Category Archives: Neighborhoods 2020

July 8, 2020 eNews

Public Safety Conversations & Proposed Charter Amendment

Council Member Linea Palmisano is hosting several community dialogues virtually over the next week on the future of public safety in our city. Hour long calls are offered at different times to fit into your schedule and each has a limited capacity of participants. Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040449A9A628ABFC1-palmisano

Learn more about the City Council’s proposed charter amendment at http://www2.minneapolismn.gov/charter/WCMSP-225116 If passed, it would create a new Community Safety & Violence Prevention Department and remove the Police Department from the Charter. Submit comments and feedback directly to the Commission by emailing councilcomment@minneapolismn.gov or at the link above.


Next Armatage Virtual Happy Hour: July 14

Tuesday, July 14 | 8:00-9:00pm
Zoom link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/502813335

Grab a snack or drink and join Armatage neighbors for our next Virtual Happy Hour on Zoom! This month is hosted by our Mini Grant Committee and the topic is what neighborhood project would you do with $1,000? Teens and older kids are encouraged to join and share their ideas. Anyone with a connection to Armatage can apply for a Mini Grant during our next funding round. Learn more about Virtual Happy Hours here.


Stay at Home & Vote by Mail

All Minnesota voters are eligible to vote by mail This year in particular, we encourage you to stay safe and minimize direct contact with others while exercising your civic duty. It only takes a couple minutes to request ballots for both the August 11 primary and the general election. Ballots will arrive with postage-paid envelopes for return. Complete the vote by mail application online here.

Vote early in-person

Early voting has also started for the August 11 State Primary. Visit the Minneapolis Early Vote Center (980 East Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis MN 55414) Monday-Friday between 8:00am and 4:30pm (Saturday hours start in August) if you prefer to vote early in-person. Schedules are posted at vote.minneapolismn.gov/events/ and don’t forget your mask!

Track my mail ballot

You can track the status of your ballot or confirm that it was received back and accepted without problem.



Pick up a Free 20 is Plenty Yard Sign

Did you know that both Minneapolis and Saint Paul are in the process of implementing new, lower speed limits to support safer streets? Starting this fall, the new speed limit will be 20 mph in both cities unless otherwise signed. Many busier streets already have new 25 mph speed limit signs installed. Learn more about new speed limits here.

To help get out the word out, you can pick up a free “20 is Plenty” yard sign at any Minneapolis Fire Station, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm from July 6 to July 24 while supplies last. Due to COVID-19, signs will be available outside the stations for no-contact pickup. Signs come with metal stands. Find your nearest fire station here.


Armatage Safety Rebate Program Turns Two!

Cheers to two years of the Armatage Safety Rebate program! Since starting in July 2018, we’ve given out 180 residential rebates and 3 business rebates and counting.

How it works: to increase neighborhood safety, the ANA provides a rebate for the first $100 in expenses for eligible home safety improvements per address per calendar year (no lifetime cap). The residential program is open to both renters and homeowners.  For businesses, the rebate is up to $1,000/ year for businesses ($2,000 lifetime cap). Learn more about eligible expenses and apply for a rebate at  https://armatage.org/programs/safety-rebate-program


Upcoming Trainings on Resilience, Peace and Healing Racial Trauma

When terrible things happen, like racism, police brutality, and COVID-19, our peace has been stolen from us. Intro to STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience) for Cultural Competence trainings teach how to build culturally competent peace back into our lives and communities with justice for all.

2-hour online trainings are led by the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute and are partially funded by the City of Minneapolis’ Office of Violence Prevention to promote racial trauma healing, resilience, and restorative justice for all who live, work, and/or play in Minneapolis. Pay-what-you-can up to $30. Minnesota social workers, teachers, and nurses can earn 2 hours of continuing education for $45.

