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October 11, 2019 eNews

October 15, 2019 Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Park Update:
    • Halloween at the Park
    • Equipment Needs
  • Guest: City of Minneapolis Regulatory Services
  • Guest: Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board on Parks for All Comprehensive Design
  • Guest: City Council Member Linea Palmisano, Ward 13
  • Coordinator Update – Plan Mod Outreach
    • Washburn Tot Lot pop-up event
    • Door knocking maps & dates
    • Social media
    • Halloween at the Park display and incentives
  • Other Business
  • President’s Report
    • Winter Pedestrian Safety outreach
  • Minutes – approved via email
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Committee Updates
    • Green Team:
      • Litter Be Gone wrap-up
    • Mini Grants:
      • Mural Project
      • Neighborhood Thermal Camera
  • Adjourned


Litter Be Gone: Thank You Volunteers!

Huge thanks to the 22 volunteers who cleaned up our neighborhood streets, sidewalks, parks and storm drains this past Sunday, October 6. We collected 6 huge bags of trash, 5 bags of recycling and 5 yard waste bags of leaves that were clogging storm drains!

The ANA and the Green Team are so grateful to Book Club Restaurant and the citywide Litter Be Gone team for their support of our fall clean-up event!


Funding for Neighborhood Organizations Expires in 2020

We need your help! Funding for neighborhood organizations is set to expire in 2020 and Minneapolis City Council is planning to vote soon on whether or not to continue funding neighborhood organizations, who provide many services to their communities including summer festivals, rain garden grants, micro grants, security rebates and more.

If you find value in these or other services provided by your neighborhood organization and would like funding to continue, please let City Council know with the sample letter at armatage.org/n2020


Share your story for the #WeAreMpls campaign

The #WeAreMpls campaign is a public awareness campaign elevating unique voices in the city reflective of Minneapolis’ rich diversity. The campaign reaffirms the City of Minneapolis’s commitment to be a welcoming place for all people, regardless of ethnicity, race, national origin, gender identity, religion or birthplace.

If you have a story to share, live in Minneapolis and are interested in being featured in the campaign, share your photos and stories on social media with the hashtag #WeAreMpls. You can also share what Minneapolis means to you (350 words max) at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/government/goals/wearempls/


Vision Zero Plan – Comment through October 16

Traffic deaths and severe injuries are unacceptable. Together, we can make our streets safe for everyone. The draft Minneapolis Vision Zero Action Plan outlines steps the City will take in the next 3 years to make progress towards our goal to eliminate traffic deaths and severe injuries on our streets. Learn more and share your thoughts at www.visionzerompls.com.

The City is accepting comments on the draft Vision Zero Action Plan through October 16. You can share feedback online or check out the online open house on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 6:00 PM on the City of Minneapolis Facebook page


Free Workshop on Backyard Accessory Dwelling Units

Monday, October 14th
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
MLK Park (4055 Nicollet Ave S)

Everything you want to know about building backyard cottages, basement and attic apartments in Minneapolis!

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) are a great way for families to provide a home to a relative, earn rental income, or downsize in their own neighborhood. Join the Family Housing Fund at this upcoming workshop and hear from architects, builders, and lenders on how to design, finance, permit, and build your own ADU. Speakers will share presentations on accessory apartments they’ve built across the region and then speak with you one-on-one at booths with even more examples of their work.

The Family Housing Fund is a Twin Cities nonprofit with a 40-year track record of partnering throughout the region to build a strong housing system that allows people, communities, and the region to prosper.



October is Energy Awareness Month

Governor Walz has declared October Energy Awareness Month in Minnesota. The Citizens Utility Board put together a fascinating blog post about our how we generate electricity here in Minnesota and where we’re headed (including links to rebates!).  Check it out at http://cubminnesota.org/october-is-energy-awareness-month/


Change Matters – Sleep Matters

The Wedge and Linden Hills Co-ops have chosen My Very Own Bed as their October Change Matters partner. Change Matters is a register round-up program that promotes the work of local non-profits and invites shoppers to provide critical funding by rounding up their purchases.

My Very Own Bed provides new beds and linens to children in our community who would otherwise be sleeping on the floor or sharing a bed with a parent or sibling. We focus on beds for kids because of the amazing power of sleep to help kids thrive. Healthy sleep helps children fight off illness, enhances growth, improves self-regulation and stress control, and aids learning. We also believe that all children deserve at least a small, comfortable place to call their own.

In October, shoppers at the Wedge Co-op, Wedge Table, and Linden Hills Co-op will be asked to round up their purchases to support My Very Own Bed. Each $200 raised will provide front-door delivery of a new bed and dream kit (new, twin-sized sheets, blanket, mattress pad, pillow, and stuffed animal) to another child. The stores will also collect these dream kit items.

