New wading pool coming to Logan Park

Logan Park’s existing wading pool will close as of July 30, so that the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) can begin a reconstruction project approved by the board in May. The new pool is expected to be complete in time for the opening of the pool season on Memorial Day weekend in 2019.

The project includes a mechanical building to be constructed near the pool, an option selected to preserve a large elm tree valued by the community. In addition, the Logan Park Neighborhood Association has generously donated funds to add water features to the new pool.

Roof replacement project update

Meanwhile, the bidding process to replace the recreation center roof was unsuccessful. MPRB staff are revising the project scope and expect to release it for bidding later this summer.

Stay tuned for updates as both projects proceed.

Louis Peters
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Letter of Introduction from Popol Vuh

Hello Logan Park Neighborhood!

My name is Jami Olson and I am one of the owners and the General Manager of Popol Vuh and Centro, a new restaurant opening in your neighborhood soon. We are located on the corner of Quincy Street and 15th Ave, directly across from Indeed Brewery. You maybe have been wondering what’s been going on with the building on that corner as we have been working on this project for over a year now. I apologize to keep you waiting and guessing for so long. We are excited to announce we are very close to having our doors open for you.

Popol Vuh and Centro is a dual Mexican restaurant and we are absolutely thrilled to be part of your neighborhood and community. Centro, opening the end of June, is our lively, fun, fast casual restaurant. It’s definitely the energy of the two concepts. We will have a takeout
window in the back and hope to offer delivery to the neighborhood in the near future. It’s
counter-service with a full-service bar and a dog friendly patio. We will serve up Mexican street food at a friendly price. Tacos, churros, a raw bar, margaritas on tap, and a guava mezcal slushy are just a few of the menu items we’re excited to offer. We will have vinyl spinning on the record player and soccer on the televisions. Ask about our bunny mural on the wall when you stop in.

Popol Vuh is our refined concept opening the end of July. Chef/owner Jose Alarcon has come up with a menu unlike anything you’ve experienced before in the city. Jose is from the state of Morelos in Mexico and his fresh, authentic, wood fired cooking will be the focus of the restaurant. We will also have a wine list featuring wines from around the world and finely crafted cocktails.

We are very appreciative to be in such a wonderful area and we are looking forward to meeting you all. Popol Vuh and Centro is an independently ran restaurant led by a group of talented individuals who share a passion for food and community. Being friendly neighbors and maintaining a positive presence in the neighborhood is priority to all of us at Popol Vuh and Centro.

We look forward to seeing you very soon.
Jami Olson
Owner Popol Vuh & Centro

Hours of operation:
Sunday-Thursday 11am-midnight
Friday & Saturday 11am-1am

Popol Vuh
Sunday-Thursday 5pm-10pm
Friday & Saturday 5pm-11pm

Juneteenth – Celebrating Freedom Day returns to Bethune Park

Community-led event features a parade, award-winning performers, great local food and a return to the site of the first Freedom Day celebration in Minneapolis!

Join us for Juneteenth – Celebrating Freedom Day on Saturday, June 16, at Bethune Park in North Minneapolis.

The all-day celebration kicks off with a parade for everyone to join or watch, led by grand marshal Walter “Q-Bear” Banks of KMOJ. It begins at 9:45 am, heading south from the Minneapolis Public Schools parking lot (at North Girard and 21st avenues) to Bethune Park.

From 11 am to 6 pm, enjoy great live local music, dance and other entertainment at the park, along with youth activities, a historical sharing area, and merchandise and food for purchase. Event details, a stage schedule and volunteer opportunities are available

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the Juneteenth Legacy Committee host this day-long, community-led celebration. Bethune Park is the site of the first Freedom Day celebration in Minneapolis, led by two of its original founders, Michael Chaney and Spike Moss.

On stage, Juneteenth includes:

  • Music from Grammy Award winner Sounds of Blackness, Billboard Gospel Chart topper Jovonta Patton and Minnesota music legend Cornbread Harris
  • Performers Bernice Gregory, Libation, Jamela Pettiford, Kueen T, LaKame, Casual Confusion and DJ Dime
  • Storyteller Nothando Zulu
  • Performance of the play “The Trial of Willie Lynch the 5th and His Ancestors”

Youth activities range from a bungee trampoline and bounce house to a bike rodeo (kids should bring their bikes and helmets), double Dutch and much more.

More than three dozen vendors include eight food stands offering African fusion, collard green wraps, bean pies, ribs, tamales, tacos, hot dogs, ice cream and mini donuts.

Don’t miss this family-friendly celebration!  

About Juneteenth

Also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. It is one of two freedom celebrations held throughout the United States; the Fourth of July is the other.

Juneteenth Sponsors & Donors

The event organizers – Juneteenth Celebrating Freedom Day Legacy Committee, MPRB, Phyllis Wheatley and People of Color Union Members (P.O.C.U.M.) – thank our sponsors and donors for their support:


MN Council on African Heritage
City of Minneapolis
Insight News
North News


Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation AFL-CIO
Teamsters Local Union NO. 120

City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program newsletter

Welcome to the City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program newsletter. Here you will find information on program and partner related news and updates, opportunities, events, and special announcements.