Click the date/time link to register:
Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 2pm – 4pm CST
Friday, July 17, 2020, 10am – 12pm CST
Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 2pm – 4pm CST
Thursday, July 23, 2020, 10am – 12pm CST
Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 2pm – 4pm CST
Friday, July 31, 2020, 10am – 12pm CST



Revised City Budget Public Hearings

The City Council’s Budget Committee will hold two public hearings in July on proposed revisions to the City’s 2020 budget. Minneapolis faces a significant revenue shortfall as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and needs to make cuts to the City’s roughly $1.5 billion budget. Community members can engage and share their voices in this process during two online public hearings:

  • 6:05 pm Tuesday, July 14
  • 10:00 am Wednesday, July 22

You can watch or participate in the online meetings. The City Council is scheduled to vote July 24 on a revised 2020 budget. For more information about the City’s budget, visit the City’s website.


Minneapolis Minimum Wage Increases

The minimum wage in Minneapolis is now $11.75 for small employers (100 or fewer employees) and $13.25 for large employers (more than 100 employees).

For technical information or risk-free consultation, visit minimumwage.minneapolismn.gov or email minwage@minneapolismn.gov. For more in-depth advice for businesses, including expanded Business Technical Assistance Program legal services, email smallbusiness@minneapolismn.gov.



Emergency Rental Assistance Available

Hennepin County is still accepting applications for its emergency rental assistance program. Learn more and apply at www.hennepin.us/residents/human-services/emergency-rental-covid19 While evictions are suspended until July 13, rent is still due so please share this resource widely.



Select Minneapolis Wading Pools Now Open

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board has opened 18 wading pools across the city. Our closest options are MLK Park (41st & Nicollet) and Bryant Square Park (31st & Bryant). Click here to learn more about locations and hours, social distancing guidelines, and restroom info. 


National Night Out Postponed to Sept 15

Due to COVID-19, National Night Out has been postponed until September 15 this year. Block leaders can register their event and request to close their street here for this annual nationwide event that encourages residents to get out in the community, hold block parties and get to know their neighbors.


Donate Face Masks for Mask Drive Mondays

Minneapolis residents can still deliver homemade masks to their local fire station from 10:00am-2:00pm every Monday for Mask Drive Mondays.  Our closest fire stations are at 2810 W 50th St and 5410 Nicollet Ave S.

Please plan to stay 6 feet away from others when dropping off your donation. The City of Mpls will distribute the donated masks throughout Minneapolis to residents, organizations and businesses that are most in need.


Proposed Armatage Neighborhood Funding Cuts

The City of Minneapolis is considering a plan that would drastically reduce the annual funding for Armatage and many other neighborhoods. The last few months have reinforced how critical strong, local communities are and we believe there can be a better balance that will increase funding for equity while allowing small neighborhoods like Armatage to keep doors open.

We Need Your Help

The comment period deadline has been extended to September 30. Visit armatage.org/n2020 for a message you can copy and send to the Mpls City Council.

Neighborhoods 2020

You Could Lose Your Neighborhood Association. We Need Your Help.

Funding for neighborhood organizations like the ANA expires in December. The City is considering a new funding plan that would have equity goals for neighborhoods’ work and increase funding for areas of the city that need it most. But it would also drastically reduce the annual base funding for Armatage and many other neighborhoods to such a degree that many core services will be in jeopardy.

If you value the ANA and our continued work in the neighborhood, please take a few minutes to comment before the deadline of September 30, 2020 at 11:59pm. Feel free to use our sample comment below or write your own.


Submit a Public Comment

Check out the Draft Funding Plan here and submit a comment by September 30, 2020 at 11:59pm.  Comment through email using our draft below or via phone, text or postal mail (visit minneapolismn.gov/ncr/2020 for more info).

Copy and paste the Neighborhoods 2020 and all City Council member/staff email addresses into the “recipient” address line:

Neighborhoods2020@minneapolismn.gov
kevin.reich@minneapolismn.gov
cam.gordon@minneapolismn.gov
steve.fletcher@minneapolismn.gov
phillipe.cunningham@minneapolismn.gov
Ward4GeneralInbox@minneapolismn.gov
jeremiah.ellison@minneapolismn.gov
Danielle.hans@minneapolismn.gov
maryan.sharif-abdinassir@minneapolismn.gov
abdi.warsame@minneapolismn.gov
Ryan.SanCartier@minneapolismn.gov
Yusra.Arab@minneapolismn.gov
lisa.goodman@minneapolismn.gov
andrea.jenkins@minneapolismn.gov
alondra.cano@minneapolismn.gov
dylan.kesti@minneapolismn.gov
graham.faulkner@minneapolismn.gov
Lisa.bender@minneapolismn.gov
Jeremy.schroeder@minneapolismn.gov
Andrew.Johnson@minneapolismn.gov
linea.palmisano@minneapolismn.gov