Questions? Reach out to info@myveryownbed.org.

October 3, 2019 eNews

Sign Up for Armatage Litter Be Gone Clean-up

Saturday, October 5
9:00-11:00am

Meet at Book Club (5411 Penn Ave S)

Join the Armatage Green Team to help clean up our neighborhood streets and sidewalks as part of the citywide Litter Be Gone events! This is a perfect volunteer opportunity for children, teens and adults. Plus all volunteers will get 50% off food thanks to the generous folks at Book Club Restaurant after the event!

Learn more and sign up at https://forms.gle/2JR9BvkLATXobqrw9  Huge thanks to Book Club for their support!  In case of heavy rain we’ll push to October 12.


Funding for Neighborhood Organizations Expires in 2020

We need your help! Funding for neighborhood organizations is set to expire in 2020 and Minneapolis City Council is planning to vote soon on whether or not to continue funding neighborhood organizations, who provide many services to their communities including summer festivals, rain garden grants, micro grants, security rebates and more.

If you find value in these or other services provided by your neighborhood organization and would like funding to continue, please let City Council know with the sample letter at armatage.org/n2020


Vision Zero Plan – Comment through October 16

Traffic deaths and severe injuries are unacceptable. Together, we can make our streets safe for everyone. The draft Minneapolis Vision Zero Action Plan outlines steps the City will take in the next 3 years to make progress towards our goal to eliminate traffic deaths and severe injuries on our streets. Learn more and share your thoughts at www.visionzerompls.com.

The City is accepting comments on the draft Vision Zero Action Plan through October 16. You can share feedback online or join us for an open house:


Comprehensive District Design Survey

MPS invites anyone who has students enrolled at MPS schools to complete a survey that focuses on the student placement process. The deadline to complete the survey is October 7th. Click here to take the enrollment survey.

Stay tuned as there will be other opportunities to engage in conversations about the Comprehensive District Design process this fall. Broader input on Comprehensive Design elements will become available in October and throughout the school year.



Last Southwest Parks Master Plan Meeting

At its final meeting, the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will finalize recommendations for each park (including Armatage Park, the Washburn Tot Lot and the 58th & Oliver Triangle). All meetings are open to community members. For more information on the project, visit www.minneapolisparks.org/sw

Community Advisory Committee Meeting #16 – Final Recommendations
Monday, Oct. 7, 5:30 – 8:30 pm (note the longer duration than previous meetings)
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave S
Light dinner and passive children’s activities provided.



Change Matters – Sleep Matters

The Wedge and Linden Hills Co-ops have chosen My Very Own Bed as their October Change Matters partner. Change Matters is a register round-up program that promotes the work of local non-profits and invites shoppers to provide critical funding by rounding up their purchases.

My Very Own Bed provides new beds and linens to children in our community who would otherwise be sleeping on the floor or sharing a bed with a parent or sibling. We focus on beds for kids because of the amazing power of sleep to help kids thrive. Healthy sleep helps children fight off illness, enhances growth, improves self-regulation and stress control, and aids learning. We also believe that all children deserve at least a small, comfortable place to call their own.

In October, shoppers at the Wedge Co-op, Wedge Table, and Linden Hills Co-op will be asked to round up their purchases to support My Very Own Bed. Each $200 raised will provide front-door delivery of a new bed and dream kit (new, twin-sized sheets, blanket, mattress pad, pillow, and stuffed animal) to another child. The stores will also collect these dream kit items.

Questions? Reach out to info@myveryownbed.org.

August 22, 2019 eNews

Washburn Tot Lot Celebration TONIGHT

Thursday, August 22
5:30-7:30pm
5825 Washburn Avenue S

Join the ANA and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for free fruit juice popsicles, games, and bubbles to celebrate the Washburn Tot Lot’s new playground! Bring your neighbors and stop by for a short visit or stay to play.

Read more about the community process behind the new playground here.



Volunteer with TRUST

Local nonprofit TRUST’s Chore Program needs workers! The program provides household chore and maintenance services to older adults living in South Minneapolis—helping them to continue living safely and independently in their own homes. Currently, TRUST is looking for workers—or volunteers—that can do any of the following jobs: yardwork, mowing, small repairs, and house cleaning. If you are interested, please call the TRUST Chore Program at 612-827-6150.

Meals on Wheels Openings

TRUST Meals on Wheels has openings for new Meals on Wheels clients. If you or a parent, friend, or neighbor is in need of a nutritious, hot daily meal delivered right to the door, call Eleonore at 612-822-6040. If you are outside our area, we will direct you.