Sign up for the Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program newsletter at

City of Minneapolis process for Our Town partnership applications

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places – achieving these community goals through strategies that incorporate arts, culture, and/or design.

NEA Our Town Arts Place-Based Projects require two primary partners; a nonprofit organization and a local government entity. One of these two primary partners must be a cultural (arts or design) organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000.

Each local government — whether applying as the lead applicant or as the primary partner with a nonprofit organization — is limited to two (2) applications. Based on the NEA guidelines, the City of Minneapolis will select up to two (2) projects to apply for/partner with.

Deadline for the City of Minneapolis process: July 10, 2018
E-mail your proposal to Sonya Lewis by 11:59 p.m. on July 10, 2018.


Need help connecting with a City department to prepare a proposal for an application? Contact Gulgun Kayim, Director, Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program, City of Minneapolis.

Visit the Arts, Culture and Creative Economy website for the complete description of the City’s process to select partnership applications.


Northern Spark Friday, June 15 – Saturday, June 169:02 p.m. – 2 a.m.


This year Northern Spark is all weekend in downtown Minneapolis. Come for 1 (night) or come for all!

Since 2011 we have collaborated with nearly 295 organizations and presented the work of over 1900 artists to make Northern Spark happen.

In 2018 we are experimenting with a new model: a two-night festival that runs from sunset to 2ameach night. This shift is both experimental and practical. After the historic rains on festival night in 2014 and several subsequent years of barely dodging thunderstorms, the two-night model creates a built-in rain date. Two nights also gives more opportunity for audiences to fully experience the magic and connection of Northern Spark.

FLOW Northside Arts Crawl: July 26-28, 2018


Since 2006, FLOW Northside Arts Crawl has become both a community celebration and premier art event in North Minneapolis. FLOW is a non-juried, self-guided tour of studios, galleries, theaters, commercial and vacant spaces over a mile and half of the West Broadway corridor. From b-boys to ballet, graffiti to graphite, rap to rhapsody, fine artist to artisan, practicing to professional, FLOW showcases the great art being made every day on the Northside. FLOW is a program of the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition.

FLOW Northside Arts Crawl: a three-day celebration of the arts in North Minneapolis, July 26-28, 2018.

Loring Park Art Festival: July 28 and 29

Since 2000, Loring Park Art Festival has combined creative expression and community connectedness to surprise and delight all who attend. With beautiful ponds and formal gardens, Loring Park makes an idyllic spot to celebrate art, music, food and entertainment for two days each summer in downtown Minneapolis.

The event features 140 visual artists selling original work.

July 28-29, 2018, Saturday 10am-6pm & Sunday 10am-5pm.


For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact

Gulgun Kayim
Director, Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program

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


How – and why – a veritable rainbow of tree types
has developed along Minneapolis streets.

elm tree in neighborhood

A lone elm at Spring and Quincy streets in Northeast Minneapolis in 1976 (image courtesy Hennpin County Library)

Magnificent monoculture: the reign of the elm

Did you know that elms once counted for more than nine of 10 street trees in the Twin Cities? It’s easy to understand elm appeal: streets lined with these trees, their branches arched high overhead, have been compared to cathedrals: sun-dappled green in summer; snow-frosted in winter.

Elms also offered considerable environmental benefits by virtue of their sheer size, a situation that became all too apparent in the aftermath of Dutch elm disease (DED). More than 400,000 elms resided in Minneapolis in 1963, when the first of them succumbed to the disease; more than half of those were public trees. The almost-total devastation unfolded over a couple of decades: In 1977 alone, some 31,475 public elms were tagged for removal because of DED.

1978 plan cover




Designed diversity: the Minneapolis Boulevard Reforestation Plan

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB), historic steward of the city’s street trees, was planting replacement trees by 1970. Its 1978 Minneapolis Boulevard Reforestation Plan provided neighborhood-based designs with several dozen tree types (species and cultivars) to replace lost elms. As most neighborhoods offered a virtually blank slate, the plan preserved the elm era’s consistent design aesthetic: A single type lined stretches of a neighborhood for five, 10 or even 15 blocks. Various types of ash, linden, honeylocust and maple tree categories (or genera) were the most popular, together making up over 70% of the street trees in the plan.

This system of “designed diversity” carried Minneapolis into the 21st century, long enough for these trees to reach maturity. In 2009, the emerald ash borer (EAB) arrived in St. Paul, just seven years after its discovery in Michigan. EAB has caused far less devastation than DED (which took some four decades to reach the Twin Cities); still, the rapid infestation helped prompt a whole new approach tobuilding a better urban forest.