Use this template for your email or write your own personal comment:

Subject:

Neighborhoods 2020 Public Comment

Body:

Dear Minneapolis City Council Members and NCR Staff,

As an Armatage resident, my neighborhood supports the equity goals outlined in the draft Neighborhoods 2020 plan and the emphasis placed on engaging historically underrepresented residents. We recognize that shifting more funding to areas of Minneapolis that need it most and increasing racial equity in our communities is overdue.

However, the proposed program changes will reduce the annual base funding for Armatage and other small neighborhoods to such a degree that many core services and the ability to actually work on equity goals will be in jeopardy. Base funding allows neighborhoods to operate by making a small amount of staff time, accounting services, rent, and communications such as mailings and digital tools to reach community members possible.

Should the funding cuts in this plan pass, many Minneapolis neighborhoods will need to drastically reduce their programs and services immediately. With a higher overall budget and base funding level, neighborhoods would be better able to keep their doors open while still protecting the equity goals and funding in the plan. Therefore, I urge the Minneapolis City Council to increase the overall neighborhood program funding budget, so base funding can be raised from $10,000/year to at least $15,000/year (currently, base funding starts at $25,000/year).

COVID-19 and months of reckoning and reform have demonstrated how critical strong, local communities are to our wellbeing, safety, and ability to make change. Neighborhood organizations are needed now more than ever to listen to all community members’ needs, serve as a key connector between residents and government, and strengthen our city through advocacy, housing support, safety initiatives, annual community-building events, environmental work, and communications that keep residents informed and engaged.

We believe there can be a better funding plan that will support neighborhood organizations to continue much-needed community organizing while increasing and supporting the racial equity work happening across Minneapolis.

Sincerely,
Your Name
Your Neighborhood or Address

April 3, 2020 eNews

Win a $50 Gift Card and Help Our Community Count in the Census

The 2020 Census is HERE and we need your help to ensure Minnesota gets its full share of funding for schools, health care, roads and more.

Help out and enter to win one of four $50 gift cards to local businesses:

  1. Take the 2020 Census: my2020census.gov
  2. Take Action: choose from the following list…
    • Snap a selfie and share with hashtags #WeCountMN #Census2020 #ArmatageTakesTheCensus
    • Share a social media post with my2020census.gov/ and hashtags #WeCountMN #Census2020 #ArmatageTakesTheCensus
    • Reach out to a neighbor (or two!) about completing the Census using #socialdistancing. (This is a perfect chance to check in remotely).
  3. Visit armatage.org/2020census and enter your info for a chance to win one of four $50 gift cards to local businesses.

Thanks to support from the State of MN and the Minneapolis Foundation! All Minneapolis residents are eligible to participate.


COVID-19 Resources & Links

Do you need to…

  • Find a food shelf,
  • Apply for unemployment or an emergency small business loan,
  • Look up high risk grocery shopping hours,
  • Request help around your home (esp. if you’re a senior or have a disability),
  • Find ideas to keep kids busy during the day,
  • Check the details of our the #StayHomeMN order?

We have links to these and more in one place and are updating our page daily: https://armatage.org/covid19 If you haven’t done so yet, please send it to your block’s e-list or share on social media. Email suggestions for additions to anacoordinator@armatage.org.


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Park Event and Facility Closures through August 31

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board made the difficult decision to cancel all park events and close recreation centers, restrooms, pools and beaches through August 31. This includes the cancellation of neighborhood events like Armatage Summer Festival that are held at parks. Parks, trails, athletic fields and courts, parkways, dog parks, and golf courses will remain open.  Read the full list of what’s open, closed and canceled here.

