Category Archives: Park

Spring Tea & Blooms

Spring Tea & Blooms

Saturday, May 8
2:00-4:00pm | Armatage Park

Grab your mask and join us for afternoon tea at Armatage Park!  Jinx Tea and Sparrow Café will take orders outside, soon-to-open neighborhood spot Café Cerés will share samples, and the ANA will give away take-home kids’ planting kits (supplies are limited). Pick up a free book from Jump! and complete a scavenger hunt and enter to win a gift card to a neighborhood business!

Thank you for following our safety guidelines by wearing a mask during the event, keeping 6 feet of distance from everyone outside of your household, and bringing your treats home or into the park to enjoy. In case of severe weather, cancellations will be posted on Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor.

Thank you for following our safety guidelines by wearing a mask during the event, keeping 6 feet of distance from everyone outside of your household, and bringing your treats home or into the park to enjoy. In case of severe weather, cancellations will be posted on Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor.

Earth Day Clean-up

Earth Day Clean-up at Armatage Park

The Armatage Green Team is partnering with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board to host a modified DIY clean-up this year. The Earth Day Clean-Up has been the largest community service project in Minneapolis for many years. Pick up supplies for your Do-It-Yourself efforts at Armatage Park (or one of the participating Earth Day sites) on April 24 from 9:30 am to noon. See full list of sites at https://www.minneapolisparks.org/activities__events/events/earth_day_cleanup/

It’s free to participate and residents are encouraged to participate by volunteering to help pick up trash in parks, neighborhoods, and watersheds. No registration needed, just follow these easy steps:

Your DIY Earth Day Cleanup:

  1. Pick up bags and gloves at Armatage Park on April 24 from 9:30 am to noon (while supplies last). Please wear a mask. If you’d prefer to clean-up at another time, use your own bags and gloves.
  2. Head to a nearby park or trail and pick up trash you see, while getting fresh air and exercise!
  3. Practice social distancing and other current COVID-19 guidelines. Learn more at www.minneapolisparks.org/coronavirus-covid-19-information/
  4. Share pictures of your trash haul on our Facebook page – at @MPLSEarthDay using the hashtags #MplsDIYEarthDay and #armatage

February 23, 2021 eNews

February 16 Meeting Recap

Chef Daniel del Prado of Colita and consultant Geri Wolf shared plans for a second Café Ceres location to open at 5401 Penn Ave S later this spring. The proposed cafe will focus on breakfast and lunch service, include an application to the City of Minneapolis for an on-sale liquor license for specialty events, and offer some outdoor patio seating. Community members in attendance asked questions regarding the menu and hours of operation (~7:00am-3:00pm) and shared their feedback. A motion of support passed unanimously and will be shared with the City.

The ANA also elected Nikki Lindberg as Secretary and approved funding for website technical support, communications software, and door prizes for an upcoming Green Team solar workshop. Attendees broke into small groups and outlined initial goals, meeting plans for two new Armatage Committees, Community Engagement and Safety, Equity & Outreach. See below for more on how to join. Neighbors are encouraged to register to attend a monthly board or committee meeting at http://bit.ly/ANAmtgs


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Palmisano Presents: Public Safety Update (Virtual)

Wednesday, February 24th
6:30-8pm

Join Ward 13 Council Member Linea Palmisano for a forum on public safety with new MPD 5th Precinct Inspector Katie Blackwell.

To register, please email josie.vautrin@minneapolismn.gov. All are welcome, RSVPs are for event capacity planning purposes.



Public Hearing on Rent Stabilization: February 24

An online public hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 24 on proposed rent stabilization charter amendments during the City Council’s Policy & Government Oversight Committee meeting.

The proposed amendments would allow either the City Council, or the people of Minneapolis by a petition process, to adopt a rent stabilization law. If passed, these charter amendments will not, on their own, create a rent stabilization policy. Rather, they will give future City Councils and the people of Minneapolis all possible options to adopt a rent stabilization policy through the methods allowed under current state law.  Learn how to participate in online public hearings and sign up to speak here.


Get Involved on an Armatage Committee

The ANA is excited to announce that we are launching two NEW Armatage Committees! Neighbors are encouraged to join and get involved. Currently, all meetings are held on Zoom. Click on each group’s link below to learn more. Register to attend at https://bit.ly/ANAmtgs

Community Engagement will meet on Thursday, March 4 from 5:30-6:30pm.


