Category Archives: Park

December 12, 2017 eNews

December Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, December 19
6:30pm • Armatage Community Center

  • Welcome
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update, Nikki Friederich
  • President’s Report
  • Secretary Report – November minutes approved online
  • Treasurer Report
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
      • Washburn Park (Dec 2)
      • Happy Hour (Jan 9)
    • Green Team
      • Rain gardens: final consultations by mid-Dec; property plans by early Jan; install date decided Feb
  • Coordinator Update
    • Tree lighting recap
  • Coordinator Contract
  • New Business
    • Neighborhood Forests
  • Adjourn

Upcoming meetings/events

  • Armatage Happy Hour 1/9
  • Next regular ANA meeting 1/16
  • Fire on Ice 1/19
  • Minneapolis Connections Conference
  • Saturday, February 10th
  • Minneapolis Convention Center

Snow Removal

Minneapolis ordinance requires property owners of houses and duplexes to clear sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowfall, and all other property owners must clear their sidewalks within four daytime hours.

The City has stepped up enforcement activities to ensure compliance with the sidewalk snow and ice ordinance, and it increased the number of staff involved with winter sidewalk inspections. Call 311 to report unshoveled sidewalks and learn more about resources available to people who may need help clearing their sidewalks.

 


Do you enjoy working with older adults and want some part time work?

We are hiring snow removal workers in Hennepin County!

Shovel within 24 hours of end of 2+ inch snowfalls. Commit for the entire season, until the final snow/ice storm of spring. Provide your own equipment & transportation. Paid $16 per hour; hours depend upon snowfall. Can work with multiple senior citizen clients. Age 16+. For details contact Bethany Sapp at seasonalwork@seniorcommunity.org or call 952-767-7886. Located in Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County.


A low-salt diet for our lakes and streams

A little salt can go a long way for managing snow and ice. But too much salt – which may be less than you think – is causing irreversible damage to our lakes and streams.

The danger of ice and snow on roads and sidewalks is a fact of life in Minnesota, and salt and sand can help reduce ice and add traction. When that snow inevitably melts, however, most of that salt and sand wash directly into nearby waters. 

Currently, salt use is not regulated, but it poses a real threat to clean water. The chloride contained in one teaspoon of road salt can permanently pollute five gallons of water. Chloride upsets aquatic environments, can kill birds and some plants, and can impact groundwater used for drinking.

Many people use more salt than they need.  But using more salt does not melt more ice, or melt it faster. In reality, salt only works when the temperature is above 15 degrees. Extra salt crystals will just eventually become a pollutant. It’s best to use no more than one pound of salt per 250 square feet (for scale, a typical parking space is about 150 square feet). One pound of salt fills up a 12-ounce coffee mug.

Want to protect your local lake or stream from chloride pollution? Here are some easy ways you can help:

  • Shovel regularly (a great form of winter exercise) to minimize ice buildup.
  • Break up ice with an ice scraper before deciding if sand or salt is necessary for traction – you may find that it’s not.
  • Salt won’t work if the temperature is below 15 degrees. Use calcium chloride or magnesium chloride instead, or use a small amount of sand for traction.
  • Sweep up any salt that’s visible on dry pavement and use it elsewhere or throw it away. 

By being proactive with your snow management, and using salt and sand wisely, you can save money, time, and the environment without sacrificing safety. Learn more at www.minnehahacreek.org/salt.


Yes, there is still time to register for Winter Youth Sports Leauges

November 14, 2017 eNews

November Meeting Agenda

Nov 21, 2017 • 6:30pm • Armatage Park

  • Welcome
  • Guest: Late Night Take Out/Diamond BBQ
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update, Nikki Friederich
  • President’s Report
  • Secretary Report
    October minutes approved online
  • Treasurer Report
    • Accountant
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
  • Coordinator Update
    • Communication policy
    • Bylaws (link to begin review sent to board)
    • Tree lighting 11/24 at 7pm
    • Business facade grants: Penn Dental
  • New Business
    • Trees for school kids
  • Adjourn

Tree Lighting and Charity Drive

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

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

Enjoy a photo op with a vintage sleigh! 

(Sleigh may be different than one shown)


Minneapolis 2040

Monday, Dec. 11

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Martin Luther King Park multi-purpose room

4055 Nicollet Ave.

Co-hosted by Tangletown, Kingfield, Armatage and Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association

Over the past year, City planners have been doing a lot of listening about the future of Minneapolis. One theme we’ve heard is that everyone must benefit from a growing city. Done right, population growth can help our city become a healthy, sustainable, and thriving place for all. We have some ideas on how to achieve that, and would like to hear your thoughts. 

We want to hear from you!

Engage in Person at Community Meetings in December 

Please attend the interactive engagement event. This event will feature the family-friendly activities created by artists and City-staff, as well as free food from local businesses. 


Washburn Totlot – Park Improvements

You’re invited to TWO community open houses to learn about the Washburn Avenue Totlot’s new playground and provide feedback on its design. The first is On Wednesday, November 22 from 6 to 8 pm; the second Saturday December 2, from 10 am to noon. Both serve the same purpose, so you only need to attend one.