2004 - 2018 tree diversity

Prescribed diversity: the right tree for the right spot

MPRB’s current street-tree diversity guidelines differ dramatically from its 1978 reforestation plan. Thanks to the digital revolution, GIS mapping, advancements in urban forestry and its own ongoing trials, MPRB “prescribes” diversity based on a wide range of measurements, data and science-based decisions.

In addition to increasing the tree canopy by planting the largest-maturing trees possible, the guidelines aim to develop diversity on three levels:

Citywide: The next generational leap in diversity means selecting hundreds of tree types from dozens of categories: oak, elm, locust, linden and more. Besides making for more colorful tree category charts, this wider range creates resilience against the next disease or invasive pest that may target a whole category.

Neighborhood: Ten percent is the neighborhood limit for any tree category. This means for the most part that MPRB is not planting maples, which make up 30% of the trees in some areas. On the flip side, look for more coffeetrees, catalpas, birch and other categories that have less than a 10% presence in any given neighborhood. (Many of 2018’s most-planted species were profiled in the last tree-planting update.)

Block-by-block: At least three to five different tree categories are prescribed for an individual city block, which prevents a disease or pest from totally wiping out a large swath of trees.

The bright side of blight: We might mourn those areas that lost stretches of exclusive, mature ash trees from the late ‘70s and ‘80s – just as the giant elms that preceded them were mourned by previous generations. But looking on the bright side, these places are also at the forefront of MPRB’s efforts to develop a healthy urban forest for the next century.

Next update: Reporting on 2018’s new trees

For the season’s final update, we’ll share figures related to the trees planted and examples of places where the new, resilient urban forest is taking hold.

In the meantime:

Space still available for the FREE Jeff Robinson/MN Vikings football camp!

Week-long camp runs June 18-June 22

Spots are still available for the free Jeff Robinson/Minnesota Vikings football camp!

Vikings Scout Jeff Robinson and local high school and college coaches teach non-contact drills covering throwing, catching, footwork and 7-on-7 skills. Details:

Monday, June 18-Friday, June 22
Parade Stadium
Ages 8-13: 8:30-10:30 am
Ages 14-18: 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Camp is completely free, including a meal each day and t-shirt for all participants. Click the link below to register:

Football Camp Registration

Ward 1 June Newsletter

Meet with Your Council Member

Contact the Ward Office at 612-673-2201 or to set up an appointment. You can also meet with Kevin at one of his monthly constituent meet & greets. Here’s the June schedule:

Thursday, June 7, 8 – 9 a.m., Diamonds Coffee, 1618 Central Avenue NE

Wednesday, June 20, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Bauhaus  Brew Lab, 1315 Tyler Street NE

Ward 1 Community Forum: Minneapolis’ Comprehensive Plan

All municipalities in the Twin Cities are required to provide the Metropolitan Council with an updated Comprehensive Plan every ten years. Toward that end, the City of Minneapolis has been working on an update to the Minneapolis Plan for the past two years. We now have a draft Comprehensive Plan – Minneapolis 2040 – that envisions how the city will grow and change. The draft covers such topics as the built environment, job access, housing, and transportation connections. Council Member Reich will be hosting a Ward One forum to present highlights of the plan and offer another opportunity for community members to participate in the citizen engagement process, ask questions and offer input.

Thursday, June 14, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Northeast Library, 2200 Central Avenue NE

Your City, Your Streets: 2017 Public Works Progress Report

The Public Works 2017 progress report presented at the May 15 Transportation & Public Works Committee meeting provided details on the City’s investment in its street network. Last year the City completed 25 miles of street resurfacing, 5 miles of concrete street rehabilitation and 5 miles of street reconstruction. These numbers include the 18th Avenue NE project which is reconstructing the street and adding a bike/pedestrian path and enhanced ADA infrastructure, as well as the first-of-its-kind concrete rehabilitation project in the Waite Park Neighborhood.

Other highlights included infrastructure improvements to increase the pedestrian safety and walkability of our city:

  • 12 miles of improved pedestrian realm, including sidewalks & boulevards
  • 3700 parallel crosswalks converted to more visible zebra crosswalks
  • 388 pedestrian ramps installed
  • 160 curb extensions constructed

Bicycle infrastructure also saw expansions and improvements:

  • 14.5 miles of new bicycle facilities installed
  • 7.4 miles of on-street bicycle lanes
  • 4.5 miles of protected bicycle lanes
  • 2.4 miles of bicycle boulevards

To read the full presentation, visit–2017%20Report%20Card_TPW.pdf.

Washington St NE Bumpouts

NE Arts District Forum: Tuesday, June 12

The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, Northeast Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce and the Ritz Theater will host a forum with elected officials on Tuesday, June 12. This forum is a follow up to last fall’s forum and will feature a panel that includes Council Members Kevin Reich and Steve Fletcher and Mayor Jacob Frey. As part of the forum, the Northeast Arts District and the Northeast Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce will present the data from the recent survey of artists in the arts community. The survey was intended to provide a snapshot of the arts community and how it interacts with the larger Northeast community. All are invited to attend:

Tuesday, June 12, Ritz Theater, 345 13th Avenue NE

Door open at 6 p.m., forum starts at 6:30 p.m.