Development Assistance and Missing Middle Program RFPs

The City of Minneapolis current has two Requests for Proposals to fund the increase of affordable housing in the City.

1. Minneapolis Homes Development Assistance provides funding for new construction 1-4 unit homes on City-owned lots. RFP materials are available at: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/cped/housing/DevelopmentAssistance.

The MHDA RFP submissions are due at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 to MplsHomes@minneapolismn.gov.

2. Missing Middle Housing Pilot Program provides funding for the construction of 3 to 20-unit residential housing in Minneapolis on City-owned lots or privately-owned lots. RFP materials are available at: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/cped/housing/MissingMiddle.

The Missing Middle RFP submissions are due at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 to MplsHomes@minneapolismn.gov.


Thank you sponsors!

Without the generous support of these organizations, the Summer Festival wouldn’t have been possible! Click to learn more about each of this year’s sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:

Gold Sponsors:

     

Silver Sponsors:

Bronze Sponsors:

            

August 9, 2019 eNews

Armatage Summer Festival

Sunday, August 11
4:00 – 7:00pm
Armatage Park

Celebrate Armatage with music, games, food trucks, inflatables, face painting, raffles to support the neighborhood, demos and activities for all ages at our annual Summer Festival this Sunday, August 11 from 4:00-7:00pm at Armatage Park.

Wristbands – $6 each/$18 family max (credit card or cash) give you access to…

  • Unlimited use of four inflatables for big kids and toddlers alike
  • Face painting
  • Make and take art project with ArtStart

Screen printing:

For just $12, screen print your own heavy duty cotton tote for library books, groceries, etc. Or bring your own plain cotton t-shirt to screen print for $8. Perfect for showing your Armatage neighborhood pride year-round!

Free activities:

  • 4:30 pm • Magic by Bruce
  • 5:00-7:00 pm • KidZone interactive entertainment
  • Check out all the awesome vintage, hybrid/EV and plug-in electric rides and vote for your favorites at our annual Car Show
  • Lawn games for all-ages (Giant Jenga, Kan Jam, and more!)
  • Sidewalk chalk and bubbles station
  • 3rd Lair Skateboarding demonstrations and lessons
  • Info tables and activities including:
    • The O’Neil Group – KW Integrity Lakes
    • Eli Johnson – Engel & Volkers
    • Fireside Hearth & Home
    • Penn Avenue Family Dental
    • Family Housing Fund
    • Minneapolis Public Schools
    • Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board: Armatage Park, Neighborhood Naturalists and Parks for All
    • Metro Transit E Line
    • Minneapolis Millers
    • Minneapolis Institute of Arts: Art in the Park

Raffles:

$5/ticket or $20/5 tickets support our neighborhood and enter to win fabulous items donated by our generous neighborhood businesses!


Food trucks:

  • Red Wagon Pizza
  • KCM Eggrolls
  • Twin Cities Paella
  • Sonny’s Ice Cream
  • Lady Kay’s Build Your Own Snow Cones


We appreciate your help in making our event zero waste and composting or recycling your discards at one of three zero waste stations in the park. (Photo credit: City of Ann Arbor)

Please bring refillable water bottles to the festival and fill up at the water station courtesy of Tap Mpls!


Thank you sponsors!

Without the generous support of these organizations, the Summer Festival wouldn’t be possible! Click to learn more about each organization:

Presenting Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

     

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

                  

September 13, 2019 eNews

September 17 Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Park Update:
    • Halloween at the Park
    • Tables for Armatage Rec Center
  • ANA Upcoming Plan Modification – Guests: Aryca Myers & Bob Cooper, City of Minneapolis
    • Current Available Funds
    • Proposed Plan Modification
    • Neighborhood Engagement Process
    • Feedback
  • Summer Festival Evaluation & Recommendations for 2020
  • ANA Fall and Winter programs:
    • Litter Be Gone Clean-up
    • Halloween at the Park
    • Armatage Park Tree Lighting
    • Additional ideas
  • Other Business
  • President’s Report
    • Neighborhoods 2020 messaging update
  • Minutes – approved via email
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
    • Green Team
    • Mini Grants
  • Coordinator Update
    • Washburn Tot Lot Celebration recap
    • ANA Office

Funding for Neighborhood Organizations Expires in 2020

We need your help! Funding for neighborhood organizations is set to expire in 2020 and Minneapolis City Council is planning to vote soon on whether or not to continue funding neighborhood organizations, who provide many services to their communities including summer festivals, rain garden grants, micro grants, security rebates and more.