Safety, Equity & Outreach
will meet on Saturday, March 6 from 10:00-11:00am.


The Green Team
will meet on Thursday, March 11 from 7:00-8:15pm.


March Special Election

We’re holding a special election for one open board seat on March 16!  Learn more about the duties and register to run at https://armatage.org/march-2021-special-election/


Second Reading Circle

Join the Armatage Green Team for a monthly reading circle on All We Can Save – Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis. The next circle is Thursday, March 4 at 7:00pm on Zoom to discuss Chapter 2: Advocate. Register at armatage.org/reading-circle/

If buying a book is a financial hardship, we can help: email anacoordinator@armatage.org for a copy.


Armatage Play Area Plan Approved

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) approved the concept plan for a new playground at Armatage Park, which includes replacing the equipment and surfacing of the park’s existing play areas. The new play areas are designed for universal accessibility so they can be accessed, understood, enjoyed, and used to the greatest extent possible by all children regardless of size, ability, or disability.

In addition to an ADA-accessible swing, belt swing and two infant swings, the approved plan includes a tire swing, based on requests from the community and an MPRB commissioner.

Next Steps

It is anticipated that construction will occur this summer and the new play areas will be complete during the summer or early fall. Actual dates will be announced once a construction contract is approved.  Sign up for updates at https://bit.ly/armatagepark


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Hennepin County Climate Action Plan

Hennepin County release its draft Climate Action Plan, which was created through feedback from many stakeholders, and sets goals tto mitigate the damaging impacts of climate change and better prepare the county to be more resilient as climate change presents new challenges to the region.

Submit your feedback here by Wednesday, March 3.


Minneapolis Black History Month Online Events

In celebration of Black History Month, the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights is honoring several community leaders as part of the History Makers at Home series. Whether “home” is defined as a city, region or state, this program is intended to honor changemakers identified by the community as working to create a lasting impact for future generations.

The final event in the series is this Thursday, February 25 from 12:00-1:00pm: Grateful and Rooted


Celebrate Black History Month with the MIA

Celebrate the exceptional historical and creative cultural contributions made by African American artists with exhibitions, virtual events, videos, stories, and more. For links to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ free offerings, visit https://new.artsmia.org/black-history-month



Free Fun on the Run for Youth & Teens

Got a kid or teen who needs more time outside this winter?  Check out the parks’ staffed Winter Fun on the Run for free outdoor recreation and activities. No registration is necessary: all youth and teens are welcome to drop by between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm for fun and games at a safe – and social! – distance. In Southwest, staff will be at Linden Hills Park on Mondays and at Lyndale Farmstead Park on Wednesdays (apologies that we had this reversed in previous emails!).

MPRB staff sanitize equipment after each use and help ensure participants follow social distancing guidelines. Distanced activities include sledding, kick sledding, snow soccer, snow fort building, snowman building, snow corn hole and more. Learn more including helpful hints before you go here.


Statewide Vaccine Finder

The State of Minnesota has a statewide vaccine finder to better connect Minnesotans to vaccination opportunities in communities near where they live. Learn more about the State’s vaccine distribution plan here.


New Salt Mini Course

The City of Minneapolis has launched a new educational program, the Minneapolis Salt Mini Course, and would love for you to be a part of it! The mini course is self-guided and consists of reading through a few lessons and watching videos.

Take the course and you will learn about the consequences of over salting and what you can do to help protect our waters! Upon completion, you can pledge to practice salt stewardship in your community and request a salt decal to show your commitment. Will you join us in doing your part to keep our waters clean?

February 12, 2021 eNews


February 16 Meeting Agenda

All are welcome at monthly meetings. Register to attend at http://bit.ly/ANAmtgs

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Secretary Election
  • Plans for Cafe Ceres at 5401 Penn Ave S – Executive Pastry Chef and General Manager Shawn McKenz
  • Committee Visioning Next Steps
  • Coordinator Update:
    • Byte Technology Website Support Bundle
    • Adobe Creative Suite Renewal
    • Hennepin County Archives Donation
  • Committee Action Needed

Minneapolis Black History Month Online Events

In celebration of Black History Month, the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights is honoring several community leaders as part of the History Makers at Home series. Whether “home” is defined as a city, region or state, this program is intended to honor changemakers identified by the community as working to create a lasting impact for future generations.