An after party at Rogue Buddha Gallery next door begins immediately following the conclusion of the one hour forum.

Volunteer to Help Seniors with Outdoor Chores

Looking for a group activity for your family, organization or business? Senior Community Services’ HOME Program is looking for group volunteers to help seniors with outdoor chores. Have fun and build team spirit while helping older adults in your own community stay in their homes. For more information, contact Cat at or call 952-767-7894.

Upcoming events in Minneapolis Parks: June 1-17

Wednesday, June 6

Ice Cream Social

Free I All Ages

Fuller Park | 5:30-7:30 pm
No regsitration required. More Info

Wednesday, June 6

Family Futsal Night

Free I All Ages
Whittier Park | 6-8 pm
No registration required. More Info

Friday, June 8

National Get Outdoors Day

Free I All Ages

Powderhorn Park | 4-8 pm
No registration required. More Info

Friday, June 8

Ice Cream Social/Movie in the Park

Free I All Ages

Keewaydin Park | Social 6-8:30 pm / Movie “Wonder” begins at dusk
No registration required. More Info

Saturday, June 9

Loring Park Music Festival

Free | All Ages
Loring Park | 1-8 pm

No registration required. More Info

Tuesday, June 12

Summer Concert Series Kickoff Celebration

Free | All Ages

Bryant Square Park | 6-8 pm
No registration required. More Info

Wednesday, June 13

Ice Cream Social

Free | All Ages

Sibley Park | 6-8 pm
No registration required. More Info

Friday, June 15

End of School Carnival

Free | All Ages

Corcoran Park | 4-6 pm
No registration required. More Info

Friday, June 15

Summer Kick-Off

Free | All Ages

Lyndale Farmstead Park | 6:30-8:30 pm
No registration required. More Info

Saturday, June 16


Free | All Ages

Bethune Park | 11 am-6 pm
No registration required. More Info

Saturday, June 16

Jammin’ at Northeast-Monthly Dances

Free | Adults

Northeast Recreation Center | 6-8 pm
No registration required. More Info

Sunday, June 17

Greenway’s Gridiron Gallop

$30 Adults, $10 Kids | All Ages

Lake Nokomis Park | 7:30-11:30 am
Register for 5K Run/Walk. Register for Kids Run.
More Info

Other Events

These events are not affiliated with the Minneapolis Park Board but take place in our parks. To find information about these events, visit the host organization’s website.

Saturday, June 9

Rollin’ Along the River

North Mississippi River | 9 am

Saturday, June 9

Walk/Run for Life

Lake Nokomis | 8 am

Sunday, June 10

Lourdes Outdoor Mass

Father Hennepin Park | 11 am

Thursday, June 14

Live on the Drive

Victory Memorial Drive | 6 pm

Friday, June 15-Sunday, June 17

Stone Arch Festival of the Arts

Stone Arch Bridge/Father Hennepin Park | 11 am

Saturday, June 16

Minnesota Sprints (Junior Rowing)

Lake Nokomis | 8 am

Saturday, June 16

Kids Fest

Lake Harriet Band Shell | 10 am

Saturday, June 16

Rock the Garden

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden | 1 pm

Saturday, June 16

Driftwomen Performance

Cedar Lake Point | 7:30 pm

Sunday, June 17

Ugly Tie 5K

Stone Arch Bridge/West River Parkway | 9:15 am

AUDITION for the Wizard of Oz!


Photo of Oz, includes the yellow brick road, city of OZ, and a rainbow


We invite you to AUDITION (or join the orchestra orcrew) for Minneapolis Community Education’s “The Wizard of Oz!

Open to students entering 11th grade and older, college students and adults of all ages. Children K-5 can also participate in the Munchkin Chorus. Click here for more info about the Munchkin chorus.

“This is not your grandmother’s Wizard of Oz! Step off the 1939 MGM studio lot and join us as we travel the yellow brick road through a dystopian adventure of Orwellian proportions.”

  • Audition Tues, May 29 or Wed, May 30 from 5-8:15 pm
  • Callbacks Thurs, May 31 from 6-9 pm

Meet at Justice Page Middle School, 1 West 49th St, Minneapolis, MN 55419.Please prepare a short song to sing without accompaniment. Be prepared to move and do a cold reading. Rehearsals are Mon-Thurs, 6-9pm at Justice Page. More information available here.

Performances are held at Southwest High School’s Auditorium

July 13, 14, 18, 19, 20 & 21 at 7:00 pm and July 15 & 21at 2:00 pm. Tickets available here beginning June 1.

Please call (612) 668-3100. Please also help spread the word by posting or sharing this flyer. Thank you!


New wading pool and roof coming to Logan Park and Recreation Center

Logan pool concept plan
Concept plan for Logan Park’s new wading pool


Construction starts this summer!