If you find value in these or other services provided by your neighborhood organization and would like funding to continue, please let City Council know with the sample letter at armatage.org/n2020


Armatage Litter Be Gone Clean-up

Saturday, October 5
9:00-11:00am

Meet at Book Club (5411 Penn Ave S)

Show your neighborhood pride and volunteer to pick up litter from our boulevards, streets, and alleys to keep our waterways clean with the Armatage Green Team on October 5. Sign up by emailing anacoordinator@armatage.org. We’ll meet in the morning, hand out supplies and divide into teams to see who can collect the most trash and recycling before 11:00am. Then after the clean-up, all volunteers can head back over to Book Club to enjoy 50% brunch food.

Kids, teens, and adults are all welcome to sign up. Huge thanks to Book Club for their support!  Rain date: October 12.



Next Southwest Parks Meetings

Two more meetings have been scheduled for this fall to discuss the Southwest Parks Master Plan. Both are open to community members and will have refreshments and self-directed children’s activities. For more information on the project, visit www.minneapolisparks.org/sw

Community Advisory Committee Meeting #15
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 5:30 – 8:30 pm (note the longer duration than previous meetings)
Whittier Recreation Center, 425 W 26th Street

Community Advisory Committee Meeting #16
Monday, Oct. 7, 5:30 – 8:30 pm (note the longer duration than previous meetings)
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave S


The 10th annual Washburn Games

A non-competitive sports sampler for kids ages 4 – 12 to support the Washburn Center for Children
Sunday, September 29
1:30 – 4:30 pm
Bryn Mawr Meadows in Minneapolis
Register online at:
www.washburngames.org

Kids + 3 hours of recess + giving back to the community = The fun-filled Washburn Games ! Kids ages 4 – 12 can try a variety of sports like soccer, volleyball, lacrosse and more, along with crafts, music and fun! Participants can discover their favorite sport (before you sign them up for a season they don’t like) and give back to support their peers through the Washburn Center for Children, Minnesota’s leading nonprofit children’s mental health center.

All participants receive a t-shirt, medal, goodie bag & the joy of helping others. $10 minimum donation per child in advance ($15 day of event). Register today for the September 29 event: www.washburngames.org


Latinx Heritage Month Book Lists

Latinx Heritage Month starts this weekend! Thanks to Hennepin County Library for two great book lists to celebrate the culture and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans. Hear their stories in these fiction and nonfiction book lists.


  
Posters for Parks

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 4:00 – 9:00 pm, Royal Foundry (241 N. Fremont Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405)

This year’s event will feature 41 artists showcasing their parks-inspired prints, available for just $45 each. Just like in years past, 50% of all sales will go toward People for Parks’ efforts to support community-driven projects and ideas in Minneapolis public parks. The other 50% of each sale will go to the artist. Artist previews – sneak peeks – event information and more on Facebook!


Prevent Garage Burglaries

The Kenny and Lynnhurst neighborhoods saw a spike in garage burglaries in late August. The suspects entered through both secured and unsecured doors and by using the garage door opener from their vehicle parked outside. Suspects stole bikes and other miscellaneous items.

What you can do:

  • Always keep your home and garage secured and locked. Also, always lock your vehicle doors inside your garage and take all valuables out of the vehicle. (including small change, insurance and registration information)
  • Never leave your garage door opener in your car outside of your garage unlocked.
  • Consider in investing in Wi-Fi Security Cameras. This aids in helping investigators identify potential suspects. Motion lights on garage doors and homes are also a good deterrent for burglars.
    • Armatage residents can get a rebate of up to $100 reimbursed on eligible safety upgrades through our Safety Rebate Program.
  • Call 911 to report suspicious activity. This includes strangers walking down your alley and looking in garages, loitering, or vehicles circling the block with occupants you don’t recognize.
  • Burglars commonly knock on doors to see if anyone is home. Please call 911 to report any suspicious persons who knock on your door or ring your doorbell. For example, someone giving you a name of a person they are looking for, who doesn’t live there!
  • If you are burglarized, do not contaminate the crime scene. Do not enter your home until police have cleared it of possible suspects. Do not touch any suspected entry points or items that may have been moved or touched by the burglar. Do not “clean up” until after police have investigated.

If you have any information regarding these incidents please contact the 5th Precinct Property Crimes Unit at (612) 673-5715.

September 5, 2019 eNews


September Neighborhood Happy Hour

Tuesday, September 10
7:00-9:00pm
Red Wagon Pizza

Meet neighbors and catch up on everything that’s happening around Armatage at our first Neighborhood Happy Hour of the fall!

Helpful details: no RSVP needed, pizza is free, cash bar, kids are welcome and help tipping our servers is appreciated.


