Category Archives: Park

Updated Southwest Park Plan Designs

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board released updated concept designs for parks and park-owned properties in Southwest Minneapolis:

The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will also meet several times to discuss the preferred concepts, provide direction to project staff, and ultimately make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners.

All CAC meetings are open to the public and anyone interested in the refinement of these park concepts is encouraged to attend! Snacks, refreshments 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, 6:00-8:00 pm
Lynnhurst Recreation Center, 1345 West Minnehaha Parkway

CAC Subcommittee Meeting on Fields/Diamonds at Kenny/Armatage/Pershing/Linden Hills
Monday, July 15, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm
Lynnhurst Recreation Center, 1345 West Minnehaha Parkway

CAC Meeting #12
Thursday, July 25, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm
Pershing Recreation Center, 3523 West 48th Street

Minnehaha Creek Master Plan

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

Minnehaha Creek Master Plan Project Page

April 12, 2019 eNews


April 16, 2019 Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Park Update:
    • Egg Hunt recap
    • Summer events
    • Park equipment needs for Spring & Summer
  • Annual Meeting Planning
  • Summer Festival Planning & Financials
  • Selection of NCEC Elector & Alternate Elector
  • NRP Phase II Contract Closeout
  • Other New Business
  • President’s Report
  • Secretary Report – minutes approved via email
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Committee Updates
    • Green Team:
      • 4/6 Donation Drive recap
      • 6/1 Rain & Native Garden Tour
    • Mini Grants:
      • Communications Plan
  • Coordinator Update
    • Monthly summary
    • Rain/native garden sign ups
    • Garage Sale update

Upcoming meetings/events:

April 13 – Armatage/Kenny Egg Hunt (10:00 am)
April 16 – Monthly Meeting (6:30 – 8:00 pm)
May 11 – Free Shredding Event (10:00am – 12:00 pm)
May 14 – Neighborhood Happy Hour (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
May 21 – Annual Meeting & Board Elections (6:30 – 8:00 pm)


Armatage/Kenny Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 13
10:00 – 11:30 am

Celebrate the arrival of spring with our annual egg hunt at Armatage Park. Bring the whole family down for this fun event. Enjoy an Egg Hunt, caricature artist, arts and crafts, live bunnies, and a light continental breakfast.

Important details:
*The Egg Hunt will begin at 11:00 am sharp.
*$5 per child.
*Pre-registration is required. Spots are limited and we will not take registration at the door.

Register at: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/86682


Introducing Armatage Neighborhood Mini Grants!

How can we make our neighborhood a better place and engage our neighbors? If you have ideas and want to implement them, the ANA has just launched a new Armatage Neighborhood Mini Grants Program. Grants are available for up to $1,000 and subject to the City requirements that prohibit spending on food or entertainment. Get all your questions answered at armatage.org/programs/mini-grants or at a Q & A session at our Annual Meeting on May 21.

The deadline to apply for a Mini Grant is June 15. Award notifications will be made by August 1, 2019 and grant recipients will have up to a year to complete their projects. Questions? Please contact us at anacoordinator@armatage.org.


Armatage Green Team Donation Drive – Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by last weekend’s multi-organization Donation Drive at the Armatage Recreation Center.  We collected 117 boxes and bags of items to benefit 12 separate organizations through socially and environmentally responsible reuse. Interested in getting involved with a future Green Team event? Email our Coordinator at anacoordinator@armatage.org to join our Green Team e-list.


Help shape the future of transportation in Minneapolis!

The City is hosting 5 community workshops and 1 online open house in April and May to collect public input on transportation-related opportunities, issues, and priorities to develop the Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan and the Vision Zero Action Plan. We’ve linked the Online Open House below – see the rest at http://go.minneapolismn.gov/get-involved

Online Open House (Facebook Live)
Tuesday, April 30
6:30–7:30pm
City of Minneapolis Facebook page

Can’t attend an event? You can still get involved!

You can learn more about the Transportation Action Plan and provide direct feedback on our interactive website. Our topic pages include short surveys and are a great place to share your thoughts. You can also use #gompls to talk transportation with us and follow the City of Minneapolis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Yard waste collection begins this week

The 2019 season for Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling collection of leaves, brush and other yard trimmings starts the week of April 8. Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers can set properly prepared yard waste at their alleys or curbs next to their garbage, recycling, and organics carts by 6:00 am on their weekly collection day.

Yard waste must be in brown Kraft paper or BPI-certified compostable bags. You can also use reusable containers for yard waste (please request a sticker from solid waste). Keep in mind that all bags and reusable containers are lifted and emptied by hand, so size and weight limits apply. Read more about how to prepare your leaves and brush for pickup at the Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling here.