At its May 16 meeting, the The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) approved the contract to replace the wading pool at Logan Park. Timing for the construction phase of this project allows the pool to be open for most of the summer: Work is scheduled to begin onMonday, July 30, and the new pool is expected to be complete in time for next summer’s opening.

As previously planned, the project includes a mechanical building that will be constructed near the pool. This option was selected over replacing equipment in the current mechanical room inside the recreation center, which would have damaged a large elm tree valued by the community. In addition, the Logan Park Neighborhood Association has generously donated funds to add water features to the new pool.

The second project, replacement of the recreation center’s roof, is currently in its bidding phase. Construction will begin once a contractor has been approved; on-site replacement work is expected to begin in early August, with completion projected for late October.

Stay tuned for updates as both projects proceed. And thank you for your patience while we work to improve Minneapolis parks and recreation centers.

Every neighborhood deserves a great park.

The roof replacement project includes funding from NPP20, a historic agreement between the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the City of Minneapolis. It helps address racial and economic equity across 160 neighborhood parks and provides $11 million annually to maintain, repair and replace facilities.

Grace Center needs volunteers on SUNDAY, May 20th for the Return of SHOEBOX CITY!

Grace Center needs volunteers on SUNDAY, May 20th  for the Return of SHOEBOX CITY!! This was a very successful event last year. Families build magnificent cardboard cities and sculptures for our onsite exhibit, free of charge. Last year hundreds of people participated.

Volunteer Opportunities:

WELCOMERS: SHIFTS OF ONE HOUR OR MORE BETWEEN NOON AND 5PM. You can sit at sign-in table; you’ll welcome families (ask them to sign in, offer a photo release form, direct them to the build area.)
BUILD HELPERS: SHIFTS OF ONE HOUR OR MORE BETWEEN NOON AND 5PM. Help kids and families think about what they want to make. Monitor supplies. Cut cardboard as needed. Help folks get their finished building placed in our “city!”
PHOTOGRAPHER: SHIFTS OF ONE HOUR OR MORE BETWEEN NOON AND 5PM. Take pictures at the photo booth, where kids bring their final creations. Camera provided.
CLEAN-UP (5 TO 6PM): Help us clean up the space and put away supplies, assist builders who are coming in to pick up finished work they may have left earlier.
1500 6th St NE, Mpls 55413.

Zero Waste Implementation Plan

Zero Waste implementation plan image, garbage truck next to trash pile

Share your feedback on how the City should reduce waste and recycle and compost more in 2019-2021 at one of two community meetings.  With the adoption of the Zero Waste Plan in December 2017, City Council directed Solid Waste & Recycling staff to coordinate the development of a three-year implementation with assistance from Regulatory Services, CPED, and the Health Department.  Join us to learn more and share your opinion before the 2019-2021 implementation plan goes to City Council mid-June, 2018.

Upcoming meetings include:

Thursday May 17th, 2018

Emerge (1834 Emerson Ave N)
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Monday May 21st, 2018

Seward Friendship Store (317 38th St E)
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

For more information, please visit

First Ward May Newsletter


Ward 1 News from Minneapolis Council Member Kevin Reich

Council Member’s Message

After a protracted winter season that lasted well into April and stretched resources and patience, spring has finally arrived, with Art-A-Whirl just around the corner. This annual celebration of our Northeast Minneapolis Arts District is truly a not-to-be-missed event, offering a rare opportunity to visit the studios and workshops of the artists and makers who fuel our community’s creative economy. I urge you all to get out and enjoy this year’s Art-A-Whirl. See the story below for more details.

The slow arrival of spring has necessitated a late start on our Spring Street Sweep, which finally got underway May 1, and has also delayed the start of several road construction projects. This spring and summer we will be seeing work on University Avenue and 37th Avenue NE, as well as the second phase of the Waite Park Concrete Rehabilitation project and the completion of the 18th Ave NE project. See the story below for further information.

Also, I encourage you to attend the upcoming Comprehensive Plan Open House being held at the Northeast Park Recreation Center on Saturday, May 12.  This event will be interactive, allowing the opportunity to view and comment on draft policies and maps, as well as sit down with city planners and fellow attendees for in-depth discussion on specific action steps listed in the draft plan. We’ll also have free food and family-friendly activities created by local artists. I hope to see many of you there!

Kevin Reich Signature

Meet with Your Council Member

Council Member Kevin Reich is always available to meet with Ward 1 constituents and discuss matters of concern to them, either at City Hall or at a convenient location in the Ward. Feel free to contact the Ward Office at 612-673-2201 or to set up an appointment. You can also meet with Kevin at one of his monthly constituent meet & greets. Here’s the May schedule:

Tuesday, May 8, 8 – 9 a.m. at Diamonds Coffee, 1628 Central Avenue NE

Wednesday, May 23, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Able Seedhouse, 1121 Quincy Street NE

Comprehensive Plan Open House – Saturday, May 12

City leaders want to know your thoughts about the new draft comprehensive plan. When finalized, Minneapolis 2040 will serve as a framework of interdependent policies, topics, action steps and maps intended to drive a citywide conversation about how the city will grow and change over the next two decades so all residents benefit. The public can learn more about the draft plan and provide comments by attending one of the upcoming open houses.

