Category Archives: Meeting Highlights

September 19, 2018 eNews

Meeting highlights

Guest Presenters

  • The Southwest Business Association (SWBA) presented information about an upcoming ballot initiative: YES ON 1 MPLS. A “yes” vote means that Minneapolis residents choose to eliminate outdated regulations that make it expensive and cumbersome for a local restaurant to obtain a license to serve liquor. Lifting the old regulation means leveling the playing field for all neighborhood restaurants, and as a result, providing more choices for diners. SWBA, Council Member Palmisano, and local restaurants, including representatives from Red Wagon who attended the meeting, are in favor of this initiative.
  • Two committees are working on the future park space plans, one for the outdoor park facilities across Southwest Minneapolis  the other for the trails along the Minnehaha Creek  Both are working, with Park planners, etc., on releasing design options. You can share your ideas, keep on on these projects, and learn about your chance to see plans and more through their websites, and by signing up for email updates (links above).

City Council Update

  • Monday from 7:00-8:00pm at Armatage rec center, Palmisano Presents will be addressing the proposed budget recently proposed by the Mayor.
  • Early voting begins at City Hall on Friday. There will be select locations across the City open for early voting (locations TBD) the week prior to the Nov. 6th election.
  • There are 3 ballot initiatives to be aware of: 1) the one present above; 2) a request to increase the levy for school funding; and 3) a new levy for technology in schools. You learn more about these and other items on the ballot online.
  • The 2nd draft of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan is scheduled to be made public by the end of September. Armatage and Kenny neighborhoods will be hosting a joint meeting to discuss these updates after they each have brief business meetings on October 16. Armatage will have their business meeting 6:30-7:15, and will be joined by Kenny residents (meeting 6:00-7:00) along with Council Member Palmisano to focus on what was changed, and what more may need to be addressed in the City’s comprehensive plan for the future of Minneapolis.

At the Park

  • Halloween at the Park will be on Friday, October 25 from 6:00-8:30pm. This is a free event with wagon rides, bonfire, treat trail, and more! (see flyer for more details)
  • The park will be hosting a new gentle yoga program on Tuesday mornings.
  • More than 65 volunteer coaches are involved in youth sports this fall, supporting 15 flag football and 19 soccer teams. Thank you to these volunteers!
  • Improvements to the Washburn Tot Lot are underway!

Other Business

  • November Happy Hour will move to November 13 so as to not conflict with the election. Mark your calendars!
  • We will again host a charily drive and tree lighting event. Trees will be lit on Friday, November 23 at 7pm. We will be collecting diapers and formula for the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery. More info to come!
  • 12 homeowners had raingardens installed this summer through a partnership with Metro Blooms and the ANA. We hope to do this again in 2019, and will share details early next year.
  • The ANA will be looking at hosting a series of DIY type events focused on home and yard maintenance, based on input and ideas generated at our annual meeting.

March 5, 2018 eNews

Neighborhood Happy Hour

Tuesday, March 5 • 7:00-9:00pm
Red Wagon Pizza

Meet neighbors. Ask questions. Enjoy FREE Pizza!
Cash Bar

February Meeting Highlights

Guest: Colita’s (new restaurant going in at 54/Penn in Jensen’s)

Palmisano Presents: A Conversation on Pedestrian Safety
Although details of the accident can’t shared due to the current investigation, we were able to talk about the City’s plans under Vision Zero, to eliminate pedestrian and bicyclist injuries through a comprehensive, multi-pronged approach. This plan is just starting to develop, but may include such things as driver education, lighting studies, etc.

Armatage/Kenny Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 24th from 10:00-11:30am

All kids must be pre-registered to participate!  $5 per child. Egg Hunt starts promptly at 11am.

Volunteers are needed to distribute/hide eggs and pass out prizes/candy after the egg hunt concludes.

Washburn Park Input Open House

Wednesday, March 14
Armatage Rec Center

Drop in anytime. Kids welcome. This will be the final opportunity to provide input or suggestions before final plans are sent for approval!