Stay safe while enjoying our parks and trails:

  • Stay six feet apart – if you are able to, please move aside for families with young kids, seniors, and people with disabilities.
  • No group sports, play dates, or activities
  • Don’t drive across the city or metro to visit popular parks
  • Use parks in moderation
  • Don’t visit parks or trails if you feel sick or have symptoms like a fever, runny nose and/or sore throat

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Check Out this Message from Mayor Frey and Chief Arradondo

There have been increased incidents and attacks against Asian American communities across the nation as a result of racism coupled with coronavirus fears. Watch and share Mayor Frey and Chief Arradondo’s video to learn about how the City is responding.

Call 311 to report discriminatory actions to the City’s Civil Rights Department and call 911 in an emergency.

The Minnesota Department of Health also has some great anti-discrimination posters available on its website.


Minneapolis City Trees Program

Low-cost Tree Sales for Minneapolis Residents

The Minneapolis City Trees Program is now open to ALL Minneapolis property owners! Sales are happening on a new online system through May 1 or until trees are sold out.

Unlike past years, there is no lottery and available trees will be smaller in size (#5 and #7 containers) in order to make more trees available to more property owners. Visit https://mpls-tree-sale.myshopify.com/ and please spread the word to your neighbors!



SW Parks Master Plan Comment Period Extended

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board extended the comment period for the Southwest Service Area Master Plan through April 25, 2020. With park buildings now closed through until May, visit www.minneapolisparks.org/sw to view and comment on the plans.



Transportation Action Plan Comment Period Extended

Check out the draft Transportation Action Plan website to read the draft plan and provide feedback. The interactive website includes opportunities to provide your input on specific strategies and actions during the public comment period, which is extended until May 22.

Attend the Online Open House on Monday, April 13 from 4:30-5:30pm on the Minneapolis Facebook page to hear about your plan, give input, and interact in real time.


Comment Period Extended to July 15

The City of Minneapolis has extended the public comment period for the Neighborhoods 2020 Draft Guidelines through July 15, 2020.

Proposed funding levels for neighborhoods like Armatage will significantly decrease in 2021 and beyond to shift more funding toward areas of the City with greater equity needs. Base funding levels will drop to 1/3 of their current level for Armatage, which will impact our ability to serve the neighborhood. Read the draft guidelines and learn more at www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/2020


We Love Our Neighborhood

Thank you to Armatage neighbors Linda and Maggie for sharing their sidewalk poetry with us during this turbulent time!

Let us know how you’re making Armatage a bit brighter so we can share it with the neighborhood by emailing anacoordinator@armatage.org.

March 5, 2020 eNews

Neighborhood Happy Hour

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

Meet neighbors and catch up on everything that’s happening around Armatage at our next Neighborhood Happy Hour! With lots happening around neighborhood funding, the Census, and some exciting new organics recycling work, we hope you can stop by!

Helpful details: complimentary pizza provided by the ANA, cash bar, no need to RSVP, kids are welcome and help tipping our servers is appreciated.


Mini Grants Deadline Extended to March 7

Workshops, a community bread and pizza oven, bike clinics, little free libraries, tool sharing… the possibilities are endless. What could YOU do for the neighborhood with a $1,000 Mini Grant?

The deadline to apply for the 2020 Mini Grant round is extended to this Saturday, March 7. Check out the grant requirements and download the application at armatage.org/mini-grants


Organics Recycling Volunteers Needed

Huge thanks to everyone who attended our Organics Recycling CONFIDENT(ial) workshop last week!  This workshop kicked off an exciting year of neighborhood organics recycling outreach.  At the moment, only 47.68% of eligible Armatage neighbors are signed up for the City’s organics recycling collection program.  We think we can push that number MUCH higher and we need your help!

Can you help us by donating a few hours sometime this summer?  We’ll be door knocking, delivering starter kits, and tabling at neighborhood events in teams.  All experience levels welcome – training and materials will be provided and you can sign up when it works for you.  Sign up to help here.


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Palmisano Presents: Future of Neighborhood Organizations & Funding

Tuesday, March 24
6:30-8:00pm
SW Mpls location TBD

Save the date for a final conversation with City staff and Council Member Linea Palmisano to talk about the future of the Minneapolis neighborhood organizations.  Big changes are proposed and the City Council is scheduled to vote this May.