Upcoming Black History Month online events:


Celebrate Black History Month with the MIA

Celebrate the exceptional historical and creative cultural contributions made by African American artists with exhibitions, virtual events, videos, stories, and more. For links to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ free offerings including virtual Family Day on February 14, visit https://new.artsmia.org/black-history-month



Free Fun on the Run for Youth & Teens

Got a kid or teen who needs more time outside this winter?  Check out the parks’ staffed Winter Fun on the Run for free outdoor recreation and activities. No registration is necessary: all youth and teens are welcome to drop by between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm for fun and games at a safe – and social! – distance. In Southwest, staff will be at Lyndale Farmstead Park on Mondays and at Linden Hills Park on Wednesdays.

MPRB staff sanitize equipment after each use and help ensure participants follow social distancing guidelines. Distanced activities include sledding, kick sledding, snow soccer, snow fort building, snowman building, snow corn hole and more. Learn more including helpful hints before you go here.


Second Reading Circle

Join the Armatage Green Team for a monthly reading circle on All We Can Save – Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis. The next circle is Thursday, March 4 at 7:00pm on Zoom to discuss Chapter 2: Advocate. Register at armatage.org/reading-circle/ 

Need a book? Times are tight and we can help: email anacoordinator@armatage.org for a copy.


Statewide Vaccine Finder

The State of Minnesota has a statewide vaccine finder to better connect Minnesotans to vaccination opportunities in communities near where they live. Learn more about the State’s vaccine distribution plan here.



Armatage Welcome Bags

We’re putting in one more plug to let us know if you’ve recently moved into the neighborhood so we bring you a Welcome Bag! The groovy, reusable tote bag’s contents include useful information on the Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA), elected representatives, governmental services, local businesses, and a couple of fun items to welcome you.

  • Homeowners: be on the lookout for friendly ANA volunteers Ethan (pictured) or Kevin with a Welcome Bag with your name on it! They’ll swing by to do a masked, distanced drop-off.
  • Renters: if you are a renter who moved in during the past year or if you own a rental property in the neighborhood and have new tenants, please reach out to us at anacoordinator@armatage.org and let us know where we can drop off a Welcome Bag!

New Salt Mini Course

The City of Minneapolis has launched a new educational program, the Minneapolis Salt Mini Course, and would love for you to be a part of it! The mini course is self-guided and consists of reading through a few lessons and watching videos.

Take the course and you will learn about the consequences of over salting and what you can do to help protect our waters! Upon completion, you can pledge to practice salt stewardship in your community and request a salt decal to show your commitment. Will you join us in doing your part to keep our waters clean?


What You Can Do About Plastic

THANK YOU to everyone who joined our Let’s Talk About Plastic series. We were blown away by the response from both Armatage and surrounding communities.  Plastic is wreaking havoc in our world and is an equity issue that disproportionately impacts BIPOC and low-income communities.  Here’s how you can take action:

February 4, 2021 eNews


Reimagine the Armatage Mini Grant Program

Help impact the future of the Armatage Mini Grant Program and join our neighborhood-wide brainstorming call this Tuesday, February 9 at 7:00pm on Zoom! We need YOUR input to “reimagine” the Mini Grant Program and make it even more impactful going forward.

Email anacoordinator@armatage.org for the Zoom link to the February 9 call. Please bring your ideas on ways to utilize mini grants as well as any questions about the program overall. Then you can help us to re-evaluate how we support neighborhood initiatives through the Mini Grant program for years to come.


What Comes Next for Plastic

THANK YOU to everyone who joined our Let’s Talk About Plastic series.  We were blown away by the response from both Armatage and surrounding communities.  Plastic is wreaking havoc in our world and is an equity issue that disproportionately impacts BIPOC and low-income communities.  Here’s how you can take action:


Joint Carjacking and Robbery Operation Arrests

Sharing this update from the City of Minneapolis:

Officers from the Minneapolis Police Department and deputies with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Violent Offender Task Force teamed up recently with air support from the Minnesota State Patrol to target groups of individuals responsible for the on-going number of violent robberies and carjackings in parts of South Minneapolis.

The three-day joint operation, which took place Jan. 26-28, resulted in 46 arrests, including 69 felony level charges. Law enforcement recovered 15 firearms and 12 stolen vehicles. Six of the vehicles were occupied at the time officers and deputies seized the vehicles.

The felony level arrests included probable cause charges of carjacking, drugs and weapons violations, auto theft and fleeing police. Last year, there were 405 carjackings in the city of Minneapolis, a 301% increase over 2019.

