phosphorous to achieve City of Minneapolis and MPRB responsibility for phosphorous reduction in the Minnehaha Creek and Lake Hiawatha

Bike/Walk Safety

The plan envisions an improved environment for bicyclists and pedestrians while preserving continuous motorized vehicle traffic on the parkway road in both directions. Improvements are focused at key intersections:
  • Near Lynnhurst Park
  • 50th Street and Portland Avenue
  • Minnehaha Parkway and Bloomington Avenue
  • Minnehaha Parkway and Cedar Avenue

Recreation Improvements

Increased recreation opportunities are found throughout the plan:
  • New canoe/kayak launches (including ADA accessible options)
  • A new adventure play area under the Nicollet Avenue bridge
  • Bike skills and mountain bike parks near Bloomington Avenue and near 34th Avenue
  • A westward extension of bike and pedestrian trails from Lynnhurst Park to Morgan Avenue

Next Steps

  • The draft Master Plan public comment period is open until Aug. 3, 2020.
  • After the comment period closes, the Master Plan may be modified based on responses received during the comment period.
  • A public hearing on the Master Plan will be held at a regular meeting of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board of Commissioners, likely this fall.
  • The Master Plan will be considered for adoption by the Board of Commissioners 
  • After the plan is adopted, the MPRB will spend approximately $1 million in the corridor. Specific projects have not yet been determined.
About this Project:

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.

Subscribe to the project page to receive updates.
 

Parks for All: Comprehensive Planning

The Latest:  No new updates.

View Parks for All Project Page:
http://www.minneapolisparks.org/parksforall

What is next for Parks for All?
June-July 2020: The draft plan will be developed, written, and designed
August-September 2020: Draft plan goes out for 45-day public comment period for the public to provide feedback
Fall 2020: Plan is revised based on public comment period feedback
Winter 2020: Revised plan goes to MPRB Board of Commissioners for review and adoption

About this project:
The current comprehensive plan covered the period of 2007-2020, this plan will provide priorities and policy direction for the park system for the next decade. This press release provides an overview of the value this planning effort provides. There are a number of ways to engage with this project: 

Construction

Minnehaha Creek FEMA Repairs


Crews are repairing 10 sites on Minnehaha Creek in Minneapolis where sections of streambank and trails were eroded by high water in 2014. Seven of the sites are located downstream of Minnehaha Falls. The other three sites are east and west of I-35W.

FEMA granted an extension of the work through January 2020 as the remainder of restoration work at three sites below Minnehaha Falls is on hold due to high water flows in Minnehaha Creek. The few weeks of remaining work will resume after flows decrease enough to allow work to occur.

.This project is happening in conjunction with the MPRB's Minnehaha Parkway Trail master planning process. Please visit the project page for more information. 

Minnehaha Park Area Regional Sewer Improvements Project

Construction is expected to begin in September 2019 and be completed in summer 2021. A robust temporary conveyance system will be in place during construction to direct wastewater around the work site. Some impacts to park users and residents may include: lights, noise, nuisance odor release, tree removals, construction vehicle traffic and equipment parking, lane shifts and temporary Hiawatha Avenue intersection closures, parking restrictions on Minnehaha Parkway, and a bike trail closure.

Hiawatha Bicycle Trail Closure

A section of Hiawatha Bicycle Trail between the Minnehaha Creek Trail and Minnehaha Parkway will be closed throughout construction to accommodate temporary wastewater conveyance piping. Bicycle traffic will be detoured to Minnehaha Creek Trail, 34th Avenue and Minnehaha Parkway. Protected bike lanes with temporary bollards will be created on sections of 34th Avenue crossing Minnehaha Creek and along east- and westbound Minnehaha Parkway.

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

Lake Nokomis Shoreline Enhancements

The Latest: Erosion control and shoreline grading is nearing its end. Stormwater pipe replacement being done by the City Public Works Department is underway. 

About this Project:

A Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage grant is funding restoration of almost 4,800 linear feet of shoreline along north and northeastern shore of Lake Nokomis. This area of shoreline was selected due to increased erosion that has occurred along much of this area.

This project was identified as part of the 2015 Nokomis-Hiawatha Master Plan, which calls for increasing naturalized areas to improve water quality, stabilize shorelines and increase habitat. New native vegetation will extend from the shoreline to within four feet of the walking path.

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. 