On either day, drop in at the Armatage Recreation Center to:  

  • Review community input from the first engagement event in October
  • Share your thoughts on initial ideas for new playground equipment
  • Use a working model of playground equipment to explore various configurations and combinations

Everyone is welcome!

Details

  • Wednesday, November 22, from 6 pm to 8 pm 
  • OR
  • Saturday December 2, from 10 am to noon 
  • Drop in anytime during either event
  • Armatage Recreation Center, at  2500 W 57th St. (5 blocks from Washburn Avenue Totlot) 

More opportunities to have your say

  • Can’t make it on November 22 or December 2? Join us at a follow-up meeting: Watch for dates and details in an upcoming announcement.
  • For details on this playground project, visit the project webpage.
  • Subscribe to the project’s email list to get announcements for community meetings and other events and to stay informed about the project.
  • Also: Share this email with friends, family and neighbors who may be interested as well! 

November 22, 2017 eNews

Friday night Tree Lighting

& Charity Drive

7:00pm • Armatage Park

Take a break from the craziness of the weekend and join us at the park for a low-key gathering. We will light the trees near the ice rink entrance, enjoy some treats and music, and have a chance to take a photo with an antique sleigh. Plus, we will be collecting diapers and formula for the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery.


November Meeting Highlights

  • Winter sports registration for winter sports open now online. Printed brochures available at the park.
  • Our first business facade grant request is with Penn Dental for their new signage.
  • Welcome to Rachel, our new accountant, who is also an Armatage resident.
  • Proposed next neighborhood happy hour: Tuesday, January 9, 7-9 at Red Wagon

Washburn Park Input Open House

Dec 2 • 10am-noon at Armatage Park

NOTE: There is NOT an open house today. Instead, stop by on Saturday, December 2, to see a completed model of the spaces along with different design options. Construction will begin next Spring, so now is the time to help us create something great!


Minneapolis 2040 Open House

Dec 11 • 5:30-7:30 • MLK Park

This is your opportunity to give input regarding the long-term planning for the City of Minneapolis. Minneapolis 2040 input will guide the comprehensive plan, and help shape the future of our city. Food, activities for kids, etc…so everyone is welcome! Drop in and contribute your thoughts!

October 27, 2017 eNews

Halloween at the Park – is ON

Friday, October 27 • 6:00-8:30pm • Armatage Park 

Moving most activities inside the park building

Wagon Rides (bundle up!) • DJ • Bounce House • Popcorn • Caricature Artist • Storyteller

Sweet Dreams Food Truck.

Costumes Encouraged

Bonfire & S’mores (if weather permits)

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.

Trick-or-Treat in the Gym


Help Design Washburn Park moving inside

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

Moving inside the Armatage park building

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 Armatage park building 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 (anacoordinator@armatage.org).


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!

October 11, 2017 eNews

October Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Quarterly Safety Update
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update, Nikki Friederich
    • Halloween – Trunk or Treat – ANA Station
    • Funding request: $350 for toys for the Toddler Play Time at the park ($170 large blocks; $72 flat bed truck; $99 big rig)
  • President’s Report
  • Secretary Report
    • Electronic votes
      • Approval of Sept minutes
  • Treasurer Report
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
      • Happy Hour – Red Wagon, Tues 10/3
      • Washburn Park – Community meeting 10/28
      • Tree Lighting/Charity Drive
    • Green Team
    • Safety 
    • Summer Festival discuss potential changes
  • Coordinator Update
    • Communication policy
    • Accountant services
    • Bylaws 
  • New Business
  • Adjourn

Halloween at the Park

Friday, October 27 • 6:00-8:30pm • Armatage Park
(weather permitting)

Wagon Rides • Bonfire • DJ • S’mores & Popcorn • Bounce House
Sweet Dreams Food Truck.
Costumes Encouraged

Free Pumpkin Giveaway

Saturday, October 4 • 10:30am-12:30pm

Kelly O’Neil and her real estate team will give away pumpkins at Sunnyside Gardens (3723 W 44th St). Look for the table with red balloons to receive your coupon. Learn more at www.koneil.com.

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.

Trunk-or-Treat

  • Get your group together to build a display! Space is limited, so register soon! Be creative, but please remember this is a family event, so nothing too gory. Find ideas at www.armatage.org
  • Set up begins at 5:00pm. All displays must be ready by 6:00pm. An adult must stay with the vehicle throughout the event, and please plan to stay until 8:30p. 
  • Registration is FREE, plus candy and non-candy treats are provided courtesy of ANA and the Park.

Register by 10/24. Send the following information to our coordinator:

  • Group or organization name 
  • Concept/idea
  • Main contact person (email and phone — and if it okay to text)

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 (anacoordinator@armatage.org).


Minneapolis Street Sweeping Begins Oct 17

Expect to see it starting in Armatage neighborhood the end of October.


Skate park survey

Learn about plans for skate park projects in Minneapolis, and provide your two cents.


Election Day – Tuesday, November 7


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.