For questions about leaf and brush pickup, customers can call Solid Waste & Recycling at 612-673-2917 between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm.


Doors Open Minneapolis

Doors Open Minneapolis is a weekend-long event that gives the public free, behind-the-scenes access to over 110 buildings in the City of Minneapolis that are architecturally, culturally, or socially significant. From theaters to business hubs, sacred spaces to private clubs, sports complexes to engineering wonders, historical gems to not-even-open-yet buildings, Doors Open Minneapolis is a chance to venture into new neighborhoods, learn the stories of Minneapolis’ buildings, and experience the rich and diverse cultures of our community.

900 volunteer greeters are needed, and your help is essential!  Volunteers receive a complimentary t-shirt and a ‘front-of-the-line’ pass so that you will not be standing in lines when visiting venues.  Go to www.doorsopenminneapolis.org to register at the venue of your choice!


Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week

Home and personal preparedness
Outdoor warning sirens are for people who are outdoors, and the sirens may not be audible inside. For a heads up indoors about an imminent weather danger, families should consider using the National Weather Service’s NOAA Weather Radio or subscribing to an electronic weather alert service that sends notices by email or text message. Find more information here about signing up for cellphone alerts and downloading smartphone apps.

A simple way to plan ahead for a severe weather emergency is by creating a home emergency kit with these items in a bag or box stored in the basement or home shelter site:

  • Bottled water.
  • Non-perishable snacks and/or ready-to-eat food (include can opener if kit contains canned food).
  • Battery-powered radio.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Whistle to signal for help.
  • First aid kit.
  • Dust mask.
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
  • Local maps.
  • Cellphone with chargers.
  • List of key phone numbers (insurance agent, doctor, etc.).
  • A photocopy of driver’s licenses or State ID cards.

Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs
Please see specific information about how Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs can be prepared for storm season and other emergencies here.

What to do if severe weather is approaching

  • Listen for alerts and warnings on NOAA Weather Radio, local TV, local radio or the weather channel.
  • Listen for outdoor warning sirens if outdoors.
  • Take shelter if a warning is issued or outdoor warning sirens sound. Find more information about taking shelter here.

Multi-language videos
The City of Minneapolis partnered with ECHO Minnesota to produce a series of multi-language videos about how to use NOAA Weather Radios and other precautions to take during tornadoes, thunderstorms, flash floods and snowstorms.

Learn more about weather safety

Free Document Shredding

All are invited to this free Shredding Event on Saturday, May 11 from 10:00am – 12:00pm sponsored by the O’Neil Group of KW Integrity Lakes! Shred and recycle any confidential documents and enter to win a $100 Ace Hardware gift card courtesy of the O’Neil Group and Perl Lending.

  • Should you bring bank statements? YES
  • Tax returns? YES
  • Other confidential documents? YES
  • Junk mail? NO
  • Newspapers/Magazines? NO

February 15, 2019 eNews

February 19 Neighborhood Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Southwest Parks & Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plans
    • Madeline Hudek, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
    • Mike Jischke, Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Citizen Advisory Committee
  • Park Update:
    • Washburn Tot Lot celebration
    • Egg Hunt
  • 2018 Annual Report
  • Neighborhoods 2020
  • Other New Business
  • President’s Report
    • SSL certificate
  • Secretary Report – minutes approved via email
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Committee Updates
    • Green Team
    • Micro-grant Program
  • Coordinator Update
    • Summer Festival
    • Annual Meeting initial planning

Upcoming meetings/events

Feb 19 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:00 pm)
Mar 9 – Fix-it Clinic (12:00-4:00 pm)
Mar 12 – Neighborhood Happy Hour (7:00-9:00 pm)
Mar 19 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:00 pm)


Southwest Parks and Minnehaha Parkway Initial Designs Released

Initial Concept Designs were released this month for each Southwest Minneapolis park and for the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail.  We’ve posted the design options for Armatage Park, the Washburn Tot Lot, the 58th & Oliver Triangle and Minnehaha Parkway on our website at https://armatage.org/southwest-park-plan-initial-concept-designs/  All Southwest park designs are searchable at minneapolisparks.org/sw and full Minnehaha Parkway designs are at minneapolisparks.org/minnehahacreek.

Share your feedback in a few ways:

  1. Attend the Armatage Neighborhood Meeting on Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30 pm for a brief presentation.
  2. Take the online survey at the SW Parks Plan project page (open through March 31).
  3. Drop off a comment: All 13 Southwest Minneapolis Recreation Centers as well as MPRB Headquarters and Parade Ice Arena have a printed packet of concept designs, along with comment cards and drop-off boxes.