Funding for Neighborhood Organizations Expires in 2020

We need your help! Funding for neighborhood organizations is set to expire in 2020 and Minneapolis City Council is planning to vote soon on whether or not to continue funding neighborhood organizations, who provide many services to their communities including summer festivals, rain garden grants, micro grants, security rebates and more.

If you find value in these or other services provided by your neighborhood organization and would like funding to continue, please let City Council know with the sample letter at armatage.org/n2020


Armatage Green Team Meeting

Thursday, September 12
7:15-8:45pm
Armatage Recreation Center

Join the Armatage Green Team for its first meeting of the fall to plan our upcoming Litter Be Gone neighborhood clean-up on October 5 from 9:00-11:00am. Whether you’ve attended Green Team meetings in the past, thought about making one, or are brand new, you are welcome!  With fall and winter programs on the horizon, now is a perfect time to get involved.

Not able to make it but want to sign up for the October 5 clean-up? Send us an email!



2040 Comprehensive Plan Update

The City of Minneapolis’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan will go before the Metropolitan Council for review later this month. Following Met Council approval, the Minneapolis City Council will take final action to approve the plan on October 11. Learn more and check out the full timeline for approval at https://minneapolis2040.com.


Volunteer for Pedestrian & Bicycle Counts

Volunteers are needed to count the number of bicyclists and pedestrians at several locations around the city. The main days for counting will be September 10-12. All count shifts are from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Bicyclist and pedestrian counts are conducted in order to understand the impact of non-motorized traffic on streets, sidewalks, and trails. Accurate counts enable the City to plan and build for bicyclists and pedestrians, while tracking what’s successful and what should be done differently.

If you’re interested in volunteering for any of these counts, register online or contact Chris Kartheiser at Chris.Kartheiser@minneapolismn.gov 612-673-2544.



Become a Certified Master Water Steward

Apply to become a trained and certified as a Master Water Steward and you will join a team of people who have dreamed up, created, and installed projects that make measurable impacts on water health, prevent pollution and educate community members to conserve and protect our waterways. Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2019 cohort of Master Water Stewards.

Attend an upcoming info session on September 10 or 17 and learn about the application requirements at masterwaterstewards.org


Missing Middle Housing Program RFP

The City of Minneapolis currently has a Request for Proposals to fund the increase of affordable housing in the City through the Missing Middle Housing Pilot Program, which provides funding for the construction of 3 to 20-unit residential housing in Minneapolis on City-owned lots or privately-owned lots. RFP materials are available at: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/cped/housing/MissingMiddle. RFP submissions are due at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 to MplsHomes@minneapolismn.gov.

July 12, 2019 eNews

July 16, 2019 Agenda

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Park Update:
    • Ice Skates
    • Fall Activity Registration
  • Guest: Ira Jourdain, Minneapolis Public Schools Board Member, on MPS Comprehensive District Design
  • Summer Festival
    • Screen printing
    • Event volunteer schedule
    • Board t-shirts
    • Zero waste (Green Team)
    • Tables and raffles
    • Set up and take down
  • Other Business
  • President’s Report
    • Neighborhoods 2020 community message
  • Minutes – approved via email
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Committee Updates
    • Green Team:
      • Save the date for Mpls Litter Be Gone Clean-up – Oct 5
    • Mini Grants:
      • Approve 2019 Grant Recipients
  • Coordinator Update
    • Business facade grant application
    • Washburn Tot Lot Celebration volunteers
    • NCEC elections
    • Website PHP upgrade
    • No ANA meeting in August

***Upcoming meetings/events

Jul 17 – NCEC Elections (6:00 pm, Crown Roller Mill – 105 5th Avenue South)

Aug 6 –  National Night Out

Aug 11 – Summer Festival (4:00 – 7:00 pm)

Aug 22 – Washburn Tot Celebration (5:30-7:30 pm)


Armatage Summer Festival

Sunday, August 11
4:00 – 7:00pm

Celebrate Armatage with music, games, food trucks, inflatables, face painting, raffles to support the neighborhood, demos and activities for all ages at our annual Summer Festival on Sunday, August 11 from 4:00-7:00pm at Armatage Park. Click here to learn all about this year’s event!

We’re still looking for a few more neighborhood businesses, food vendors, artists/makers, and community organizations to table or serve food at the Summer Festival. Sign up here.


Sign up for the Summer Festival Car Show

Got a vintage, unique, hybrid or plug-in/EV car? Sign up to showcase it at the Summer Festival’s Car Show on Sunday, August 11 from 4:00-7:00pm! Festival attendees will vote on Kid’s Favorite and Overall Favorite with the winners taking home a gift card to a neighborhood spot. Sign up to be a part of the 2019 Car Show!