The final Neighborhoods 2020 Draft Guidelines were released late last week and residents can comment through April 17. Proposed funding levels for neighborhood organizations like the ANA will significantly decrease in 2021 and beyond to shift more funding toward areas of the City with greater equity needs. Read the draft guidelines and learn more at www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/ncr/2020



Transportation Action Plan Open Houses

The City will be opening public comment on the draft 10-year Transportation Action Plan next week, which will guide future planning, design, and implementation of transportation projects for all people in all the ways they move around. View the plan and learn more at go.minneapolismn.gov/

Public comment on the draft plan will begin next Monday March 9th and will continue for 45 days. The City will host  hosting the first of 4 open houses to learn and give feedback.

  • Wednesday March 11th – Open house, Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, 4pm-6pm
  • Tuesday March 24th – Open house, MLK Jr Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Avenue S, 5pm-7pm
  • Wednesday April 8th – Online open house, Minneapolis Facebook page, 6pm-7pm
  • Monday April 13th – Open house, UMN Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), 2001 Plymouth Ave N, 4:30-6:30pm

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Get Ready for the 2020 Census

Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau works to count every person in the United States, including everyone living in Minneapolis. The resulting count will guide the distribution of billions of dollars to our communities, determine political representation for the next decade (including Minnesota’s number of congressional representatives), and provide data that shapes how policymakers and business leaders decide to invest public and private resources. Getting an accurate and complete count of all residents is vital.

Info on completing this year’s Census will be mailed soon!  In the meantime, see a sample census form and check out FAQs, how you can help, census guides in English, Spanish, Somali, Hmong and more at www.wecountminneapolis.org/


Upcoming Workshops – Resilient Yards and More

Metro Blooms will host a series of low cost, do-it-yourself workshops again this spring on Resilient Yards, Turf Alternatives, and Healthy Soil. Plus, a Resilient Yards workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22 at Armatage Park and we don’t know a better way to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day than that!  Learn more and sign up  at bluethumb.org/events/



Updated Plans for SW Minneapolis Neighborhood Parks

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board released updated park plans for the Southwest Service Area Master Plan.  A 45-day public comment period runs now through April 5, 2020.

Visit www.minneapolisparks.org/sw to view and comment on the plans online or visit any of the 13 recreation centers in the Southwest Service Area to see a paper copy and leave written comments.


Recycle Smart - no plastic bags, large plastic items or random metal items in your recycling cart

Minneapolis Recycling Info

Minneapolis started 2020 with a recycling contamination rate of 8.51%. While this is a great result, we can do better! Keeping non-recyclable items out of your cart helps reduce challenges with collection, sorting, and processing your items into something new. Learn more at minneapolismn.gov/solid-waste/

Always recycle:

  • Mail, office and school papers
  • Magazines, newspaper and inserts
  • Boxes (food, beverage, toiletries)
  • Cardboard
  • Steel and aluminum cans
  • Glass jars and bottles
  • Plastic bottles, containers, jugs (#1, 2, 5)
  • Cartons (milk, broth, juice)

Never recycle:

  • Plastic bags
  • Bagged recycling
  • Large plastic items (laundry baskets, storage tubs, toys)
  • Random metal items (pots and pans, pipes and poles, hangers)
  • Food-soiled paper (napkins, paper towels, paper plates, fast-food wrap)
  • Straws and utensils
  • Electronics and batteries
  • Hazardous materials (motor oil, propane tanks, etc.)
  • Medical waste (sharps: needles and syringes, lancets)
  • Tanglers (hoses, cords, holiday lights, etc.)

Plus sign up to go on a tour of Eureka Recycling’s sorting facility, where our Minneapolis recycling is processed and sorted!

November 1, 2019 eNews

Celebrate the last time there will be daylight at 5:00pm at a pop-up park date with your neighbors this Saturday, November 2! Stop by with kids and pets for coffee, hot cider and treats for all (including 🐕!) and weigh in on our neighborhood funding plan (armatage.org/funds).