See the plans at our website.

Southwest Service Area Master Plan

All Minneapolis neighborhood parks south of I-394 and west of I-35W, including small triangle park properties. Does not include regional parks such as Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Regional Park (including Brownie, Cedar, Isles, Bde Maka Ska, and Harriet) nor regional trails (Kenilworth, Cedar Lake, and Minnehaha) because regional parks and trails are required by the Metropolitan Council to have separate master plans.

Community Advisory Committee applications due soon!

These master plan projects will set visions and priorities for future park and trail improvements. The planning for each of these projects will be guided by separate Community Advisory Committees (CACs), which are appointed by various neighborhood organizations and elected officials.

Applications for the Southwest Service Area Master Plan CACs are due March 21.

CAC Application

January 18, 2018 eNews

Fire on Ice
Neighborhood Ice Skating Party

Friday • 6:00-8:30pm

Come on down for some skating fun with a DJ, cocoa, popcorn and bonfire!

January Meeting Highlights

  • Road resurfacing project (58th-62nd; Xerxes-Penn)

    Pre-public hearing to be held at Armatage Rec Center (details TBD, but anticipated in April). Public hearing at City Hall on May 1. Project work may begin by the end of May. Will will have several people on hand at the April meeting to answer any questions.

    This will be a mill and overlay project, and utility upgrades will take place prior to final paving. 60th is not included because it is a Truck Route, and is on a different maintenance and funding schedule. Project map and FAQ PDF available here.

  • Green Team will meet Monday, January 22 at 7:30pm at Armatage Rec Center. We will be planning our 2018 priorities. All are welcome!
  • The ANA is looking into developing a micro-grant program to support various initiatives and ideas (somewhat inspired by Fulton Neighborhood).

Mobile Menders at Armatage

Saturday, February  10
1:00-4:00 PM
Armatage Rec center

This is a FREE event

•    Do you have a pair of pants that need hemming?

•    Is a button missing from a pair of pants, shirt or jacket?

•    Is there a rip in your favorite shirt?

Mobile Menders is a group of volunteer sewers and menders that do basic clothing repair. If you have something that needs meding, bring the clean item(s)  to the rec center on February 10.

If you have a homebound neighbor, see if they’d like assistance get themselves or their clothes to this event.

Questions: contact

Sewing mends the soul

The 17th Annual Kite Festival

Saturday, January 27
Noon to 4 pm
Lake Harriet by the bandshell
This a is free, fun, family​ festival

  • horse-drawn wagon rides
  • snowshoeing
  • guided nature tours through Roberts Bird Sanctuary
  • ice fishing for kids
  • a marshmallow roast with s’mores​
  • music
  • Wild Rumpus Reading
  • ​Fat Tire Bikes demo
  • AND The Art Shanty Project

​​Minnesota Kite Society experts will be on hand to demonstrate maneuvering spectacular kites throughout the day, offer their expertise to kite flying enthusiasts and to those who are new to the pastime.

Bring your own kite or purchase one at the event. Food Trucks will be available to purchase food and hot drinks.

TIPS Outdoors will teach kids ice fishing skills and safety tips. Equipment and permits for children will be provided.​

Shuttles and Parking​
Free lot parking is available on site, please keep in mind  the lot fills quickly, however free, on-street parking is available throughout the neighborhood and shuttles​ will be available leaving from Linden Hills Park (3100 W 43rd St. Minneapolis)​ to Lake Harriet​ from 11:45 am to 4 pm. West Lake Harriet Parkway delays are expected. Allow ample time to find a spot and walk to the venue.

Text to 911

New service provides significant public safety benefits

Did you know you can now send texts to 911? The service has been available statewide since early December of 2017, and is a great option when you are unable to call 911, such as a domestic incident, a break-in, or a medical event. It is also beneficial for the deaf and hard of hearing community. Dispatchers still prefer that you call 911 if you can, since the immediate two-way communication allows for faster information gather during an emergency.