National Night Out

Tuesday, August 6

Learn more about NNO and register your block today! The deadline to register for a free permit to close your street is July 23.

The following blocks in Armatage don’t have a block leader registered yet. If you live on one of them and are thinking of getting to get more involved, hosting a National Night Out potluck block party with your neighbors is a great way to try it out:

58XX WASHBURN AV S59XX WASHBURN AV S61XX WASHBURN AV S56XX XERXES AV S57XX XERXES AV S59XX XERXES AV S60XX XERXES AV S59XX VINCENT AV S65XX THOMAS AV S61XX THOMAS AV S56XX PENN AV S57XX PENN AV S60XX PENN AV S61XX PENN AV S59XX OLIVER AV S61XX QUEEN AV S


Upcoming Meetings on Southwest Park Designs

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board is in the midst of discussing updated concept designs for parks and park-owned properties in Southwest Minneapolis.

If you’ve been meaning to get to a Community Advisory Committee meeting, you still have a few more chances.  Snacks and passive children’s activities are provided. Please contact Cindy Anderson at 612-230-6472 or canderson@minneapolisparks.org to request language, access or interpretation accommodations.

CAC Subcommittee Meeting on Fields/Diamonds at Kenny/Armatage/Pershing/Linden Hills

Monday, July 15, 2019, 6-8 pm

Lynnhurst Recreation Center, 1345 W Minnehaha Parkway

CAC Meeting #12

Thursday, July 25, 2019, 6-8 pm

Pershing Recreation Center, 3523 W 48th St.

Can’t make it?

Minnehaha Creek Master Plan

New concept designs are also available for the Minnehaha Creek Master Plan. Follow the link above for more information on that project.


Free Summer Events & Activities with Hennepin County

Events at Target Field Station:

  • Monday Movie Nights: July 15 and 29, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Thursday Trivia Nights: July 25, 7:00-8:00pm.

Events at Hennepin County Government Center:

  • Tuesdays: Farmers Market: 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Wednesdays: Yard Games and Activities: 11:30am-1:30pm
  • Thursdays: Piano Music: 12:00-1:00pm

Learn more at mplsdowntown.com/gooutside/. Follow along on social media using #mymplsdt

July 5, 2019 eNews


July Neighborhood Happy Hour

Tuesday, July 9
7:00-9:00pm
Red Wagon Pizza

Meet neighbors and catch up on all things Armatage at our July Neighborhood Happy Hour. Pizza is free, cash bar, and help tipping our servers is always appreciated!


Armatage Summer Festival

Sunday, August 11
4:00 – 7:00pm

Celebrate Armatage with music, games, food trucks, inflatables, face painting, raffles to support the neighborhood, demos and activities for all ages at our annual Summer Festival on Sunday, August 11 from 4:00-7:00pm at Armatage Park.

We’re still looking for a few more neighborhood businesses, food vendors, artists/makers, and community organizations to table or serve food at the Summer Festival. Sign up here.


Upcoming Town Hall on July 9

Join Rep Jamie Long, Senator Scott Dibble and Rep Frank Hornstein at their upcoming Town Hall this Tuesday, July 9 from 6:00-7:30pm. Hear about the 2019 legislative session, ask questions, and then head on over to our Neighborhood Happy Hour at Red Wagon.


Upcoming Meetings on Southwest Park Designs

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board is in the midst of discussing updated concept designs for parks and park-owned properties in Southwest Minneapolis.

If you’ve been meaning to get to a Community Advisory Committee meeting, you still have a few more chances.  Snacks and passive children’s activities are provided. Please contact Cindy Anderson at 612-230-6472 or canderson@minneapolisparks.org to request language, access or interpretation accommodations.CAC Meeting #11
Thursday, July 11 2019, 6-8 pm
Lynnhurst Recreation Center, 1345 W Minnehaha Parkway

CAC Subcommittee Meeting on Fields/Diamonds at Kenny/Armatage/Pershing/Linden Hills
Monday, July 15, 2019, 6-8 pm
Lynnhurst Recreation Center, 1345 W Minnehaha Parkway

CAC Meeting #12
Thursday, July 25, 2019, 6-8 pm
Pershing Recreation Center, 3523 W 48th St.

Can’t make it?

Minnehaha Creek Master Plan

New concept designs are also available for the Minnehaha Creek Master Plan. Follow the link above for more information on that project.



Minneapolis Minimum Wage Increase

The minimum wage in Minneapolis increased this week! For more information, visit minimumwage.minneapolismn.gov and review the FAQ’s. For additional questions or consultation, email minwage@minneapolismn.gov, or call 311 and request a callback from a minimum wage outreach specialist/attorney.



