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Happening in A Park Near You

Frost Fest

This annual tradition in the HPDL Neighborhood celebrates winter in MN. With fun outdoor events like sledding, ice skating, a winter obstacle course, Smores, and a snow art contest you're sure to have a blast with family. Inside there will be food, kid's games, a Kid's Dance DJ, door prizes and more. Many thanks to the HPDL Neighborhood Association for sponsoring this event. 

Fire and Ice Festival
Join the Longfellow neighborhood for the Annual Fire & Ice Festival!! Grab your mittens and hat for this outdoor celebration. Enjoy a MN night ice skating with family and friends. There will be complimentary hot chocolate, a fire to warm yourself by and roast marshmallows and a few more fun family activities. Food will be available - prices will vary. The event is held at the Longfellow Recreation Center on Friday January 18th from 6-8pm.

Art Sled Rally

The annual Art Sled Rally at Powderhorn Park is a public art spectacle put on by the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association and the South Sixteenth high Jinks. You've still got time to submit your waiver, build a sled and strap on your helmet for this fabulous winter event. Its held no matter the weather on January 26th from 2-4pm on the western slopes of Powderhorn Park.

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Celebrations of the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are being held at several locations this coming Monday:
11 am-2 pm: Powderhorn Recreation Center
3-4:30 pm: Central Gym
6:30-7:30 pm: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center

US Pond Hockey Championships

It's a glorious winter for skating! The annual US Pond Hockey Championships bring players and spectators from all over the globe to the frozen waters of Lake Nokomis. Rinks are being set up as I type, and conditions over the next week are essentially going to be perfect. Games start with youth night on the 24th and continue through the late afternoon of 27th. Parking can be a challenge, so carpool, walk, or skate on over to the rinks if possible. Avoid areas where there are stormwater outfalls or open water, as ice can be unstable in these areas. Visit this page about ice safety from the DNR for more information about staying safe on the ice.

Winter Operations

When snow conditions allow, Hiawatha Golf Course's ski trails are groomed. Trail maps and building hours can be found on our partner The Loppet Foundation's website

Ready to lace on your skates or borrow a pair of ours*? Before you head out, check the online rink status document for the most up-to-date information. https://tinyurl.com/ya5wuju9

*Community skate availability varies. Contact your recreation center for more information.
 


The Superintendent's annual report is now available for your reading pleasure.

Planning Projects

Master Planning for Hiawatha Golf Course Property


The Latest:

A focus session on Dakota and Indigenous People's History was held on January 9th. It was an excellent start to a much longer conversation between Dakota Minneapolitans and their relatives of different heritages. A follow up session to continue that dialog is being scheduled and notice will be sent out to project subscribers via gov delivery, and if timing allows, this newsletter. 

The project design team is working on initial draft designs for the space to be discussed with the CAC at their next meeting in February. After that meeting, all focus groups will be reconvened to discuss the draft concepts. 

About this Project:

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 is 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 for February, to share initial draft design concepts and notice will go out via gov delivery when the details are available. The materials shared with the CAC and attending members of the public at the December CAC meeting will be available on the project page early next week.

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

The Latest: No new updates at this time.

About this Project:
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.

Project still requires regulatory approval
Work expected to be performed in 2019

The Lake Nokomis Shoreline Enhancements project is still working its way through an extensive permitting process and work is expected to take place in 2019. An update on the permitting process and project design is below.

Permitting Update

Development of construction drawings is nearly complete. However, Lake Nokomis is a contributing property to the Grand Rounds Historic District, which requires the project to go through a Section 106 permit process that accounts for any effects on the historic nature of the Grand Rounds.

First, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will review the project, then it will send the plans to the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

The proposed project creates a natural shoreline edge instead of the hard edge the old Works Progress Administration (WPA)-era retaining walls created around the lake. This project only affects areas where these walls never existed or deteriorated and collapsed long ago, so the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board believes the proposed design has no adverse effect on historic properties and will meet the required standards. 

Approval by USACE and SHPO and completion of construction design documents are all expected by the end of 2018. The project is expected to be bid and built in 2019.

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 user 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.
 

Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan

The Latest:
The 90 day comment period for the draft plan begins on January 25th. Notice of the comment period, along with online survey will be sent out via gov delivery to subscribers to the project page. 

About this Project:
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.


 

MPRB staff is aware of community concern regarding the potential of mountain biking in the gorge. This concern will be addressed at the meeting, when natural surface trails and draft frameworks are discussed. Please note that all frameworks currently reflect and support the current use of natural surface trails within the Mississippi Gorge Regional Park, which are pedestrian-only trails.

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Minnehaha Creek Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan




The Latest: No new updates at this time.

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.

Over the winter, the project design team will review all feedback received from public meetings, events, and online comments, and create draft concept drawings showing potential improvements along the trail. A published version of the Community Engagement Summary can be found on the project page under "Key Documents."

The concept drawings will be published for public review and discussion in early 2019, then those concepts will be refined after park users have a chance to weigh in on the initial designs.

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RecQuest Needs Assessment

The Latest: No new updates at this time.

About this Project:
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 made recommendations to the board during the month of July: 

The four recommended programming priorities are: 

Active Older Adults
Youth Development
Access to Equitable Athletics
Equitable School-Age Educational Programs

Keep abreast of this effort via RecQuest project page.


 

Ecological System Plan


The Latest: No new updates at this time.

About this Project:
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.
 

Minnehaha Creek FEMA Repairs


At their October 25, 2018 meeting, the MCWD Board of Managers awarded a construction contract of $163,844 to Sunram Construction, Inc. of Corcoran, MN to complete flood repairs along Minnehaha Creek at 9 sites in Minneapolis. The repair work will begin this fall and is expected to continue through summer 2019.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


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

 

 

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.

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 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.The board of commissioners approved the design plan and construction will begin in Spring of 2019.

Final Schematic Design Concept [PDF]

Questions about this project should be directed to the project manager : Kelly Wilcox, kwilcox@minneapolisparks.org.

Subscribe to the project page to receive updates. 

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.

In this issue!

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: is Moving Boarders, a treatise on the changing landscape of youth sports and how communities have influenced the evolution of the perception of the sport. Its been an educational read. If you're interested in a shorter summary of the material in the book this article is a good place to start.


 

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. 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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