The Armatage Neighborhood Association has remaining, unspent funds and needs your input! Check out the proposed plan to allocate this one-time resource to keep popular programs and community services operating for the next 4+ years at armatage.org/funds

Voice Your Feedback by November 15:

  • Fill out our online survey
  • Text us at 612.466.0296
  • Email us at anacoordinator@armatage.org
  • Tell us at upcoming events:
    • Washburn Tot Lot Pop-up Play Date • Saturday 11/2 • 3:00-5:00pm
    • Neighborhood Happy Hour • Tuesday 11/12 • 7:00-9:00pm at Red Wagon Pizza
    • November Neighborhood Meeting • Tuesday 11/19 • 6:30pm at Armatage Rec Center – final neighborhood and board vote.  Anyone 18 and older who lives in the Armatage Neighborhood or is a designated representative of a neighborhood business is eligible to vote.


Neighborhood Happy Hour

Tuesday, November 12
7:00-9:00pm
Red Wagon Pizza

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

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


Fall Leaves & Street Sweeping

🍁🍂 Leaves are falling! Here are just a few handy reminders as we head into the last month of autumn:


Now is the Time to Adopt-a-Drain

Fall is an important time to keep leaves out of the gutter so they don’t get into the storm drain when it rains. In the storm drain, leaves get carried to the Creek and eventually to Lake Hiawatha, adding the phosphorus that causes algae blooms. Don’t wait for the city to sweep the street, as leaves will be rushing down the drain with each rainfall!

If you haven’t already, consider the county’s Adopt-a-Drain program, signing up to keep one or more storm drains on your street clear so that only water goes into it. You can adopt any drain that hasn’t already been adopted, even if it isn’t in front of your house! This interactive website helps you locate drains near you and adopt any that you choose: https://www.adopt-a-drain.org/

If you need assistance adopting a drain OR if you would like a friendly neighborhood volunteer to assist you the first time you set out to clean your storm drain, please contact the ANA at anacoordinator@armatage.org. The ANA’s Green Team will also provide the next twenty people who sign up to Adopt-a-Drain with a free pair of gloves to wear when cleaning your drain. Email us to pick yours up!  Huge thanks to ANA Green Team member Linda Ridlehuber for this article!


Plate & Parcel Holiday Market at Wagners

Formerly the Linden Hills Holiday Market, Plate & Parcel is a bustling hub of local farmers, foodies, artists and craftspeople. This year’s holiday market is located within the greenhouses at Wagner Garden Center (6024 Penn Ave S), which will be filled with festive winter home and garden decor. Visitors will be able to shop for unique holiday gifts, decadent gourmet treats and home goods from a rotating selection of over 60 different vendors every weekend. The market is FREE to attend, family-friendly, and all are welcome. More info is available on Plate & Parcel’s Facebook event page.

2019 Schedule:
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM every Saturday and Sunday, November 2 through December 22


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

October 25, 2019 eNews

October 15, 2019 Meeting Recap

  • The ANA discussed upcoming park events and voted to approve funding to support Armatage Park’s Halloween event.
  • Minneapolis Regulatory Services staff members Clara Schmit-Gonzales and Mah Isaac spoke on their department, which includes Animal Care & Control, Fire Inspections Services, Housing Inspections, Traffic Control, and Operations and Engagement. Residents can reach Regulatory Services via 311.
  • Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board staff member Emma Paschutta spoke on the Parks for All 2020 Comprehensive Plan. 3,000 comments have been received and community members can continue to submit their dreams and visions for the Minneapolis parks system through comment boxes at all recreation centers and through an online survey.
  • City Council Member Linea Palmisano spoke on Vision Zero and the City’s efforts to lower the speed limit in Minneapolis, updates on Neighborhoods 2020, implementation of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, and other upcoming city projects.
  • The ANA discussed its draft funding plan and outreach efforts for the 35 day comment period. The board approved funds for supplies and food at upcoming engagement events. Community feedback on the proposed plan will be accepted through November 15 – more info is listed below and at armatage.org/funds.