Turning Garages, Basements, and Backyards into Housing

More than 130 local families have added an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) to their homes in the four short years since Minneapolis adopted an ADU ordinance. If you’re curious about how an ADU could help your family, then check out our free Home + home: Twin Cities ADU Guidebook, found at www.fhfund.org/adu/.

What is an ADU, you ask? You probably know them as basement and attic apartments, mother-in-law units, and backyard cottages. Whatever you call them, you can use one to downsize while staying in your own neighborhood. You can provide an affordable home to elderly or young relatives alike. And you can strengthen your family’s finances by renting the ADU out. Check out the guidebook to learn more! Article by David Wade, ADU Outreach Coordinator, Family Housing Fund


Free Summer Events & Activities with Hennepin County

Events at Target Field Station:

  • Monday Movie Nights: July 8, 15 and 29, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Thursday Trivia Nights: July 11 and 25, 7:00-8:00pm.

Events at Hennepin County Government Center:

  • Tuesdays: Farmers Market: 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Wednesdays: Yard Games and Activities: 11:30am-1:30pm
  • Thursdays: Piano Music: 12:00-1:00pm

Learn more at mplsdowntown.com/gooutside/. Follow along on social media using #mymplsdt

August 6, 2019 eNews

Armatage Summer Festival

Sunday, August 11
4:00 – 7:00pm
Armatage Park

Celebrate Armatage with music, games, food trucks, inflatables, face painting, raffles to support the neighborhood, demos and activities for all ages at our annual Summer Festival on Sunday, August 11 from 4:00-7:00pm at Armatage Park.

Click here to learn all about this year’s event!

New this year: screen printing!

For just $12, screen print your own heavy duty cotton tote for library books, groceries, etc. Or bring your own plain cotton t-shirt to screen print for $8. Perfect for showing your Armatage neighborhood pride year-round!

Thank you sponsors!

Without the generous support of these organizations, the Summer Festival wouldn’t be possible! Click to learn more about each organization!

Presenting Sponsor:

Gold Sponsors:

     

Silver Sponsors:

Bronze Sponsors:

            


National Night Out

Tonight – Tuesday, August 6

National Night Out is tonight!  Thanks to everyone who registered their block! Tonight’s weather looks perfect and we hope you have a wonderful time reconnecting with neighbors!


Zero waste

This year, instead of creating a mountain of garbage at your block party, take these easy steps to go zero waste:

  • Before the event: opt for recyclable packaging and 100% compostable tableware (look for the BPI certified logo) and ask neighbors to do the same. Or, have everyone bring their own washable plates, cups and utensils.
  • Event set up: Create a zero waste station with large organics and recycling bins and a small trash bin. Find links to download free colorful bin labels with pictures at armatage.org.
  • At and after the event: Help neighbors understand where items go. Keep an eye on the bins and pull out items that land in the wrong spot. Take pictures of what you collect at the end of the party and send them to neighbors with a thank you.

Sign up for the Summer Festival Car Show

Got a vintage, unique, hybrid or plug-in/EV car? Sign up to showcase it at this weekend’s Car Show at the Summer Festival on Sunday, August 11 from 4:00-7:00pm! Festival attendees will vote on Kid’s Favorite and Overall Favorite with the winners taking home a gift card to a neighborhood spot. Sign up to be a part of the 2019 Car Show!



Volunteer at the Summer Festival

Need some fun volunteer hours for you, your older child or teen? The ANA has just a few volunteer openings left to help make the Summer Festival zero waste. Volunteer from 3:45-5:30pm and get a free wristband or raffle ticket as a thank you.  Sign up in a team or solo: it’s quick, easy and we’ll help you learn everything you need to know at the start of your shift!

Sign up here and help support our community!


The new hands-free law took effect last week.  Drivers are only allowed to use their cell phones to make calls, text, listen to audio and/or get directions only by voice commands or single-touch activation without holding the phone. While driving, phones may NOT be held in the driver’s hand. Watching videos, video calling, Snapchat, gaming and similar activities on a cell phone are prohibited at all times while driving. Learn more at https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ots/hands-free/


Southwest Parks Master Plan Summer Schedule

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board is in the midst of discussing plans for parks and park-owned properties in Southwest Minneapolis.

If you’ve been meaning to get to a Community Advisory Committee meeting, you still have a few more chances.  Snacks and passive children’s activities are provided. Please contact Cindy Anderson at 612-230-6472 or canderson@minneapolisparks.org to request language, access or interpretation accommodations.