Neighborhoods 2020 – Comment Now Through March 31

The City of Minneapolis just released new framework recommendations to govern and fund neighborhood organizations in 2020 and beyond, after the current funding for Armatage Neighborhood Association and other Minneapolis neighborhoods runs out. Neighborhoods 2020 is an opportunity to further develop and improve upon the City of Minneapolis’ neighborhood based engagement structure and the vision is to have an inclusive community where all people are valued, all communities are engaged, and leadership mirrors the great diversity of the city.

What do neighborhoods do? ANA currently offers the Summer Festival, Safety Rebate program, Neighborhood Happy Hours, Rain Garden program, support for seasonal events and improvements at Armatage Park, neighborhood meetings on pressing concerns, and acts as a conduit for the neighborhood and city. All our meetings (held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month) and events are open to community members and we work to connect residents and businesses with what’s happening in our communities and local government via the newsletters we mail to you four times a year, as well as our eNews, website, and social media channels – Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor.

It should be noted that changes to neighborhood funding are likely.  How much funding is impacted and whether neighborhood organizations continue to exist depends on the support of our City Council. We respectfully ask that you share your thoughts about this plan so the ANA can continue to serve our neighbors as effectively as possible. View the new recommendations at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/ncr/2020. and submit your comments in one of the following ways:


Armatage Fix-it Clinic on March 9

Get help with your broken stuff and learn valuable repair skills at  the upcoming Fix-It Clinic on Saturday, March 9 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm at the Armatage Recreation Center (2500 West 57th Street). Bring in small household appliances, clothing, electronics, mobile devices and more and receive free guided assistance from volunteers with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot and fix your items.

Fix-It Clinics teach valuable troubleshooting and basic repair skills, build community connections and reduce the number of repairable items that are thrown in the trash. For more information, visit http://www.hennepin.us/fixitclinic or contact program coordinator Nancy Lo at nancy.lo@hennepin.us or 612-348-9195. Please email nancy.lo@hennepin.us if you would like to volunteer!



Southwest Small Business & Volunteer Awards

Recognize a great small business or volunteer by submitting a nomination for the Southwest Business Association’s Small Business Awards. Nominations are due February 28, 2019. Criteria and details to apply are posted at swba.experiencesouthwest.com/awards.



Pet Visitor and Social Companion Volunteers Needed

Optage Hospice is currently looking for pet visitor and social companion volunteers in Bloomington and other south and west metro locations. You could help bring comfort, support, and peace to individuals on Hospice and their loved ones. Nothing makes our patients light up more than a friendly pup! Animals do not need to be certified therapy animals, just obedient, good temperament, and current on vaccinations. For more information, email Samantha at ssleeman@preshomes.org.

February 28, 2019 eNews

February 19 Neighborhood Meeting Highlights

  • Southwest Parks & Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plans: Madeline Hudek from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Mike Jischke who volunteers on the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Citizen Advisory Committee attended to give an update on the new Initial Concept Designs for each park space in SW Minneapolis and along Minnehaha Parkway. Residents asked questions and voiced concerns around the proposed smaller parking lot at Armatage Park, changes around more soccer and fewer baseball/softball fields, real vs. artifical turf, and the lack of a walkable neighborhood dog park. (See the designs and how to weigh in on both plans here).
  • The board edited and approved its 2018 Annual Report for the City of Minneapolis.
  • Neighborhoods 2020: the City recently released a draft framework that would change how neighborhood organizations like the ANA are governed and funded.  Funding changes are likely and that could have a big impact on the programs, events, and services the ANA offers. The board discussed the proposed changes outlined in the framework, the recent Neighborhoods 2020 workshop at the Community Connections Conference on February 2, how to weigh in, and strategies to engage residents in the process.
  • The ANA plans to launch a new Mini Grant program this spring. The board discussed the proposed guidelines and application drafted by the Mini Grant Committee, made edits, and voted to approve proceeding with the program. The board will vote on Mini Grant initial funding at its March 19 meeting.
  • The Green Team met on February 6 and discussed zero waste at the upcoming summer festival, the upcoming 2019 rain garden project and reserving a few rain garden slots for renters (with property owner approval), offering additional grants for rain garden applicants who meet income guidelines and the upcoming Fix-it Clinic on March 9. Email anacoordinator@armatage.org to get involved.

Upcoming meetings/events

Mar 9 – Fix-it Clinic (12:00-4:00 pm)
Mar 12 – Neighborhood Happy Hour (7:00-9:00 pm)
Mar 19 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:00 pm)


Winter Parking Restrictions

This is a friendly reminder that parking is banned on the even side of non-snow-emergency routes until April 1 or until our huge snowbanks melt enough that the City can lift parking restrictions sooner.  Let’s cross our fingers for that happening before April 1.  See all the details including instructions on downloading a snow emergency/winter parking app for your phone at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/snow/.