October 24, 2017 eNews

Halloween at the Park

Friday, October 27 • 6:00-8:30pm • Armatage Park
Wagon Rides • Bonfire • DJ • S’mores & Popcorn • Bounce House
Sweet Dreams Food Truck.
Costumes Encouraged

Pumpkin Carving Contest

  • Bring your carved pumpkin to Armatage Park 
  • Thursday 10/26 2:00-9:00pm or Friday 10/27 2:00-4:00pm
  • Carved pumpkins will be on display throughout Friday night
  • Two prizes will be awarded: Kid’s Choice and People’s Choice!
  • Take your pumpkin home after the judging.


  • Want to hand out treats? Let us know — just plan to bring your “station” to the event, and we provide the treats! It is that easy! Be creative, but please remember this is a family event, so nothing too gory. 
  • Set up begins at 5:00pm. All displays must be ready by 6:00pm. An adult must stay with the station throughout the event, and please plan to stay until 8:30pm. 

Help Design Washburn Park

Saturday October 28th, 10am-noon
Drop in anytime
58th & Washburn

The Washburn Tot Lot (as it is named) playground is slated for major improvements in 2018 and now is the time for us to chime in with ideas!

  • Meet at the park near the playground to provide input
  • Kids are encouraged to come and enjoy games and activities
  • Enjoy coffee and light snacks

If you can’t make it, you are always welcome to forward any thoughts or concerns to our coordinator (

October Meeting Highlights

  • ANA will purchase wooden trucks and shapes for toddler play times and events at the park. ($600 approved)
  • Happy hour will continue in 2018 at Red Wagon Pizza – watch for more details.
  • Rain garden designing stage is underway with area residents.

Save the Date

Tree Lighting and Charity Drive

Friday, November 24 • 7:00pm • Armatage Park

Diapers and formula will be collected at the park in November for the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery.

Enjoy a photo op with a vintage sleigh!

September 21, 2017 eNews

September Meeting Highlights

  • 911 is implementing a new quality assurance program. This has been in the works for years, and will help provide more consistency to how calls are handled no matter from where you call. It was also emphasized that if you are wondering if you should call 911 or not — CALL. They know how to triage each situation, and prioritize life-threatening situations. The worst thing you can do is to hang up, and please note, that certain cell towers and carries make it hard to know where a cell phone is calling from. (What? TV shows exaggerate?!)
  • The City has presented a Zero Waste plan, and would like your input. The draft plan and a survey link are available online.
  • The Mayor has released her 2018 budget proposal. Part of this includes a 5.5% tax levy increase. The Board of Estimate and Taxation will host a public hearing on September 27 at 4:50 at City Hall to adopt the maximum for levies to be paid in 2018. If you have an option, it is now that you need to be heard.
  • The ANA will be doing a review of their bylaws and procedures starting soon and hope to have draft recommendations by early next year.
  • The Park will be having a coffee truck the next several Saturdays starting at 9:00 am during fall sports. They are still in need of a few more volleyball coaches.
  • Welcome to Annique London, as our new Safety Chair. We look forward to having her support in helping to keep us up to date on neighborhood issues.
  • The board expressed concerns regarding the City’s generous granting of all variance requests, as it seems to not take into account the ecological impacts involving water run off, watershed impacts, and other green space loss due to over building. Tara will help draft a letter we can send to the City expressing these concerns.

FREE Personal Safety Workshop

This Saturday • 10-Noon

Armatage Rec Center

All and all ages are welcome!

Details of what to expect listed online. Bring a water bottle (sounds like a warm day) and dress comfortable if you’d like to get involved in the demonstration portion!

Happy Hour

Tuesday, October 3 • 7:00-9:00pm

Red Wagon Pizza

Meet neighbors, learn about what’s happening in the neighborhood. Enjoy drink specials and complimentary snacks!


Halloween at the Park

Friday, October 27 • 6:00-8:30pm

Armatage Park


We will once again be hosting a neighborhood event Friday night, and there is something for everyone!