SW Service Area Master Plan CAC Meeting #13

Thu, Aug 8, 2019 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Lynnhurst Recreation Center, 1345 W Minnehaha Parkway

Community Advisory Committee (CAC) members will review and discuss preferred park concept designs and provide recommendations to the project team for Board review. All CAC meetings are open to the public and include light refreshments and passive children’s activities.

CAC Subcommittee Meeting #2 on Fields and Diamonds at Armatage, Kenny, Linden Hills, and Pershing

Wed, Aug 14, 2019 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Lynnhurst Recreation Center, 1345 W Minnehaha Parkway

Community Advisory Committee (CAC) members who represent the areas where Armatage, Kenny, Linden Hills, and Pershing are located, along with city-wide representatives, will review and discuss the fields and diamonds mix for Armatage, Kenny, Linden Hills, and Pershing parks.

SW Service Area Master Plan CAC Meeting #14

Mon, Aug 19, 2019 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Kenwood Recreation Center, 2101 West Franklin Avenue
Community Advisory Committee (CAC) members will review and discuss preferred park concept designs and provide recommendations to the project team for Board review. All CAC meetings are open to the public and include light refreshments and passive children’s activities.

Can’t make it?

Minnehaha Creek Master Plan

New concept designs are also available for the Minnehaha Creek Master Plan. Follow the link above for more information on that project.

Armatage Neighborhood Funds

Huge thanks to the 160 community members who weighed in on the funding plan. The overall approval rate of 89.4%. Based on the comments received, the plan stayed consistent and the remaining $15,000 was allocated to the following priorities:

  • An extra $7,000 to Traffic Calming & Pedestrian Safety, bringing the plan total to $17,000,
  • $4,000 to Park Improvements (joining the $24,000 approved for parks in previous years by the ANA),
  • $4,000 to Environmental & Greening Programming.

Background:

City funding for neighborhood organizations like the ANA expires in 2020. There isn’t yet a new plan in place for 2021 and beyond but funding is expected to decrease significantly (or possibly end entirely – see armatage.org/N2020 for more info).

Here’s the Draft Funding Plan we presented to the neighborhood to allocate Armatage’s $220,500 in remaining, unspent funds to keep popular programs and community services operating for the next 4+ years:

  • $40,000 for Rain Gardens: Subsidies for renters and homeowners to install a low cost rain or native gardens to minimize runoff, filter and clean groundwater, and increase pollinator habitat
  • $15,000 for Safety Rebates: Rebates of up to $100 for residents annually for qualifying home safety upgrades. Up to $1,000/yr for businesses (lifetime max of $2,000)
  • $6,000 for Informal Gatherings: Pop-up events and Neighborhood Happy Hours
  • $14,000 for Mini Grants: Grants up to $1,0000 awarded to complete a project focused on the Armatage Neighborhood.
  • $78,500 for Staffing:
    • $70,000 for Program Implementation: Coordination for ANA’s programs, events, communications, volunteer coordination and outreach.
    • $8,500 for Accounting: Accounting and financials for ANA’s work.
  • $10,000 for Traffic Calming and Pedestrian Safety: Support improvements to neighborhood signage, pedestrian and/or bicycle infrastructure, lighting, etc.
  • $44,000 for Community Engagement:
    • $15,000 for Events and Programs: Support Summer Festival, Green Team events, Welcome Bags, park events, and other community programs
    • $5,000 for Supplies and Materials: Office supplies and materials to support community engagement.
    • $24,000 for Neighborhood Communications: Armatage News print newsletters, mailing and printing expenses, digital communications and website.
  • $15,000 – OPEN. Community members were asked to give their ideas.

Community Engagement:

The ANA at the Washburn Tot Lot Pop-up with free coffee, hot cider, cookies and funding plan info!

From October 14 through November 19, the ANA sought community input on the overall plan and ideas for the $15,000 in open funds through…

  • October Armatage News delivered to every address in the neighborhood
  • Online survey
  • Text
  • Email
  • Door knocking
  • Weekly messages on Nextdoor, Facebook, Twitter and the Armatage eNews
  • Events:
    • Armatage Park Halloween • Friday 10/25 • 6:00-8:30pm
    • Washburn Tot Lot Play Date • Saturday 11/2 • 3:00-5:00pm
    • Neighborhood Happy Hour • Tuesday 11/12 • 7:00-9:00pm at Red Wagon Pizza
    • Monthly Neighborhood Meeting & Final Vote • Tuesday 11/19 • 6:30pm at Armatage Rec Center. Anyone 18 and older who lives in the Armatage Neighborhood or is a designated representative of a neighborhood business was eligible to vote.