Neighborhoods 2020 – Comment Now Through March 31

Want to keep the Summer Festival, Halloween at the Park, Happy Hours, rain gardens, Fire on Ice, forums on pressing community issues, or security rebates? These and more are all services provided and supported by the Armatage Neighborhood Association. Funding for neighborhood groups like ANA and the events we support runs out next year.

The City of Minneapolis is reviewing new guidelines, funding, and whether neighborhood organizations will continue to exist to support our community’s needs. The vision of Neighborhoods 2020 is to have an inclusive community where all people are valued, all communities are engaged, and leadership mirrors the great diversity of the city. View the new recommendations at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/2020 and submit your comments in support of continued funding and support for neighborhoods in one of the following ways:

Please cc the ANA at anacoordinator@armatage.org and Council Member Linea Palmisano at linea.palmisano@minneapolismn.gov on your comment. Thanks for making your voice heard.


Armatage Fix-it Clinic: March 9

We’re a little over a week out from the upcoming Fix-it Clinic on Saturday, March 9 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm at the Armatage Recreation Center (2500 West 57th Street). Fix-it Clinics allow anyone to bring in broken small household appliances, clothing, electronics, mobile devices and more and receive free guided assistance from knowledgeable volunteers with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot and fix your items.

Fix-It Clinics teach valuable troubleshooting and basic repair skills, build community connections, and reduce the number of repairable items that are thrown in the trash. For more information, visit http://www.hennepin.us/fixitclinic or contact program coordinator Nancy Lo at nancy.lo@hennepin.us or 612-348-9195.


Tuesday, March 12
7:00-9:00 • Red Wagon Pizza

Join your neighbors for free pizza and conversation at our second Neighborhood Happy Hour of 2019! There is so much happening at the City, with our parks, and throughout Armatage. This is a great, informal chance to meet neighbors, talk with current board members, and hear all about what’s going on in the neighborhood. A friendly reminder that pizza is free, drinks are extra, and help tipping our servers is always appreciated.


Southwest Parks and Minnehaha Parkway Initial Designs Released

Initial Concept Designs are out for each Southwest Minneapolis park and for the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail.  We’ve posted the design options for Armatage Park, the Washburn Tot Lot, the 58th & Oliver Triangle and Minnehaha Parkway on the ANA website at https://armatage.org/southwest-park-plan-initial-concept-designs/  All Southwest park designs are searchable at minneapolisparks.org/sw and full Minnehaha Parkway designs are at minneapolisparks.org/minnehahacreek.

Share your feedback:

  1. Take the online surveys for both projects:
  2. Drop off a comment: All 13 Southwest Minneapolis Recreation Centers as well as MPRB Headquarters and Parade Ice Arena have a printed packet of concept designs, along with comment cards and drop-off boxes.

March 8, 2019 eNews

Fix-it Clinic & Free Cocoa

Saturday, March 9
12:00 – 4:00 pm • Armatage Rec Center

Join us for the Armatage Fix-it Clinic on Saturday, March 9 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm at the Armatage Recreation Center (2500 West 57th Street). The Armatage Green Team is serving free cocoa to  anyone who braves the snow to attend. Should we need to cancel due to the weather, we’ll post Saturday morning on Facebook and Twitter.

Fix-it Clinics allow anyone to bring in broken small household appliances, clothing, electronics, mobile devices and more and receive free guided assistance from knowledgeable volunteers with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot and fix your items. In addition to teaching valuable troubleshooting and basic repair skills, Fix-it Clinics build community connections and reduce the number of repairable items that are thrown in the trash. For more information, visit http://www.hennepin.us/fixitclinic.


Tuesday, March 12
7:00-9:00 • Red Wagon Pizza

Join your neighbors for free pizza and conversation at our second Neighborhood Happy Hour of 2019! There is so much happening at the City, with our parks, and throughout Armatage. This is a great, informal chance to meet neighbors, talk with current board members, and hear all about what’s going on in the neighborhood. A friendly reminder that pizza is free, drinks are extra, and help tipping our servers is always appreciated.


Motorized Scooter Survey

In August of 2018, Minneapolis Public Works launched a four-month shared motorized scooter pilot with vendors Bird and Lime. As Public Works considers reintroducing scooters in 2019, they are gathering public feedback to help determine where residents would like to see them. Take the scooter survey to give your feedback!


Neighborhoods 2020 – Your Comments Needed

Want to keep the Summer Festival, Halloween at the Park, Happy Hours, rain gardens, Fire on Ice, forums on pressing community issues, or security rebates? These and more are all services provided and supported by the Armatage Neighborhood Association. Funding for neighborhood groups like ANA and the events we support runs out next year.