Minneapolis 2040 covers topics such as housing, job access, new building designs and street use. It’s the result of two years of engagement with the people of Minneapolis, including more than 50 meetings and conversations with thousands of residents, business owners and others. Public input directly helped staff establish priorities and determine the content of the draft plan, and public feedback on the draft plan is now needed. Several open houses are being conducted across the City to gather input, including this Eastside open house:

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12
Northeast Recreation Center, 1530 Johnson St. NE

Each open house has family-friendly activities created by local artists and free food from local businesses. Participants can view and comment on draft policies and maps. There are also opportunities to sit down with City planners and fellow attendees for in-depth discussions on specific action steps listed in the draft plan.

People can also view the complete draft plan and give input online at Public feedback on the draft plan is being collected until July 22.

Upcoming Street Construction Projects in Ward One

Hwy 47/University Avenue

MN DOT is closing Hwy 47/University Avenue from Lowry Ave NE in Minneapolis to 44th Ave NE in Columbia Heights for approximately two months for resurfacing. Visit to learn more and sign up for project updates.

37th Avenue NE

The City of Minneapolis and the City of Columbia Heights are collaborating on a resurfacing of 37th Avenue NE, which marks the border between these two municipalities. The section of 37th Avenue from Main Street to 5th Street NE would be undertaken in 2018.  This resurfacing project is part of the Public Works ongoing street improvement program.  The purpose of the project is to extend the life of this street by overlaying it with a new layer of asphalt. The Department of Public Works is holding an informational meeting on Tuesday, May 8, 6:30 p.m. at Columbia Manor, 3300 Central Avenue NE to address any questions  about this project.  Representatives from Public Works will be present at the meeting to answer questions you may have.

18th Avenue NE

To sign up for updates, visit

Waite Park Concrete Rehabilitation Project

To sign up for updates, visit

Spring Street Sweep Has Begun

To let the ice and snow melt so sweepers have full access along the curbs, the City delayed the start of the Spring Street Sweep until  Tuesday, May 1. Drivers should watch for temporary “No Parking” signs to avoid a ticket and tow.

For approximately four weeks, sweeping crews will take care of more than 1,000 miles of city streets in addition to sweeping alleys. To make sure the crews can do the most complete job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance to make sure streets are clear of parked vehicles. Drivers need to follow street sweeping parking rules or they may have their cars ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.

Residents, workers and visitors have a number of ways to find out more about street sweeping:

  • “No Parking” signs – Crews will post “No Parking” signs at least 24 hours before sweeping any streets. Parking will be banned from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day a street is swept. The “No Parking” signs will be removed as soon as possible after a street has been completely swept to allow people to resume parking. Drivers should not park along these streets until these temporary “No Parking” signs are removed.
  • Phone calls to residents – In addition to the “No Parking” signs that will be posted the day before sweepers come through, the City will make about 3,500 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day.
  • Interactive web tool – Folks can use a tool on the City’s website to find out when the sweeping crews are coming through their neighborhoods. By the Friday before the first week of the sweep, people can go and click on “street sweeping schedule lookup” to find out which week a street is scheduled to be swept. The weekend before that week, they can revisit the website to find out which day of the week the street is scheduled to be swept.
  • Videos – Street sweeping is explained in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong in short videos and on City cable channels 14 and 79.

Public Works 101: City Blacksmith

Did you know the City has a blacksmith? Meet Nick Bounds – blacksmith, metal fabricator and welding specialist. He creates custom tools and parts from metal to keep the Minneapolis Water Works Division of the Public Works Department running.

As he describes it, his work melds craft and art. You can see Nick Bounds at work and learn more about his unique job in the latest installment of “A City that Works”: Watch the video on YouTube.

Follow the Rules for Recreational Fires

With the warmer weather, some of us are spending more time outside and enjoying outdoor fires. Following these laws will help keep Minneapolis neighborhoods safe and livable:

  • Outdoor fires are permitted between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Keep fires small: less than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high.
  • Postpone a fire when Minneapolis is under an air pollution advisory. Fires release fine particles that contribute to air pollution and are implicated in a number of health problems including strokes, heart attacks and asthma. Sign up for air quality alerts at
  • Burn only untreated, unpainted, dry wood. Never burn cardboard boxes, trash or debris, because the smoke can be toxic.
  • Fires must be at least 25 feet away from a structure or combustible material and in a fire ring or pit with edges more than 6 inches high.
  • Have a hose or fire extinguisher present.
  • Postpone the fire when the wind exceeds 10 mph.
  • Fire must be constantly attended by someone 18 years or older and completely out before being abandoned.