  • Pumpkin carving contest — watch for details about our pumpkin give-away sponsored by 
  • Bonfire with s’mores
  • DJ
  • Horse-drawn wagon rides
  • Bounce house for kids
  • Trunk-or-Treating — watch for treat station sign up coming soon! Host your own display, the Park and Neighborhood provide the treats that you hand out, you provide the cool decoration station.

Tree Lighting & Charity Event

Friday, November 24 • 7:00pm

Armatage Park

We will again host a tree lighting event on Friday evening after Thanksgiving. This year we hope to have some more activities, so watch for more details coming soon. 

We will be collecting diapers and formula to donate to the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery. You can bring your donations that night, or a collection box will be placed in the park building soon!

July 24, 2017 eNews

July Meeting Highlights

  • Possible change to polling location for 13-9 (see below)
  • Board is considering creating a business facade grant program, to complement the existing City’s Great Streets program.
  • We have a meeting with a planning team to discuss the improvements we’d like to see at the Washburn Tot Lot.
  • We hosted our final happy hour at Cafe Maude, but will be looking into a future location. 
  • We may be able to increase our Rain Garden participation from 10 to 15 residents. Working on the details for the program.
  • We will be hosting a personal safety workshop on Saturday, Sept. 23. More details soon.

Summer Festival

Sunday, August 13 • 3:00-7:00pm

3:30 – Magic by Bruce

4:00 – Deuxmensions Dance Performance

4:00-6:00 – Skate Park Activities with 3rd Lair

5:00-7:00 – Live Music by White Elephant

  • Fun games and activities 
  • (all-inclusive wristbands $5/each • $10 max per family)
  • INCLUDES: magic show • balloon animals • face painting • carnival games (with prizes) • bounce house • giant slide • obstacle course
  • NEW More activities for adults and families including Giant Jenga, Cornhole, Kan Jam and more!
  • RETURN of the CAR SHOW (want to show off your car? register today, its free!)
  • Silent auction & raffle see items and how to bid by text online
  • Local business and organization informational tables/booths
  • MPLS TAP water station (bring a refillable water bottle)
  • Food TRUCKS 
  • Red Wagon Pizza • Twin Cities Paella • Terzo • City Girl Coffee • Sonny’s Ice Cream • Sweet Dreams Candy

Thanks so much to our sponsors!


Poll Relocation – Minneapolis Elections Would Like Your Feedback!

Elections & Voter Services staff is considering relocating the poll for the 13-9 precinct from Anthony Middle School to City Church, 1501 54th St W. 

There have been challenges in voter flow and some congestion at the Anthony Middle School site. Auditorium renovations in the past couple years have also reduced the amount of available space previously used on the floor. 

While City Church lies further outside the precinct (approximately four blocks north of Anthony), it is within the one-mile statutory requirement, and offers ample, open floor space and parking. 

Staff would appreciate your comments!  This change would be in effect for the November 2017 Municipal Election and beyond. All registered voters would receive a postcard notice of the change via Hennepin County, should the relocation take place.

If you vote at Anthony Middle School and have an opinion in favor of or against relocating the poll, please contact Tim Schwarz by July 27 at or by calling 612-673-3136.

Soccer Referees

Minneapolis Parks & Rec are looking for dependable, knowledgeable and hard-working people to referee our fall leagues. Referees receive up to $26 per game.

Join us at one of the clinics at 2117 W. River Road:

  • Tuesday, Aug 22 • 6:00-8:30pm
  • Monday Aug 28 • 6:00-8:30pm

Complete paperwork, learn about the MPRB leagues and receive hands-on training. Uniform shirts will be available for purchase at each clinic.

Contact Anthony DiBella for more information ( 612-719-8035.

Neighborhoods provide grants to support Bridge for Youth’s Rita’s House

The Bridge for Youth’s mission is to provide runaway and homeless youth safe shelter, assist in the prevention and resolution of family conflicts and reunify families whenever possible. The Bridge is creating a facility, targeting an underserved population, through Rita’s House.