Tips to reduce your risk of becoming a carjacking victim:

  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Always be hyper-aware of your surroundings.
  • Equip your car with an anti-theft device.
  • Lock your doors while driving.
  • Don’t stop for apparently stranded strangers along the road. Note their location and pull over in a safe place once you’ve passed to call for help.

Statewide Vaccine Finder

The State of Minnesota has ramped up its COVID-19 vaccination efforts and launched a statewide vaccine finder to better connect Minnesotans age 65 plus to vaccination opportunities in communities near where they live. Learn more about the State’s vaccine distribution plan.


Celebrate Black History Month with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Celebrate the exceptional historical and creative cultural contributions made by African American artists with exhibitions, virtual events, videos, stories, and more. For links to the MIA’s free offerings including virtual Family Day on February 14, visit https://new.artsmia.org/black-history-month


Free Fun on the Run for Youth & Teens

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board just launched Winter Fun on the Run, where staff bring outdoor recreation and activities to seven neighborhood parks across Minneapolis.  All youth and teens are welcome to come by between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm for fun and games at a safe – and social! – distance. All activities are FREE and no registration is necessary. MPRB staff sanitize equipment after each use and help ensure participants follow social distancing guidelines.

Distanced activities include sledding, kick sledding, snow soccer, snow fort building, snowman building, snow corn hole and more. In Southwest, staff will be at Lyndale Farmstead Park on Mondays and at Linden Hills Park on Wednesdays.  Learn more including helpful hints before you go here.


Winter Birding 101, with Dudley Edmondson and Monica Bryand

An inclusive family- and BIPOC-friendly virtual introduction to Minnesota’s most spot-able “snow birds,” featuring co-host Annie Baxter of MPR’s The Water Main.

WHEN: Saturday, February 6, 3:00pm
WHERE: Everywhere on Zoom
TICKETS: Free, register via Eventbrite

This conversational event will introduce novice bird watchers of all ages to the joys of being outdoors in the winter and reframe who has access and feels welcome in our parks and public spaces. Speakers will cover where Black, Indigenous, and LGBTQ can connect with fellow bird watchers in Minnesota’s outdoors.



Armatage Welcome Bags

Attention new neighbors! If you’ve recently moved into the neighborhood, we want to bring you a Welcome Bag! The groovy, reusable tote bag’s contents include useful information on the Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA), elected representatives, governmental services, local businesses, and a couple of fun items to welcome you.

  • Homeowners: be on the lookout for friendly ANA volunteers Ethan (pictured) or Kevin with a Welcome Bag with your name on it! They’ll swing by to do a masked, distanced drop-off.
  • Renters: if you are a renter who moved in during the past year or if you own a rental property in the neighborhood and have new tenants, please reach out to us at anacoordinator@armatage.org and let us know where we can drop off a Welcome Bag!


Saving Energy Can Make Your Home More Comfortable

It takes a lot of energy to keep our homes comfortable during Minneapolis’s famously chilly winters. However, homes that look similar may need very different amounts of energy to maintain this comfort. That difference is measurable — it represents the energy efficiency of a home.

For almost a year, the City has been assessing the energy use of houses on the market and has compiled thousands of home efficiency scores. Because many Minneapolis homes are older, the average city score is 70 out of 100. (You can
view the publicly available map of scores online at mncee.org/tish/yourscore).

Call 651-328-6225 to speak with an Energy Advisor or visit mncee.org/tish for more information.


Block Leader Contact Info

We’re gathering block leader contact information for every block in Armatage and need your help! Thanks to everyone who has already reached out. Currently, block leader information cannot be shared or accessed by the neighborhood. If you are a block leader, please send your name, address, email address, phone, and the block(s) that you represent to me at anacoordinator@armatage.org

Interested in learning more about block and apartment clubs and how they work? Visit http://bit.ly/blockclubs


Keep Calm and Use Less Salt

When snow and ice melt, the road salt must go somewhere. When over applied, the excess salt flows directly into ditches and storm drains and then into lakes, streams, wetlands, and groundwater. Salt does not breakdown or degrade over time and instead will persist, permanently polluting our waterways.

Less is more when it comes to applying salt because at high concentrations, chloride can harm the fish and plant life in our waters and alter the taste of drinking water. In fact, the salt sitting on the pavement is no longer helping us, it’s hurting us and polluting our waters. We’ve all seen it and now it’s time to address the problem head on.