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.

Trunk-or-Treat

  • 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 (anacoordinator@armatage.org).


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

FREE

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!

Washburn Park Improvements

Washburn Park Input from park users

We will do our best to share updated regarding improvements coming to the Washburn playground and park area. You can sign-up for updated from the Park, too.!

 

Playground Concept Plan approval is anticipated for Spring 2018. Once the concept, followed by the contract, is approved, construction is planned for Summer 2018.

Below are current (1/18) concept drawings. Feedback is welcome!

Park Location (58th & Washburn)

August 22, 2017 eNews

Thank You for a Great Summer Festival

Mother Nature encouraged a last minute reorganization of parts of our festival indoors, but mostly kept the rain at bay. You can check out event photos on our website or Facebook.

We value your feedback! If you have comments, suggestions, etc. feel free to email our coordinator, or complete this short survey.

This event can happen with out support from

  • Volunteers! Thank you to our board and neighbors who helped sell wristbands, run games, bring back the car show, set up the festival, and more!
  • Sponsors! The groups listed below helped cover event costs so we can continue to hold this community event.
    • Gold Sponsor: 
    • Silver Sponsor: 
    • Bronze Sponsors: 
    •        
  • Area Businesses! Thank you to all the area businesses that donated items to our auction or raffle, hosted a table or activity at our event. A couple of auction items are still available (see below)! Funds raised go towards event costs. Any additional monies we raise allow us to host other neighborhood events, like happy hours or having pizza at our annual meeting.

Finally, we can’t have a great event with out you! Thank you to all the neighbors who came down to enjoy the music, skate park activities, dancers, games, food, car show…you are why we do this!


Silent Auction Items

Select items are available for bidding (or to buy now) through our online auction site through Labor Day. Items include:

  • 1-month gift certificate plus a uniform from Hwa Rang Do Martial Art Academy located at Nicollet and Diamond Lake. ($145 value) Opening Bid: $25  Buy it Now: $65
  • 8×10 print by Karl Jaeger, featuring some of the most celebrated players in Minnestoa Twins history. Autographed by retired player and coach, Tony Oliva. Opening Bid: $15
  • Certificate for a private studio portrait sitting and $200 portrait credit at Bjorn Portraiture ($500 Value) Opening Bid: $50  Buy it Now: $225
  • $125 in services from ZerorezOpening Bid: $25  Buy it Now: $50
  • $100 Gift Certificate to Leonardo’s BasementOpening Bid: $20  Buy it Now: $45
  • Bowling party for up to 40 people at Park Tavern in St Louis Park. ($520 value) Opening Bid: $100  Buy it Now: $240
  • Tangletown Crossfit Beginner Program = 12 classes + open gym (4 weeks) + jump rope ($115 value) Opening Bid: $25  Buy it Now: $50
  • Gift Certificate for $250 from R. F. Moeller JewelerOpening Bid: $50  Buy it Now: $100
  • Game Bag filled with toys, games and 4 classes to the Mathnasium ($200 value) Opening Bid: $40  Buy it Now: $90

Personal Safety Workshop

Saturday, September 23 • 10:00am-Noon

Armatage Rec Center

Sponsored by the Armatage Neighborhood Association, the Self Defense Bros. with present a personal safety workshop. Attendees can expect:

  • An initial brief crime analysis of the Armatage neighborhood to see what areas are being affected by crime, why certain crimes are being committed
  • Academic and practical assessments of situational awareness, or how to be aware of your surroundings and stay safe from crime. 
  • Q&A Session
  • Hands-on self-defense moves and tactics to get out of dangerous situations; pepper spray (inert) & stun gun demonstrations.
  • Q&A Session (if time permits)

This event is free and open to the public. 


Coaches Needed

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is seeking enthusiastic volunteer coaches for youth soccer, flag football and volleyball. 

To receive more information or to express interest in MPRB volunteer opportunities or contact 612-230-6493 or recvolunteers@minneapolisparks.org.


New interactive map tours make it easy to explore public art in Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and City of Minneapolis recently debuted six interactive map tours that make it easy and fun to explore the approximately 300 publicly owned artworks in Minneapolis.

 


Save the Arts with Congressman Keith Ellison

Thursday, August 24th, 6pm-7:30pm

Wurtele Upper Garden (725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis MN)

In Case of Rain: Walker Art Center Garden Terrace Room

Please join me for an event on the importance of federal funding for the arts and humanities! Save the Arts is free and open to the public, and will take place on Thursday, August 24th from 6-7:30pm in the Wurtele Upper Garden (725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis MN).The event will be outdoors and limited seating will be reserved for elderly and disabled attendees. Please bring a blanket to recline on the grass! RSVP on Facebook.



Neighborhoods 2020 Update

NCR has worked with the NCEC to prepare a Draft Summary of Findings. Please note that this is a draft, and is subject to change. You can review the Draft Summary of Findings, Raw Data, and Open Ended Comments on the NCR Web Site.

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 tim.schwarz@minneapolismn.gov 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 (adibella@minneapolisparks.org) 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)