Rita’s House will be an intentional community for homeless youth, providing single rooms rented at a very low subsidized rate, with shared common spaces. The youth who will be eligible to be residents in the house will be between the ages of 18 and 20 years old, for whom it is not possible to live in a safe environment with a relative, and who have no other safe alternative living arrangement. Youth will develop their independent living skills, gain rental history, and learn how to manage a household, while living in a shared space that is tailored to and supportive of homeless youth. Housing will be provided on a month-to-month basis, with the intention being that youth stay at the house less than 24 months before moving to their apartment.

This facility is located at 2200 Emerson in the East Isles neighborhood. Through outreach to southwest Minneapolis neighborhood councils, the Bridge has been granted a total of $110,000 for capital improvements. Neighborhood involved in supporting this project include:

  • The East Isles Residents Association (EIRA)
  • Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG)
  • Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association (CIDNA)
  • East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO)
  • Armatage Neighborhood Assocation (ANA)
  • West Calhoun Neighborhood Council (WCNC)

June 26, 2017 eNews

June Meeting Highlights

  • Safety Update – Joined by our Crime Prevention Specialist and a couple of our patrol car officers. Crime stats shared for the past quarter. Year over year, we continue to have a low level of crime. We always see an increase when the weather warms, but most crimes continue to be crimes of opportunity and the police want to remind residents that locking doors is one of the easiest prevention methods residents can take. They also noted, that they can not monitor discussions on Nextdoor. They have no access to read posts or comments on that site, and rely on neighborhood coordinators to help share area concerns.
  • City Council Update
    • There will be a public hearing regarding the Minimum Wage Ordinance on Thursday, June 22.
    • The Sick Time Ordinance will go into effect July 1.
    • The Plastic Bag Ban has been put on hold while certain details get worked out.
    • Edina recently passed an increase fro 18 to 21 for tobacco sales. Minneapolis is considering this as well as the possibility of banning menthol and other flavored tobacco products.
    • The City is aware of the congestion issues along 50th, and are working on ways to alleviate this situation.
  • Park Update
    • Armatage Movie in the Park was well attended with over 250 people. Kenny’s movie is the original Ghost Busters on August 9.
    • Bike locks will be available to borrow from the park desk.
    • Fall Sports Registration opens July 5.
  • The Green Team passed out pollinator seeds during the movie, and will have remaining packets included in the Welcome Bags to new residents. (Their next meeting will be on Wed, July 5 at 7pm)
  • The Safety Team will be planning a personal safety workshop with a tentative date of September 23.
  • The ANA will be reviewing their bylaws and policies this fall, with updates to be proposed by early winter.

Armatage Happy Hour

Monday, July 17 • 7:00-9:00pm
Cafe Maude

Join us for our neighborhood happy hour, and a last chance to say farewell to Cafe Maude which will be closing at the end of July.

Appetizers provided by the ANA. Happy hour pricing on drinks.

NOTE: We are hoping to find a new venue to host this new neighborhood tradition.

Summer Festival

Saturday, August 13 • 3:00-7:00pm

   3:30pm – Magic by Bruce
4:00pm – 3rd Lair in the Skate Park
5:00pm – Live music by White Elephant
Games • Food • Car Show • And more!

Keep up to date on our website and Facebook.

Around the City

Red, White and Boom!

Seasonal Election Help Needed

Neighborhoods 2020

In an effort to frame the future of neighborhood organizations across the City, a number of meetings have been held. Participate in their online survey, view current results, and learn more about these discussions online.

Lake Harriet Trail Update

West Lake Harriet Parkway closed to motorized traffic between 42nd and 44th Street through mid-July. Keep up to date online or sign-up for email updates.

Parks Ecological Survey

Help develop the Ecological System Plan, a vision for more environmentally friendly parks and public spaces.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) are working together to create the Ecological System Plan. This plan will set a vision for making parks and public lands more friendly to the environment.