More salting does not mean more melting. Remember these 4 steps during our next storm:

  • Shovel and scrape before snow compacts,
  • Select the correct de-icer,
  • Scatter salt only where critical, and
  • Sweep up and reuse leftover salt.

Salt is widely used and is an important public safety tool in winter conditions. The goal is not to compromise public safety, but instead advocate how we can wisely use salt to provide safe conditions and be mindful of the environment. If you’re interested in learning more or have any questions, feel free to reach out to Lianna at lianna.goldstein@minneapolismn.gov

January 15, 2021 eNews

January 19, 2021 Meeting Agenda

All are welcome. Register to attend this month’s meeting at http://bit.ly/ANAmtgs

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Special Election for Open Seat (see below for more info)
  • New Business
  • Reimagining Mini Grants
  • Committee Updates: Green Team
  • Coordinator Update:
    • Holiday Light Tour Final Numbers
    • Armatage Play Area Public Hearing
    • NCR Survey on Neighborhood Election Day
    • Block Leader Outreach
  • ANA Visioning and Board/Committee Expectations Part 3

Armatage Special Election

The ANA is holding a special election for an open board seat. To learn more about the duties, time commitment and to register to run by Sunday, January 17 at 11:59pm, visit https://armatage.org/january-2021-special-election/

All residents (aged 18 and over) and designated neighborhood business or institution representatives are eligible to vote. We encourage you to register to attend the January 19 meeting to cast your vote live if possible. Register to attend at http://bit.ly/ANAmtgs

Online voting will also be open on Tuesday 1/19 from 9:00am-6:30pm through a link posted at armatage.org. Voting will close just after the meeting starts and election results will be announced live on Zoom and the following day on our website.


Free Events to Learn More AND Limit Your Use of Plastic

The Armatage Green Team is hosting a series of great events to help you learn about the problems with plastic, why recycling alone isn’t the answer, and practical strategies to rethink your purchasing and drastically limit your use of plastic. Open to all even if you don’t live in Armatage. Register at https://armatage.org/plastics/:

  • Through Jan 31: Get a link to screen the groundbreaking film, The Story of Plastic, and learn the real truth behind the global plastic pollution crisis from the comfort of your home.
  • Jan 21 at 8pm: Join the community conversation on The Story of Plastic on Zoom. We’ll talk through the film and with discussion questions on where we go next.
  • Jan 28 at 7:30pm: Attend our free virtual workshop on The Problem with Plastic & Practical Alternatives with the City of Minneapolis, Eureka Recycling & Tare Market!

Winter Reading Circle

We’re excited for our first-ever Reading Circle, hosted by the Armatage Green Team! This will be a slothful book club: each month, neighbors will read one section of All We Can Save – Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis and come together as a group to discuss. Sign up for the first meeting on Monday 2/1 at 7:00pm on Zoom at armatage.org/reading-circle/

Need a book? Times are tight and we can help: email anacoordinator@armatage.org and we will bring you a copy.



Armatage Play Area Public Hearing

Submit your comments for the public hearing on the plans for a new playground at Armatage Park. The hearing will take place on Wednesday, January 20 at 6:30pm at the MPRB Board of Commissioners meeting.

If you’d like to comment, please do so by registering to call in to the meeting or by emailing jringold@minneapolisparks.org before 12:00pm on January 20.  The hearing follows eight months of planning and a comment period on the concept plan; construction is planned for this year. Learn more and sign up for updates at https://bit.ly/armatagepark.


Armatage Business Directory

Do you work for a neighborhood business?  Or do you live in Armatage and have your own small business? We’d like to help promote you!

The Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA) is updating our website’s Business Directory this winter. If you’d like to be included or update your listing, please send information about your business and your website to our Coordinator, Lauren, at anacoordinator@armatage.org.


Learning Options for Grades Pre-K-5

Beginning next month, Pre-K through 5th-grade students in Minneapolis Public Schools can learn in-person or through distance learning. Let MPS know which option is best for your family by completing this registration form by next Friday, January 22: bit.ly/MPSLearningForm

Trying to decide between in-person learning and distance learning? 


New Stay Safe MN Guidelines

Changes to the Stay Safe MN order start today! Visit https://mn.gov/covid19/stay-safe/overview/ to learn more about how Governor Tim Walz is adjusting the dial.