Illegal open burning or recreational fires could result in fines that start at $200.

Art-A-Whirl: May 18 – 20

Art-A-Whirl is an open studio tour in Northeast Minneapolis. It’s a great opportunity to tour private artist studios and galleries, connect with the artists, and purchase original artwork. Over the last 23 years, it has become the largest open studio tour in the country. Art-A-Whirl takes place annually throughout Northeast Minneapolis, the third weekend of May.

This event is free and open to the public. 2018 dates and hours:

Fri, May 18, 5 – 10 p.m.

Sat, May 19, noon – 8 p.m.

Sun, May 20, noon – 5 p.m.

For more information, visit

Low Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic – Sunday, May 6

Minneapolis residents can bring in their pets for low-cost vaccinations May 6. The City will offer rabies vaccine, feline distemper vaccine, canine distemper vaccine, and microchipping for $10 each or $25 for all three.

2-5 p.m. Sunday, May 6
Fire Station 21, 3209 E. 38th St.

All dogs must be on a leash, all cats must be in a carrier. Must have a valid ID and/or proof of Minneapolis residency to participate. learn more.

Save the Date

Audubon WingDing Party in the Park

Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.Audubon Park, 1320 – 29th Avenue NE. Enjoy food, music, activities and kids games.

Second Precinct Open House

Monday, May 14, 4 – 7 p.m.,1911 Central Avenue NE. Tour the station, meet officers and crime prevention specialists, and enjoy free snacks at this event to recognize National Police Week.

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact (add your information here including: department, contact person, phone and email). People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service
to call 311 agents at 612-673-3000. TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

Para asistencia 612-673-2700 •  Rau kev pab 612-673-2800 • Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay

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Attend the Food Policy Forum on May 23 with Homegrown Minneapolis

Please join the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council to discuss strategies for continuing to grow our local food system.

Location: Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center
1250 West Broadway Ave Minneapolis (map)

4:30 – 5:30 pm Registration, reception and light bites from Minneapolis Public School Catering and Breaking Bread Café.

5:30 – 8:00 pm  Dynamic program will include welcome remarks from Mayor Frey, Homegrown Highlights, performances by the Appetite for Change youth including their viral song “Grow Food” and panel discussions about food system priorities with community representatives, City of Minneapolis policymakers and staff, and the Public Health Law Center.

RSVP here (RSVP encouraged but not required). Attendees who RSVP will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a copy of The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen cookbook by Sean Sherman with Beth Dooley, winner of the 2018 James Beard Award for Best American Cookbook.

View the 2017 Homegrown Minneapolis Highlights.

2nd Precinct open house May 14, 2018. All welcome!

Minneapolis Police Departments – 2nd Precinct Open House

1911 Central Avenue NE
Monday May 14, 2018
5:00pm to 7:00pm.

Come visit with Officers and see displays from the 2nd Precinct, K-9, Mounted Patrol, the Bomb Unit, Minneapolis Emergency Communications Center (Dispatch), SWAT, Crime Prevention Specialists and Animal Control.

The Open House will give you the opportunity to meet some of the great people that work for the City of Minneapolis.

Come enjoy a fun night with your neighbors! There will be food and beverages.

Free Family Friendly Event!

Departamentos de Policía de Minneapolis – Exhibición Abierta del 2 ° precinto
1911 Central Avenida NE
Lunes 14 de mayo de 2018
5:00 p.m. a 7:00 p.m.

Venga a visitarnos con Oficiales y vea exhibiciones del 2do.

Precinto, K-9, Patrulla Montada, la Unidad de Bombas, Centro de Comunicaciones de Emergencia de Minneapolis (Despacho), SWAT, Especialistas en Prevención del Crimen y Control de Animales.
La Exhibición Abierta le dará la oportunidad de conocer a algunas de las grandes personas que trabajan para la Ciudad de Minneapolis.
¡Ven a disfrutar de una noche divertida con tus vecinos!
Habrá comida y bebidas.

¡Evento gratuito para familias!

Waaxda booliiska ee Minneapolis – Xaafada 2-aad
Soo dhawenynta Bulshada
1911 Central Avenue NE
Isniin Maajo 14, 2018
5:00 galabnimo ilaa 7:00 fiidnimo
Walaalayaal waxaan idinku casuumaynaa in aad soo booqataan saraakiisha ka tirsan ciidamada booliska. Waxaad arki doontaan bandhig ama sawiro eey kuu diyaariyeen xaafada 2-aad, Askarta Eeyuhu la Shaqeeyaan (K-9ka), Askarta Roondada ah, Qaybaha Bombooyinka quseeya, Xarunta Isgaarsiinta Degdega ah ee Minnneapolis, Ciidamada meelaha halista ah gala (SWAT), Khabiirada Kahortaga danbiyada iyo kuwa xakameenta xoolaha. Soo dhaweyntaan waxeey kuu siinaysaa fursado aad kula kulanto dad sar sare oo u shaqeeya magaalada Minneapolis. Fadlan kaalaya oo waqti laqaata habiinkaas dariskaada ama dadka xaafadaada dagan! Waxaa jiri doona cunto iyo cabitaan. Waa isku imaad saaxiibtinimo una wanaagsan qoyska!

