Category Archives: Park

March 15, 2018 eNews

March 20, 2018 Agenda

  • Welcome
  • President’s Report
    • Approval 2017 Annual Report
    • 2020 Roadmap (see below)
    • May annual meeting (Topic/Structure)
  • Secretary Report – February minutes approved online
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Park Update
    • Egg Hunt (3/24) – registration required; volunteers needed to hand out prizes (see below)
    • Movie Night (7/9) Mighty Ducks
    • Sports and summer program registrations open
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
      Washburn Park Update – final public input opportunity held 3/14
      Happy Hour (held March 6) – discuss future plans
      Neighborhood Garage Sale (June 2) online registration & payment available
    • Green Team
      Meeting update
    • Safety (Gary)
      Safety proposal
      Lola’s / security cameras
    • Summer Festival – list sent to board to start task assignments
      Showmobile booked
      Food vendors: Red Wagon, LaLa Homemade Ice Cream
      Band: Chime
      Sponsorship
      Carnival games (to continue or not)
    • Micro-grant program
  • Coordinator Update
    SW Area Parks Community Advisory Committees (CACs)
    Neighborhood Forests
  • New Business
    iMatter Minneapolis (email forwarded to board)

Adjourn
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Upcoming meetings/events

Egg Hunt 3/24 – Park – 10:00-11:30am – Registration Required
ANA meeting 4/17 – Rec Center – 6:30pm


Metro Blooms – Workshop at Armatage

Installing Turf Alternatives
$15 per household

Location: Armatage Recreation Center
2500 West 57th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410

Installing Turf Alternatives – Your Guide to a Low Maintenance Lawn, covers the advantages of using perennial ground covers to minimize the need for irrigation and chemical inputs while maximizing ecological benefits. It also demonstrates handy how-tos for replacing traditional turf by installing and maintaining two popular types of turf alternatives: Low Maintenance Lawns and Bee Lawns, which support pollinators and clean water.

Participants learn:

—The what, how & why of converting traditional lawn into low-input turf alternatives that support pollinators and clean water. :

—Presentation followed by questions and a facilitated discussion on common barriers.


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.


Save the Date

Armatage & Kenny Neighborhood-wide Garage Sales

Saturday, June 2 • 8:00-4:00pm
Online registration and payment available.

Armatage Movie in the Park

Monday, July 9 • Dusk • Mighty Ducks
Armatage Summer Festival
Sunday, August 12 • 4:00-7:00pm


Neighborhoods 2020 Roadmap

Document open for public comment through April 30

Neighborhoods 2020 is a planning process for the funding and implementation of neighborhood-centric programming. You have the chance to submit your opinions and help shape the decisions about neighborhood funding, programs and oversight. The 2020 Roadmap presents three proposals to consider, and hopes further ideas may bring forth a solution that best supports the grassroots organizational success our City has experienced, while expanding opportunities for a changing society.

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
6:00-8:00pm
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

February 17, 2018 eNews

February 20, 2018 Agenda Updates

6:30 – Welcome

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

Abbreviated business meeting

7:00 – 8:30 Palmisano Presents: A Conversation on Pedestrian Safety
Join us for a conversation with City of Minneapolis staff to discuss pedestrian safety issues and learn more about the Vision Zero initiative across our city.

Individuals from Traffic and Parking Services and the MPD 5th Precinct will be present to help answer questions, discuss policies, and listen to your concerns regarding the recent 54th and Penn tragedy.

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Upcoming meetings/events

  • Happy Hour 3/6 at Red Wagon (7-9p)
  • ANA meeting 3/20
  • Egg Hunt 3/24


What’s Happening at the Park?

  • Weather permitting, ice rinks and warming houses will remain open through February 25
  • Spring/Summer Sports Registration opens Wednesday, February 28th at noon www.kennyarmatagesports.com (flyers attached)
  • Summer Program registration opens Wednesday, February 28th at noon www.minneapolisparks.org
  • Armatage/Kenny Egg Hunt is 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
6:00-8:00pm
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.

January 18, 2018 eNews

Fire on Ice
Neighborhood Ice Skating Party

Friday • 6:00-8:30pm
FREE

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 anacoordinator@armatage.org.

www.mobilemendersewing.com

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.

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!