The City of Minneapolis is reviewing new guidelines, funding, and whether neighborhood organizations will continue to exist to support our community’s needs. The vision of Neighborhoods 2020 is to have an inclusive community where all people are valued, all communities are engaged, and leadership mirrors the great diversity of the city. View the new recommendations at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/2020 and submit your comments in support of continued funding and support for neighborhoods in one of the following ways:

Please cc the ANA at anacoordinator@armatage.org and Council Member Linea Palmisano at linea.palmisano@minneapolismn.gov on your comment. Thanks for making your voice heard.


Southwest Parks and Minnehaha Parkway Initial Concept Designs

In case you missed it: Initial Concept Designs are out for each Southwest Minneapolis park and for the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail.  We’ve posted the design options for Armatage Park, the Washburn Tot Lot, the 58th & Oliver Triangle and Minnehaha Parkway on the ANA website at https://armatage.org/southwest-park-plan-initial-concept-designs/  All Southwest park designs are searchable at minneapolisparks.org/sw and full Minnehaha Parkway designs are at minneapolisparks.org/minnehahacreek.

Share your feedback:

  1. Take the online surveys for both projects:
  2. Drop off a comment: All 13 Southwest Minneapolis Recreation Centers as well as MPRB Headquarters and Parade Ice Arena have a printed packet of concept designs, along with comment cards and drop-off boxes.

March 15, 2019 eNews


March 19, 2019 Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Park Update:
    • Park equipment needs for Spring & Summer
    • Summer Registration
    • Egg Hunt
  • Plan Modification: Funding for Mini Grants & Rain Gardens – Stacy Sorenson, City of Minneapolis Department of Neighborhood & Community Relations
  • Spring Newsletter
  • Summer Festival
  • Neighborhoods 2020
  • SW Parks & Minnehaha Parkway Master Plans
  • Other New Business
  • Secretary Report – minutes approved via email
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Committee Updates
    • Green Team
      • Fix-it Clinic Recap
      • Donation Drive – April 6
    • Mini Grants
  • Coordinator Update
    • Proposed changes to Garage Sale
    • Shredding Event
    • Board special election April

Upcoming meetings/events:

Apr 6 – Green Team Donation Drive (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
April 13 – Egg Hunt (10:00 am)
April 16 – Monthly Meeting (6:30 – 8:00 pm)



Green Team Donation Drive

Saturday, April 6
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Armatage Recreation Center

Whether you are spring cleaning, need to Marie Kondo your house or just want to make a donation to help someone in need, bring your goods on Saturday, April 6 and the Armatage Green Team will help you sort and pass them along to one of many wonderful organizations.

Organizations supported through the Donation Drive include Ready for Success, Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, Animal Humane Society, CornerstoneMN, Tech Dump, Leonardo’s Basement, Committee Against Domestic Abuse, DAV, and Second Harvest Heartland. Accepted items include clothing (especially men’s and women’s professional clothing), working electronics and cords, new children’s clothing, baby food and formula, new toiletries and personal care items, clean textiles and stuffed animals, food shelf donations, wire hangers, and more.  Contact anacoordinator@armatage.org for more information.



Street Flooding and Storm Drains

Thanks to our record snowfall and rain, many streets are flooded and storm drains are blocked. Please contact 311 to report flooded streets so crews can keep our roads safe.

If you’re able to clear the snow and ice from your block’s storm drain(s), please do! Many Minneapolis residents are using Google Maps Street View to find the locations of the storm drains on their block. The City of Minneapolis will re-launch its Adopt a Storm Drain program this spring.  Learn more and sign up to adopt your storm drain at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/publicworks/stormwater/adoptadrain



Avoid Ice Dams with Help from the City and CenterPoint Energy

Icicles and ice dams mean that a lot of energy – and money – is being wasted as heat escapes through the roof of your home. You can solve that problem by sealing air leaks between your house and attic adding insulation in your attic. Insulation can help protect your house from ice dams and water damage while saving you money and energy – and even reducing the pollution that contributes to climate change.

Get Help

  • CenterPoint Energy offers rebates for 30 percent of the cost ($500 maximum) when you air seal and insulate your attic. For details, visit www.centerpointenergy.com/rebates.
  • The City of Minneapolis offers loans for the work with no interest. For more information, call 612-335-5884 or visit mnlendingcenter.org/mpls.

Shovel Out Garbage and Recycling Carts

This winter’s frequent snowfalls have made it difficult for crews to collect garbage, recycling and organics, and pulling a cart out of a snowdrift can injure them. Remember before your collection day to shovel a 36-inch-wide path from your garbage, recycling and organics carts to the street or alley.