For questions, contact:

Abdirashid Ali
Minneapolis Police Department, 2nd Precinct
(612) 673-2874

Volunteer to coach youth spring sports

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is seeking enthusiastic volunteer coaches for youth track & field, t-ball, baseball and softball..

  •  Practices start in April and games/meets begin in May.
  •  Athletes range from 5-18 years old
  • Teams practice 1-2 times per week
  • Games are scheduled for a weeknight and/or Saturdays.
  •  MPRB will provide orientation for all new coaches
  • Can’t coach this spring? We’ll need coaches for football, volleyball, and soccer this fall!

call 612-230-6493 or email to receive more information or to express interest in MPRB volunteer opportunities.

All Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board athletic fields closed this week

Fields closed until at least Friday, April 27

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) urges people to stay off athletic fields until at least Friday, April 27. An update will be issued Friday after field conditions are reevaluated.

Although most of the recent snow has melted and many teams and athletes are anxious to get started with outdoor sports, fields still need time to dry out before they’re ready for action.

Using athletic fields while the ground is still soft and wet can cause significant damage that makes it much more difficult to prepare for spring/summer sports and affects turf quality all the way through the fall.

The MPRB appreciates everyone’s patience during the abrupt transition to spring. Maintenance staff will do everything they can to open fields as soon as possible. In the meantime, please enjoy paved trails and parkways, playgrounds and recreation centers throughout Minneapolis Parks.

18th Ave NE Reconstruction Project

From the Minneapolis Department of Public Works:


Dear Minneapolis Resident or Business Proprietor:

Spring is here and it’s time for the 18th Ave NE reconstruction project to begin again.  Last fall, we wrapped things up for winter with plans to return and finish starting in the spring.  Items remaining include the removal of the temporary path and placement of the new shared use path on the south side, complete the remaining driveway aprons and pedestrian ramps, plant the grass boulevards, complete the signal work at Monroe St NE and Johnson St NE, remove the asphalt pavement wedges that were installed to protect the curb edges, and place the final layer of asphalt.  Minneapolis Forestry will also plant trees in the new boulevard areas along 18th Ave NE, this is expected to occur in the spring of 2019.  The project area is shown in red on the enclosed map.

You can sign up to receive email project updates on the project web site:

Construction activity for this season is expected to begin with the week of April 16th, weather permitting, and estimated to be substantially completed in early summer 2018. Please understand that the construction schedules are subject to change due to weather and unforeseen circumstances.

If we need to do work on the approach to your driveway, we will notify you in advance of placing your new driveway approach and ask you to park at another location for eight days after concrete placement to allow time for the concrete to cure. During the majority of construction, local access to homes and businesses will be maintained.

As a reminder, our construction activities are likely to cause you some inconvenience, but we are hopeful that you will be patient and understanding as the work progresses. For our part, we will do our best to keep these inconveniences at a minimum.  If you have any questions or concerns about this improvement project, please call me, at 612-673-3762.  You can also contact the Chief Field Inspector on the Project, John Benjamin at 651-443-1096.


  • Our equipment is large and heavy and can be extremely dangerous if one is not alert around it. We urge you to stay at a safe distance at all times. Please, above all, impress upon your children not to go beyond the sidewalk at any time and to stay away from material piles and equipment parked on or near the job site. Please observe all posted detour routes and warning signs and arrange to park on side streets or on another block when work is under way in your immediate area.
  • Help us prevent vandalism during construction. It not only delays the project but adds to the costs. Your cooperation in reporting or preventing such acts is critical and directly benefits you.
  • To save yourself time and money, if you have experienced any problems with your sewer and/or water connection it is recommended that you contact a licensed plumber as soon as possible to correct the problembefore the street is paved. One problem frequently encountered in connection with street paving is the condition and age of the private water and sewer services from the house or business to the City main in the street. Occasionally, because of the age and condition of these services, they may require repair or replacement within a relatively short period of time after the new paving is completed. So, if you are planning to upgrade your water or sewer service, please call me at 673-3762 to coordinate with the project’s schedule.
  • To install new shared use path, we will need to excavate within the City right of way. Please note that the City right of way extends beyond the back of the temporary path on the south side.   After we complete this work we will remove our construction debris and place new topsoil and sod where it was disturbed.  If you have concerns or questions regarding your specific property, contact me or John.

Once again, we ask that you impress upon all children the dangers near construction equipment.  We hope to inconvenience you as little as possible and would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding while your neighborhood is being improved.


Beverly Warmka, P.E.                                                        
Project Manager                                                     
Minneapolis Department of Public Works