Please Clear Your Sidewalks

Sidewalks are a critical part of our transportation system that help people of all ages and abilities safely walk or roll to where they need to go. Here’s a refresher on the City’s rules: Minneapolis ordinance requires property owners of houses and duplexes to clear sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowfall and all other property owners must clear their sidewalks within four daytime hours.

City inspectors are out actively looking for sidewalks that aren’t cleared in addition to responding to complaints reported through 311. Failure to maintain your sidewalk could result in a warning letter and, if left uncleared, a bill from the City (average: $239). Call 311 to learn more about resources available to people who may need help clearing their sidewalks. Find more information about snow clearing on the City’s website.


Public Hearing Notice

The City Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. to Amend Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances related to Chapter 537 on Accessory Uses and Structures. The purpose of the amendment is to eliminate the owner-occupancy requirement for certain accessory dwelling units.  View the public hearing on Comcast Channel 14 or 799 or live on www.minneapolismn.gov/tv/citycounciltv. Submit comments or participate by phone in the meeting by using the following website: www.minneapolismn.gov/meetings/index.htm.

If you have questions about the project, please contact Andrew Frenz, Senior City Planner, 612-673-3790, andrew.frenz@minneapolismn.gov

January 7, 2021 eNews

Join the Armatage Neighborhood Association Board

Love our neighborhood and want to get more involved? The ANA is holding one more special election for an open board seat at the January 19 meeting at 6:30pm on Zoom. To learn more about the duties, time commitment and to register to run in the Special Election by Sunday, January 17 at 11:59pm, visit https://armatage.org/january-2021-special-election/

Look for a candidate guide at armatage.org on January 18. The vote will be conducted live at the Tuesday, January 19 meeting on Zoom at 6:30pm. All Armatage residents 18 years and older and designated representatives of a neighborhood business or institution are eligible to vote. Register here for this month’s meeting link.


Free Events to Learn More AND Limit Your Use of Plastic

The Armatage Green Team is hosting a series of great events to help you learn about the problems with plastic, why recycling alone isn’t the answer, and practical strategies to rethink your purchasing and drastically limit your use of plastic. Register at https://armatage.org/plastics/ for any or all of the series, which is open to all even if you don’t live in Armatage:

  • Jan 17-21: Register to screen The Story of Plastic whenever works for you!
  • Jan 21 at 8pm: Join the Armatage conversation on The Story of Plastic on Zoom.
  • Jan 28 at 7:30pm: Attend our free virtual workshop on The Problem with Plastic & Practical Alternatives with the City of Minneapolis & Tare Market!

Armatage Business Directory

Do you work for a neighborhood business?  Or do you live in Armatage and have your own small business? We’d like to help promote you!

The Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA) is updating our website’s Business Directory this winter. If you’d like to be included or update your listing, please send information about your business and your website to our Coordinator, Lauren, at anacoordinator@armatage.org.


Share Your Thoughts on the Parks For All Plan

There are less than two weeks left to give feedback on a draft of Parks for All, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) 2021 Comprehensive Plan!  Parks for All will set MPRB priorities and policy direction for the next decade. Visit minneapolisparks.org/parksforalldraft to check out the draft plan and share your thoughts.

There are also two virtual Community Open Houses where you can discuss any aspect of the plan with MPRB staff. Use the links below to participate:


Please Shovel Your Sidewalks

Sidewalks are a critical part of our transportation system and clearing snow and ice helps people of all ages and abilities safely walk or roll to where they need to go. Here’s a refresher on the City’s rules: Minneapolis ordinance requires property owners of houses and duplexes to clear sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowfall and all other property owners must clear their sidewalks within four daytime hours.

City inspectors are out actively looking for sidewalks that aren’t shoveled in addition to responding to complaints reported through 311. Failure to shovel and maintain your sidewalk could result in a warning letter and, if left uncleared, a bill from the City to remove snow from your sidewalk. An average bill is approximately $239. Call 311 to learn more about resources available to people who may need help clearing their sidewalks. Find more information about snow clearing on the City’s website.


Minneapolis Ice Skating Rinks

The MPRB is continuing to open ice skating rinks around the city.  Please follow COVID-19 guidelines to keep at least 6 feet between yourself and other skaters and wear a face mask or face covering. Unfortunately the parks are not able to lend out skates this year.