City ordinances require this path be cleared for garbage, recycling and organics carts within 48 hours after the snow stops falling. If City crews have to shovel out the cart(s), a fee of $30 per cart will be added to your utility bill. If the snow stops for less than 48 hours and the carts aren’t yet shoveled out, for their safety, crews can’t empty the carts.

Learn more about garbage, recycling and organics collection here.


Neighborhoods 2020 – Comment by March 31

Want to keep the Summer Festival, Halloween at the Park, Happy Hours, rain gardens, Fire on Ice, forums on pressing community issues, or security rebates? These and more are all services provided and supported by the Armatage Neighborhood Association. Funding for neighborhood groups like ANA and the events we support runs out next year.

The City of Minneapolis is reviewing new guidelines, funding, and whether neighborhood organizations will continue to exist to support our community’s needs. The vision of Neighborhoods 2020 is to have an inclusive community where all people are valued, all communities are engaged, and leadership mirrors the great diversity of the city. View the new recommendations at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/2020 and submit your comments in support of continued funding and support for neighborhoods in one of the following ways:

Please cc the ANA at anacoordinator@armatage.org and Council Member Linea Palmisano at linea.palmisano@minneapolismn.gov on your comment. Thanks for making your voice heard.


Southwest Parks and Minnehaha Parkway Initial Concept Designs

In case you missed it: Initial Concept Designs are out for each Southwest Minneapolis park and for the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail.  We’ve posted the design options for Armatage Park, the Washburn Tot Lot, the 58th & Oliver Triangle and Minnehaha Parkway on the ANA website at https://armatage.org/southwest-park-plan-initial-concept-designs/  All Southwest park designs are searchable at minneapolisparks.org/sw and full Minnehaha Parkway designs are at minneapolisparks.org/minnehahacreek.

Share your feedback by March 31:

  1. Take the online surveys for both projects:
  2. Drop off a comment: All 13 Southwest Minneapolis Recreation Centers as well as MPRB Headquarters and Parade Ice Arena have a printed packet of concept designs, along with comment cards and drop-off boxes.

March 29, 2019 eNews


Neighborhoods 2020 – Comment by March 31

Have you submitted a comment to the City in support of continued funding for neighborhood orgs yet? It takes just a few mins to do so before the comment period ends on March 31.

To comment, email neighborhoods2020@minneapolismn.gov or text/leave a voice mail at (612) 440-5762. Please cc the ANA at anacoordinator@armatage.org and Council Member Linea Palmisano at linea.palmisano@minneapolismn.gov on your comment.

Your voice is critical in making sure the Summer Festival, Safety Rebates, Rain Gardens, Happy Hours, support for Armatage Park events, and forums on pressing community issues continue.  Funding for neighborhood groups like ANA and the events we support runs out at the end of 2020.  Learn more at https://armatage.org/neighborhoods-2020/ Thank you for making your voice heard!



Green Team Local Nonprofit Donation Drive

Saturday, April 6
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Armatage Recreation Center

Whether you are spring cleaning, need to Marie Kondo your house or just want to make a donation to help someone in need, bring your goods to the Armatage Rec Center on Saturday, April 6 from 10:00am – 12:00pm and we will pass them along to nonprofits and other great organizations for environmentally and socially responsible reuse. If for some reason we cannot take your item, we will find the best recycling or disposal option for you.

Volunteers Needed: Looking for a fun volunteer opportunity during Earth Month? Volunteers are needed to help attendees sort their items at the event and deliver donations after the drive.  To help with part or all of the event, please contact anacoordinator@armatage.org

Check out the full list of accepted items and organizations supported through the Donation Drive at https://armatage.org/donation-drive/


Armatage/Kenny Egg Hunt

Celebrate the arrival of spring with our annual egg hunt at Armatage Park. Bring the whole family down for this fun event. Enjoy an Egg Hunt, caricature artist, arts and crafts, live bunnies, and a light continental breakfast.

Important details:
*The Egg Hunt will begin at 11 am sharp.
*$5 per child.
*Pre-registration is required. Spots are limited and we will not take registration at the door.

Register today at: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/86682



Street Resurfacing Meeting

If you live in the area highlighted above, the Department of Public Works will resurface your street this season. Get all your questions about the resurfacing process and assessments answered at the upcoming informational meeting:

Tuesday, April 2
6:30pm
Armatage Recreation Center



Help shape the future of transportation in Minneapolis!

The City is hosting 5 community workshops and 1 online open house in April to collect public input on transportation-related opportunities, issues, and priorities to develop the Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan and the Vision Zero Action Plan. We’ve linked the SW and Online Open Houses below – see the rest at http://msptap-staging.com/get-involved

Community Workshop (Southwest)
Tuesday, April 9
4–6pm
Richfield Lutheran Church 
8 W 60th St

Online Open House (Facebook Live)
Tuesday, April 30
6:30–7:30pm
City of Minneapolis Facebook page

Can’t attend an event? You can still get involved!