Ecological System Plan topics include:

  • Air Quality Issues
  • Biodiversity and Habitat Quality
  • Carbon Sequestration
  • Habitat Connectivity
  • Stormwater Runoff
  • Sustainable Energy Generation
  • Urban Heat Island Effect

Take the survey and learn more online.

New Airport Reporting Tool

The MAC releases new reporting tool tracking noise and complaints.

May 18, 2017 eNews

Annual Meeting Highlights

  • Brief presentation regarding the construction to take place at Armatage Montessori (see below).
  • Brief park updates, including an announcement that all parks are going completely tobacco free.
  • Board elections were held (see below).
  • Updates from City Council Member Linea Palmissano
    • Because of the annual increase in crime during summer months, Minneapolis Police and engaging in Strategic Safety Partnerships. Organizations are welcome to connect with the MPD to discuss opportunities.
      • Concerns raised over rising crime, but statistically we have little to no change over the past 5 years, but more awareness through social media.
      • Concerns about policing levels and lack of patrolling in our area. Mostly a result of our low crime levels.
        • Discussion about our staffing levels in comparison to other areas in the country. Refer to this website with data on officers per capita. Minneapolis has about 20 officers for every 10,000 residents, compared to the average for cities of comparable populations of about 19.
    • Organics collection has exceeded its city-wide participation goal ahead of schedule (goal was 40% by July and we were at 42% in March).
    • Gypsy moth spraying communication efforts successful as her office as well the the MDA hotline received no calls. Conditions were ideal and maximum benefits should be gained. Second, and final, application to take place within the next week or so.
    • 54th Street construction should be complete by late September.
  • Updates from Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene
    • The Hennepin County Commission is made up of seven districts. We are in District 3 and the district also includes St. Louis Park. They function much like a corporate board of directors, and help oversee a $2 billion budget. Much of their budget goes towards safety net services, such as health and human services. They also look after county bridges and roads, our county library system and waste disposal.
    • The County be encouraging cities to get involved in organics recycling. In a recent study, organics was the number one area where we could reduce garbage that goes to the burner. Organics can be put toward other uses, so expanding involvement would have many levels of benefit.
    • The County offers microgrants to support small businesses in setting up recycling and composting programs.
    • Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) poses a big threat to our tree canopy which the county deems a natural resource. It is estimated that we will lose 17% of our trees due to EAB. Hennepin County is utlizing gravel bed nurseries to help reduce costs and support the growth and replanting success of new trees.
    • The Southdale Library building will be redeveloped. The county courts have moved to Bloomington and other services into Southdale Mall. It will most likely be a multiuse facility, but ideas are still being generated.
      • Affordable housing was mentioned, which is a County priority

Welcome to our board members – new and old!

There were three new people elected to the board on Tuesday night: Joel, Jim and Stephanie. We look forward to having their insights and energies working for Armatage! Continuing on the board are: Tara, Kelly, Laurel and Judy. Along with other members who are in the middle of their 2-year term, we have 11 members, filling all seats on our board. You can read about our members on our website. Officer elections will take place at our meeting on June 20.

Steve Johnson as ANA President

Steve during is time as president on the ANA in the 90s

Thank you to Steve “The Mayor of Armatage” Johnson!

After 25 years on the Armatage neighborhood board, Steve has been a part of what makes Armatage great. From nearly its inception, Steve as been engaged in helping improve our neighborhood. He was at the groundbreaking for the development of the park and school facilities we see today. We are certain we will see The Mayor at future meetings and Armatage events, and hope he enjoys his much earned retirement!

garage sale
Armatage-Kenny Neighborhood-wide Garage Sales

It’s not too late to register your garage sale for Saturday, June 3! Turn in your registration form by Monday, May 29 to be included on the printed map! Forms available for download on our website. An online map will be available before the sales.

Sign up for Adult Tennis Lessons this summer at Minneapolis parks!