Public Hearing Notice

The City Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. to Amend Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances related to Chapter 537 on Accessory Uses and Structures. The purpose of the amendment is to eliminate the owner-occupancy requirement for certain accessory dwelling units.  View the public hearing on Comcast Channel 14 or 799 or live on www.minneapolismn.gov/tv/citycounciltv. Submit comments or participate by phone in the meeting by using the following website: www.minneapolismn.gov/meetings/index.htm.

If you have questions about the project, please contact Andrew Frenz, Senior City Planner, 612-673-3790, andrew.frenz@minneapolismn.gov


Pedestrian Safety Survey

University of Minnesota researchers are seeking volunteers to participate in a short survey about pedestrian safety in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.  This survey is expected to take approximately 5 minutes to complete.  This is a voluntary study and there is no payment available for participation.  This research is being conducted by Dr. Nichole Morris from the HumanFIRST Laboratory at the University of Minnesota.  If you have any questions or concerns about this survey, email Nichole Morris at nlmorris@umn.edu.  Follow this link to the Survey: https://umn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eVzUc3nOTvvEJvL

December 11, 2020 eNews

December 15 Meeting Agenda

  • 6:30pm: Welcome and Introductions
  • 6:35pm: Approval of November Minutes & Financials
  • 6:40pm: ANA Visioning and Board/Committee Expectations Part 2
  • 7:20pm: Coordinator Update:
    • Holiday Light Tour
    • Remaining ANA Funds
  • 7:30pm: January 2021 Newsletter
  • 7:45pm City Update and Q & A with Council Member Linea Palmisano

Register to attend the Armatage Monthly Neighborhood Meeting and get this month’s Zoom link here.


Armatage Holiday Light Tour

Enjoy the colorful city streets and light displays of our neighborhood this holiday season with our first-ever Armatage Holiday Light Tour, which starts tonight and runs each night from 5:00-8:00pm through Sunday, December 20. The tour is self-guided and free. You can download this year’s tour map at https://armatage.org/holidaylights/

After you’ve visited every stop on the tour, head back to vote for your favorite holiday displays. In the spirit of fairness, please hold off on voting until you’ve visited each and every stop. The three addresses with the most votes will get a $50 gift card to an Armatage business!

We need light and holiday cheer this year more than ever – please help us spread the word to friends and neighbors in the area!


Free COVID-19 Testing

The City of Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 tests. Testing is encouraged and available to everyone, whether or not you have symptoms. For more info on what to expect, how to quarantine while you wait for results, when to expect results, and links to more testing sites visit http://www.minneapolismn.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-testing

Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St.
Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 19

Columbia Golf Course, 3300 Central Ave. NE
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 13, Dec. 14, Dec. 20, Dec. 21

Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Exhibit Room E
Noon-7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends starting Nov. 9
Make an appointment here.
Find instructions here.

Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E. Franklin Ave.
2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
Appointments required: Call 612-872-8086 to schedule an appointment.

Southside Community Health Services, 324 E. 35th St.
2-3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
Appointments required: Call 612-821-3548 to schedule an appointment.
Same day testing can be done for health care workers, first responders and essential workers. Otherwise, expect to get your test results in about two-three business days.


Transforming Community Safety Survey Extended Through Dec 18

Provide your input on what community safety looks like and share your ideas about a new model of community safety for the City of Minneapolis. Here are links to the survey, which now closes Dec 18:

Your input will help inform efforts to expand and improve the public safety system, with the goal of ensuring that every single person in Minneapolis can trust they’ll be kept safe. Learn more and stay up to date on this process at https://www.minneapolismn.gov/community-safety/



Apply for an Armatage Safety Rebate

There are just a few weeks left to apply for a 2020 Safety Rebate!  If you’ve been thinking about upgrading motion lighting, installing new deadbolt locks, or adding outdoor security cameras, check our list of eligible expenses and apply for a up to $100 Safety Rebate before December 31 to take advantage of the 2020 program. If you’ve already gotten a rebate this year, you’ll have the opportunity to apply again in January 2021.

Whether you rent, own a home or operate a business in Armatage, there’s a Safety Rebate program for you! Click below to learn more:



Free Pet Adoptions at MACC in December

To help pets find their forever homes for the holidays, Minneapolis Animal Care & Control is waiving adoption fees for all adoptable animals during the month of December! Let’s clear the shelter –  read more here.

Adoption details:

  • Browse adoptable animals at www2.minneapolismn.gov/animals/adopt.
  • Call 311 or 612-673-6222 to request an adoption appointment. All adoptions are being done by appointment to limit the spread of COVID-19.
  • Adopters must meet and spend time with the animal they want to adopt before completing adoption paperwork.
  • Minneapolis residents must purchase a City pet license.