You can learn more about the Transportation Action Plan and provide direct feedback on our interactive website. Our topic pages include short surveys and are a great place to share your thoughts. You can also use #gompls to talk transportation with us and follow the City of Minneapolis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



Climate Change, Energy & Transportation Town Hall

Senator Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis), Representative Frank Hornstein (61A), and Representative Jamie Long (61B) invite their constituents to attend a town hall meeting on climate change, energy, and transportation opportunities that are being discussed at the legislature and in Minnesota.
         
Sunday, April 7
1:00-3:00pm
Temple Israel (2323 Fremont Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55405)


Upcoming Metro Blooms Workshops

Unseasonable warmth, long periods of drought, and flooding rains are the new normal in Minnesota. Metro Blooms is offering three different workshops to share practices for building resilience in your yard so it can withstand these challenges.

  • Resilient Yards Workshop  A framework for understanding resilience including site planning, raingardens, turf alternatives, trees, other plantings and more, as well as one-on-one design assistance for your yard.
  • Turf Alternatives Workshop  Your guide to a low-maintenance lawn that require less watering and fewer chemical inputs, with instructions for establishing it.
  • Healthy Soils Workshop Learn how to lay the groundwork for healthy soil that helps plants thrive, filters and cleans water, prevents erosion and is teeming with life.

Learn more and register at metroblooms.org/workshops


Southwest Parks and Minnehaha Parkway – Comment by March 31

Check out the Initial Concept Designs for Armatage Park, the Washburn Tot Lot, the 58th & Oliver Triangle and Minnehaha Parkway on the ANA website at https://armatage.org/southwest-park-plan-initial-concept-designs/  All Southwest park designs are searchable at minneapolisparks.org/sw and full Minnehaha Parkway designs are at minneapolisparks.org/minnehahacreek.

Share your feedback by March 31:

  1. Take the online surveys for both projects:
    1. Southwest Parks Plan direct survey link
    2. Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail direct survey link
  2. Drop off a comment: All 13 Southwest Minneapolis Recreation Centers as well as MPRB Headquarters and Parade Ice Arena have a printed packet of concept designs, along with comment cards and drop-off boxes

March 19, 2019 ANA Meeting Highlights

  • Park Update: Summer program registration is now open! The Armatage/Kenny Egg Hunt takes place Saturday, April 13 from 10:00-11:30am. Pre-registration is required.
  • Stacy Sorenson from the City of Minneapolis Department of Neighborhood & Community Relations attended to answer questions on plan modifications. The ANA Board voted to move $25,000 from NRP Housing Loan Repayment Funds to two neighborhood priorities:
    • $11,000 will go to a new Armatage Neighborhood Mini Grants program, which is set to launch on April 1. The application deadline will be June 15 and awards will be made by August 1.
    • $14,000 will go to subsidized rain/native gardens for Armatage residents in 2019. This year’s program will include slots for renters and a limited number of additional $100 grants for residents who meet income guidelines. The board also voted to purchase an additional day of Conservation Corps of MN crew time to fund 17 rain or native gardens in 2019.
  • Green Team:
    • The Green Team is hosting a Local Nonprofit Donation Drive on Saturday, April 6 from 10:00am-12:00pm. Volunteers are needed to help attendees sort through items.
    • The Fix-it Clinic on March 9 had great attendance in spite of the weather – 49 attendees brought 66 items for help repairing from skilled volunteers. Thanks to Green Team volunteers for helping and serving cocoa at the event.
  • Spring Newsletter – the ANA board voted to approve $1,400 to print and mail its spring newsletter.
  • Neighborhoods 2020 – the ANA board will work on a feedback letter for the City before the comment period ends on March 31. Thanks to board member Brett Anderson who volunteered to draft the letter.
  • SW Parks & Minnehaha Parkway Master Plans – the board voted to approve a letter on both master plans with feedback gathered from the February 19 ANA meeting and comments from board and committee members.
  • Kenny/Armatage Garage Sale – proposed changes include adding sales on Friday 5/31 and online-only registration with no fee. ANA will wait for final confirmation from our partner, KNA, before finalizing details and communications.
  • Kelly O’Neill’s team is sponsoring a free shredding event on Saturday, May 11 from 10:00am-12:00pm at Armatage Park.
  • The ANA website transitioned to a new, secure server, which has caused issues with receiving and sending email this week. The board voted to approve $300 in additional technical support hours.