10-week sessions available for Beginner, Advanced Beginner, or Intermediate lessons

Registration is now open for Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Summer Tennis Lessons! With expert coaching from a USTA-trained instructor, our new, innovative program will have you rallying back-and-forth in no time.

We offer a variety of 10-week sessions across different skill levels and locations. Lessons begin in June.  Adult Tennis Lesson Information

National Night Out 2017

There’s still plenty of time to register a National Night Out event for your block, and as a block leader, get a free street permit for block segments that qualify! The highlight of many block clubs is this relaxed, annual get-together, a reunion of neighbors. Need some convincing? Just click on this “highlight reel” from just some of of the events during our 2016 National Night Out. Over 1,200 events took place around Minneapolis and “a fun time was had by all” as they celebrated police-community partnerships.

Natonal Night Out 2017 falls on August 1st this year — always the first Tuesday in August. You can register by using this link — 60 seconds to reserve your NNO packet which includes MOA Nickelodeon Universe Mystery Tickets for kids, and a street permit for most blocks. Permits are free for our block leaders who register by July 18!

We’re looking forward to another record year for the Minneapolis Police Department’s and the community’s participation in National Night Out! Register now!

March 27, 2017 eNews

March Meeting Highlights

  • Neighborhood Community Engagement Committee
    • Future of Neighborhoods • May 8 • 6:00pm (dinner) 6:30-8:30pm (program) • MLK Park — opportunity to learn more and express ideas about neighborhood organizations and how they should operate within the City in the future
    • Requesting update to the 2040 City planning document to move language from a survey reponse to raw data instead of as a planning directive
    • City Community Connections Conference April 1 • Information online (Free)
  • Park Updates
  • City Council Updates
    • Gypsy Moth spraying will take place in late-April or May. The ANA is posting information about the process, and will notify area residents through social media (eNews, website, Facebook, Nextdoor and Twitter) as to the day of spraying once known.
    • As part of the Audit committee, she wants to make sure that all of the promises around the US Bank stadium deal are being honored. She also feels that accountability can be better tracked through the Audit committee for such things as the results from the recently released COPS report regarding the handling of incidents around the Jamar Clark shooting.
    • Tear-downs and home remodeling projects – in general, it seems that things have been running more smoothly in recent years, but it is truly case by case. If you have questions or concerns, check out some resources here, or contact the ANA.
    • Linnea encouraged everyone to get involved, as party caucuses will be starting in April. Watch for ways to learn about candidates, and be sure to vote!
  • Moving Happy Hour to Monday is seen as a good decision and will continue this way for 2017.
  • We continue to get items donated for our Welcome Bags which are delivered to new residents.
  • Newly formed Green Team had a great initial meeting. A few priorities for 2017:
    • Recruit home owners to get involved with our Metro Blooms rain garden program (see below)
    • Promote “Zero Waste” events (including the Summer Festival and National Night Out)
    • Encourage safe and healthy lawn care (will have information available during the Movie in the Park)
  • Variance for 5801 Russell approved.
  • No confirmed transactions or planned development at 54th and Penn.

Spring Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 8
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Armatage Park

Please preregister ($5/child ages 12 and under)

Yard Waste Collection begins April 10

Learn about what is accepted and how to prepare items for collection.

Plastic Bag Ban 6/1

Learn about this new ban and how it may affect you and area businesses.

Armatage + Kenny Neighborhood-wide Garage Sales

Saturday, June 3
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Registration forms now available for our 2017 area garage sales! Deadline to be included on the printed maps is May 29. You can mail or drop forms off to Armatage Park (2500 W 57th St, 55410).