The Armatage Neighborhood Association has remaining, unspent funds and needs your input! Check out the proposed plan to allocate this one-time resource to keep popular programs and community services operating for the next 4+ years at armatage.org/funds

Voice Your Feedback by November 15:

  • Fill out our online survey
  • Text us at 612.466.0296
  • Email us at anacoordinator@armatage.org
  • Tell us at upcoming events:
    • Armatage Park Halloween • Friday 10/25 • 6:00-8:30pm
    • Washburn Tot Lot Pop-up Play Date • Saturday 11/2 • 3:00-5:00pm
    • Neighborhood Happy Hour • Tuesday 11/12 • 7:00-9:00pm at Red Wagon Pizza
    • November Neighborhood Meeting • Tuesday 11/19 • 6:30pm at Armatage Rec Center – final neighborhood and board vote.  Anyone 18 and older who lives in the Armatage Neighborhood or is a designated representative of a neighborhood business is eligible to vote.

Washburn Tot Lot Pop-up Play Date

Saturday, November 2
3:00-5:00pm

Join the ANA Board for warm drinks, treats, and a fun afternoon play date at the Washburn Tot Lot! Stop by to weigh in on our neighborhood funding plan for the next few years (more info at armatage.org/funds) and stay to play! What better way to spend the last day before Daylight Saving Time ends and the sun starts setting at 5:00pm than with your neighbors?



Now is the Time to Adopt-a-Drain

Fall is an important time to keep leaves out of the gutter so they don’t get into the storm drain when it rains. In the storm drain, leaves get carried to the Creek and eventually to Lake Hiawatha, adding the phosphorus that causes algae blooms. Don’t wait for the city to sweep the street, as leaves will be rushing down the drain with each rainfall!

If you haven’t already, consider the county’s Adopt-a-Drain program, signing up to keep one or more storm drains on your street clear so that only water goes into it. You can adopt any drain that hasn’t already been adopted, even if it isn’t in front of your house! This interactive website helps you locate drains near you and adopt any that you choose: https://www.adopt-a-drain.org/

If you need assistance adopting a drain OR if you would like a friendly neighborhood volunteer to assist you the first time you set out to clean your storm drain, please contact the ANA at anacoordinator@armatage.org. The ANA’s Green Team will also provide the next twenty people who sign up to Adopt-a-Drain with a free pair of gloves to wear when cleaning your drain. Email us to pick yours up!  Huge thanks to ANA Green Team member Linda Ridlehuber for this article!


Street Sweeping Has Begun

Watch the progress, look up your sweeping date, and answer all your street sweeping questions here.


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



2020 Census is Hiring

See the census job openings in Minnesota here.

Field representative job applicants should reach out to the Regional Office in order to receive an application package: Chicago Regional Office Recruiting at 1-800-865-6384, Ext. 15. Applications for other positions, such as IT manager and regional technician can be submitted online at usajobs.gov.

Check out what’s happening locally with the 2020 Census and sign up for updates at http://minneapolismn.gov/census/


Change Matters – Sleep Matters

You have just a few more days to support local nonprofit My Very Own Bed at the Wedge and Linden Hills Co-ops through the co-ops’ October Change Matters campaign. 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 can 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 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.

September 25, 2019 eNews

September 17, 2019 Meeting Recap

  • The ANA discussed its draft plan to reallocate remaining, unspent neighborhood funds to keep programs and community services going for approximately the next 4+ years should there be a gap or significant decrease in City funding. Bob Cooper and Aryca Meyers from the City of Minneapolis were in attendance to answer questions on ANA’s remaining funds and draft plan.
    • More information will be shared starting October 15 for community members to give feedback on the draft plan through the ANA’s fall print newsletter, on armatage.org, in the eNews, on social media, as well as at outreach events (Halloween at the Park, a Washburn Tot Lot pop-up play date, and the November 18 neighborhood meeting where a final vote will take place) .
  • The board approved funding to wrap lights on two trees in Armatage Park next to the skating rink again this year, for warm drinks at the Green Team’s upcoming Litter Be Gone clean-up on October 5, to increase the budget for Neighborhood Happy Hours (including tip) due to increased attendance at the events, and for new shelving in the ANA office.

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!  Rain date: 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



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.


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



Posters for Parks

Saturday, September 28, 2019
4:00 – 9:00 pm
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!


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.

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.