Upcoming meetings/events:

Apr 6 – Green Team Donation Drive (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
April 13 – Egg Hunt (10:00 am)
April 16 – Monthly Meeting (6:30 – 8:00 pm)
May 11 – Free Shredding Event (10:00am – 12:00 pm)

 

April 4, 2019 eNews

Upcoming meetings/events:

Apr 6 – Green Team Donation Drive (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
April 13 – Armatage/Kenny Egg Hunt (10:00 am)
April 16 – Monthly Meeting (6:30 – 8:00 pm)
May 11 – Free Shredding Event (10:00am – 12:00 pm)
May 14 – Neighborhood Happy Hour (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
May 21 – Annual Meeting & Board Elections (6:30 – 8:00 pm)



Green Team Local Nonprofit Donation Drive

Saturday, April 6
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Armatage Recreation Center

Whether you are spring cleaning, need to Marie Kondo your house or just want to make a donation to help someone in need, bring your goods to the Armatage Rec Center on Saturday, April 6 from 10:00am – 12:00pm and we will pass them along to nonprofits and other great organizations for environmentally and socially responsible reuse. If for some reason we cannot take your item, we will find the best recycling or disposal option for you.

Check out the full list of accepted items and organizations supported through the Donation Drive at https://armatage.org/donation-drive/ Extra boxes and bags to help transport donations after the event are very welcome, too!


Introducing Armatage Neighborhood Mini Grants!

How can we make our neighborhood a better place and engage our neighbors? If you have ideas and want to implement them, the ANA has just launched a new Armatage Neighborhood Mini Grants Program. Grants are available for up to $1,000 and subject to the City requirements that prohibit spending on food or entertainment. Get all your questions answered at armatage.org/programs/mini-grants or at a Q & A session at our Annual Meeting on May 21.

The deadline to apply for a Mini Grant is June 15. Award notifications will be made by August 1, 2019 and grant recipients will have up to a year to complete their projects. Questions? Please contact us at anacoordinator@armatage.org.



Armatage/Kenny Egg Hunt

Celebrate the arrival of spring with our annual egg hunt at Armatage Park. Bring the whole family down for this fun event. Enjoy an Egg Hunt, caricature artist, arts and crafts, live bunnies, and a light continental breakfast.

Important details:
*The Egg Hunt will begin at 11 am sharp.
*$5 per child.
*Pre-registration is required. Spots are limited and we will not take registration at the door.

Register today at: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/86682



Help shape the future of transportation in Minneapolis!

The City is hosting 5 community workshops and 1 online open house in April to collect public input on transportation-related opportunities, issues, and priorities to develop the Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan and the Vision Zero Action Plan. We’ve linked the SW and Online Open Houses below – see the rest at http://msptap-staging.com/get-involved

Community Workshop (Southwest)
Tuesday, April 9
4–6pm
Richfield Lutheran Church 
8 W 60th St

Online Open House (Facebook Live)
Tuesday, April 30
6:30–7:30pm
City of Minneapolis Facebook page

Can’t attend an event? You can still get involved!

You can learn more about the Transportation Action Plan and provide direct feedback on our interactive website. Our topic pages include short surveys and are a great place to share your thoughts. You can also use #gompls to talk transportation with us and follow the City of Minneapolis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



Climate Change, Energy & Transportation Town Hall

Senator Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis), Representative Frank Hornstein (61A), and Representative Jamie Long (61B) invite their constituents to attend a town hall meeting on climate change, energy, and transportation opportunities that are being discussed at the legislature and in Minnesota.
         
Sunday, April 7
1:00-3:00pm
Temple Israel (2323 Fremont Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55405)

Southwest Parks Plan Initial Concept Designs

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board released initial concept designs for each Southwest park and Minnehaha Creek.

See the designs for Armatage Park, Washburn Tot Lot, the triangle at 58th & Oliver and Minnehaha Creek by clicking on the following link: Armatage Neighborhood_SW and MPRT concepts


Your Feedback is Needed!

Take the online survey at the SW Parks Plan project page (open through March 31)

Take the online survey for the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail at the project page

Drop off a comment: All 13 Southwest Minneapolis Recreation Centers as well as MPRB Headquarters and Parade Ice Arena have a printed packet of concept designs, along with comment cards and drop-off boxes.

Attend a workshop: each workshop has the same format and park design concepts and includes kids’ activities and refreshments.

Thursday, January 31, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm                                                                        Lynnhurst Recreation Center, 1345 W Minnehaha Parkway                                                           This workshop will also have information on the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan.

Monday, February 4, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S

Thursday, February 7, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm
Whittier Recreation Center, 425 W 26th St.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm
Jones-Harrison Residence, Centrum Room, 3700 Cedar Lake Ave.