February 24, 2017 eNews

February Meeting Highlights

  • Safety Update: Lt. Anderson presented crime statistics from 2012 through 2016. Our crime levels continue to remain pretty similar year over year with the majority being property crimes, and many of those being crimes of opportunity (unlocked or open doors, etc.).
  • The Minneapolis 2040 planning document currently includes the following 2 statements, which several other neighborhoods are asking the City for clarification and context around. We will be responding as a board regarding our concerns around this issue.
    • “Abolish recognition of neighborhood organizations.”
    • “Neighborhood groups are a great connection to city departments.”
  • Committee Updates: Green Team – members will be attending the Sustainable Behavior workshop on Saturday, hosted by Council Member Palmisano. An initial meeting for those interested in joining Green Team efforts will be scheduled for some time in March.
    Community Engagement – We are still awaiting a project manager for the Washburn Tot Lot improvement planning. We are switching our neighborhood Happy Hour’s to Mondays from 7:00-9:00 pm at Cafe Maude, beginning on March 6, and will be every other month (no Happy Hour on Labor Day). We have gotten several more donations/items to include in our welcome bags for new residents and are working on connecting with even more local businesses.
    Safety Team – Our first efforts to connect with block leaders has encouraged us to keep building these connections and gathering ideas for ways to support the interests of our neighbors.
    Summer Festival – Task lists should be completed soon. We hope to have the car show returning this year with the support of area residents. A planning kick-off meeting will be scheduled in March.


Variance at 5801 Russell

Mike Lindor, on behalf of Mike and Danielle Jostrow, has applied for a variance to reduce the established front yard setback along 58th Street West on a reverse corner lot in order to construct a new single-family dwelling at 5801 Russell Avenue South.

The Minneapolis Board of Adjustment will meet on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at 4:30 p.m., in Room 317 City Hall, 350 S. 5th St., Minneapolis, MN. Interested parties are invited to attend and be heard. Planning Department staff will issue a recommendation to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. After hearing from the public, the Zoning Board of Adjustment will make a determination based on required legal findings of fact. Please visit for the agenda with staff reports (web page will be updated by the end of the day Thursday prior to the meeting date).

In accordance with the Zoning Code, all property owners within 350 feet of the subject property are notified of this public hearing.  Your comments can be made verbally at the meeting, or submitted in writing, to:

Suado Abdi, City Planner
250 South 4
th Street Room 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone (612) 673-2467 Fax (612) 673-2526

The meeting site is wheelchair accessible; if you need other disability related accommodations, such as a sign language interpreter or materials in alternative format; please contact or 612- 673-3737 (673-2157 TTY/VOICE) at least five days prior to the meeting.

PLAN 3764 

VARIANCE – The City’s principal means of controlling land use is the zoning ordinance, which divides the City into different districts.  The individual districts determine lot size, building height, building and parking setbacks, required parking and various other standards.  The Board of Adjustment may grant a variance from these requirements, when the applicant can demonstrate that practical difficulties exist due to circumstances unique to the property.

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Gypsy Moth Treatment

The southern most part of Armatage neighborhood, along with a larger portion of Richfield, will be experiencing Gypsy Moth treatment this spring. Learn more on our website, and watch for updates on Nextdoor and Facebook. You can also sign-up for email updates through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) website (under the 2017 treatments section).

A public meeting will be held by the MDA:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Sheridan Hills Elementary School
6400 Sheridan Avenue S
Richfield, MN 55423

The Summer Parks Guide is now available! Registration begins March 8 at noon.

Bde Maka Ska Planning Meeting

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is partnering with the City of Minneapolis and community members to create a unique public art gathering and memorial space on the shore of Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun).

Public Meeting
Date: Feb. 27, 2017
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: Minneapolis American Indian Center auditorium
Address: 1530 E Franklin Ave.
Topic: Discuss concepts for the gathering space.

SAVE THE DATE: Armatage & Kenny Community Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 8
10:00-11:30 am
Armatage Rec Center
$5/child (pre-register #65740)

Activities begin at 10:00am, followed by the egg hunt at 11:00am. Children are divided into age groups and claim small prizes and candy after the egg hunt.

Caricatures • Live bunnies • Bounce house • Arts & crafts • Continental breakfast

Volunteers needed to help distribute prizes! Please let us know if you can help out.