This project has received regulatory approval. The United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) and the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) have completed review of the Lake Nokomis Shoreline Enhancements project. SHPO concluded the proposed improvements have no adverse effects to the Grand Rounds Historic District and USACE permitted the project for proposed bank stabilization measures.

Project Design

The proposed design uses three different planting zones along the shoreline. 

The Emergent Wetland Zone starts at the ordinary high-water level (OHWL) and extends into the lake. Once established, new aquatic plants will reduce wave energy to help reduce erosion. A temporary fence will be installed to help plants establish. 

The Shoreline Buffer Zone lies between the OHWL and wetland boundary. It will be planted with a seed mix that's compatible with shoreline environmental elements.

The Upland Buffer Zone starts at the wetland boundary and extends away from the lake until four feet from the paved trail. It will be planted with a seed mix that's compatible with upland environmental elements. The four-foot strip will be mowed grass. Another temporary fence will also protect new planting areas and connect to the emergent wetland fence.

A variety of access points will still remain so park users can still access the lake.

Questions about this project can be sent to the project manager, Jon Duesman

Subscribe to the project page to receive updates.

12th Street S Bridge Project

The city of Minneapolis is replacing the bridge decking on the 12th Street bridge over Minnehaha Creek. During construction please follow the posted detours, including the portage around the construction zone for those traveling down Minnehaha Creek. The repair is anticipated to be complete by this fall.

Questions about this project should be directed to:

Tracy Lindgren, 612 290-5898 or Tracy.Lindgren@minneapolismn.gov

 

28th Avenue S Bridge Replacement

THE BRIDGE AND TRAIL ARE OPEN! 

 

Phelps Park Improvements

A first phase of construction begins next month; all improvements are expected to be completed next year. 

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) recently approved a construction contract for a range of Phase 1 improvements at Phelps Park; construction is scheduled to begin in July. This project was put on hold last year, after construction bids that were submitted all exceeded the project's budget.

Phase 1 improvements

  • Removal of existing wading pool, play equipment and surfacing in the playground 
  • Installation of new playground equipment and play area surfacing
  • Installation of new path lighting
  • ADA accessibility improvements to paths and parking areas
  • Improvements to landscaping near the playground 
Phase 1 construction begins in July, with completion of the new playground and other phase 1 improvements expected in Fall 2020, barring delays due to weather, construction or COVID-19.

Phase 2 improvements 

  • Redesign and renovation of the athletic field in the south area of the park to improve drainage, turf quality and overall play quality
  • Design and construction of a new splash pad to replace the wading pool

Design for both the athletic field and splash pad is expected to be complete by Fall 2020, with construction planned to begin in Spring 2021. Athletic field improvements include funding from the Hennepin Youth Sports Program.  

Final Schematic Design Concept [PDF]

Questions about this project should be directed to the project manager : Jon Duesman,  jduesman@minneapolisparks.org.

Subscribe to the project page to receive updates. 
 

20 Year Neighborhood Park Plan (NPP20)

In 2016, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the City of Minneapolis approved ordinances to reverse years of underfunding in neighborhood parks. The 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan (NPP20) is a long-term initiative that will transform the neighborhood park system with the following measures:

  • Protect current levels of MPRB funding.
  • Dedicate an additional $11 million annually, through 2036, in NPP20 funds for increased maintenance, rehabilitation and capital investments in neighborhood parks.
  • Allocate NPP20 funds using a data-driven, criteria-based system to help address racial and economic equity.
Commissioner Musich represents the fifth park district in the South East corner of Minneapolis.

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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.

Enhance natural areas management to increase their ecological function.


Background 

Commissioner Musich has a BA in English Literature from the University of Minnesota, and has worked in the banking industry for the past 18 years, six of them as a Corporate Accountant and for the past nine 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 urban  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 Grandmother's Hands by Resmaa Menakem.  Resmaa has been working with the park board on issues of race and employee training for several years, his book on healing the traumas of racism is an essential read as Minneapolitans take steps to change the systems that help keep our city functioning.


 

Discover Your Next Park Adventure!

Recreation Fee Assistance

Minneapolis residents who cannot afford instructional fees because of economic need may apply for fee assistance through the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Fee Assistance Program.
 
Questions? Contact your local recreation center (Recreation Center List) or the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board information line at 612-230-6400 or info@minneapolisparks.org


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. I add 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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