Winter Park Programs

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board anticipates adult sports leagues returning to action this winter with an emphasis on health and safety. At this point the MPRB is planning on hosting in-person adult sports leagues with modifications in place to help protect all league participants while offering opportunities to compete, have fun and be healthy in the parks this winter.  There are also great virtual youth programs.

Minneapolis residents who cannot afford participation fees because of economic need may apply for fee assistance through the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Fee Assistance Program.


Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling Survey

Got a few minutes? Take Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling’s survey on how your waste generation and purchasing behaviors have changed since March. The responses are anonymous and will serve as a guide for developing community outreach and educational messaging for 2021. The survey will close December 20 at 11:59 p.m. but don’t wait, fill it out today. Take the survey here.


Reduce Waste this Holiday Season

Click here for Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling’s tips to reduce food waste, buy used, safely recycle items like broken strings of lights, opt for low-waste decor and more!

August 21, 2020 eNews

August 18, 2020 Meeting Recap

The ANA discussed this Sunday’s Sweet Treats event, possibilities for a distanced Halloween event at Armatage Park, and a new Halloween Decoration Tour during the last week in October.  Additional upcoming events include a distanced Neighborhood Clean-up on October 3 (sign up here) and an anti-racism training on Zoom on October 6 led by facilitators from the Theater of Public Policy (sign-up info coming soon). The Board voted to sign onto a neighborhood funding letter drafted by colleagues from around the city and Accountant, Rachel, held an informative training on city funding and neighborhood financials. Next month’s meeting will be September 22 at 6:30pm on Zoom!


Sweet Treats in the Park This Sunday

Sunday, August 23
5:30-7:30pm
Armatage Parking Lot

Grab your mask and come to Armatage Park for our safe and distanced event of the summer – Sweet Treats in the Park!  Food trucks Sonny’s Ice Cream and Thumbs Cookies will take orders in the parking lot while practicing new safety guidelines and distanced ordering:

  • Pre-order cookies from Thumbs for easy pick-up at https://www.exploretock.com/thumbscookies/
  • Sonny’s prefers prefers cash at the event (don’t worry – transactions will be totally separate from scooping).
  • Dairy-free or gluten-free? Both vendors will have options for you.

Thanks in advance for following our safety guidelines to wear a mask during the event, maintain *at least* 6 feet of distance from everyone outside of your household, follow signs and use the pre-marked spaces to wait in line, and eat away from others in the park or bring your treats home! More on the event at armatage.org. The weather looks perfect but in case of inclement weather, we’ll post cancellations on Facebook, Nextdoor and Twitter


NEW: Native Plant Rebates!

The ANA and Green Team are so excited to launch our first-ever Native Plant Rebate program to increase pollinator habitat throughout the neighborhood! Now through September 30, you can purchase native plants locally and apply for a 50% rebate from the ANA up to $20/household.

See lists of native plants available at our local garden centers and learn more about the new program here.


Get Ready to Vote in the 2020 Election

Minneapolis had its higher primary voter turnout in 50 years! Of the 130,888 ballots, 65% of them were cast early through vote by mail or early voting. Here’s everything you need to know to stay safe and exercise your right to vote this fall:

  • Register to vote or update your voter registration at bit.ly/votemn101
  • Vote by mail: Everyone in Minnesota is eligible to vote by mail, no reason needed. It’s quick and easy to request your absentee ballot online but allow plenty of time to request and mail back your ballot: bit.ly/vbmmn101
  • Track your ballot after you mail it at bit.ly/trackmyvote101
  • Vote early in person at the Minneapolis Early Vote Center at 980 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55414. Hours will be posted at vote.minneapolismn.gov/events and please wear your mask!
  • Election judges needed: Eligible voters who can read, write, and speak English, especially if you are multilingual. High school students ages 16 and older can become student election judges. Learn more and apply at www.hennepin.us/residents/elections/become-an-election-judge


Armatage Adopt a Storm Drain Challenge

Sign up to adopt a new storm drain in the neighborhood, commit to keeping it clean and free of debris that could pollute our waterways, and enter to win a $25 gift card from the ANA! All the details you need to get started are at armatage.org/adoptadrain The challenge ends September 30.


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 add 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 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. Mail in the postcard we included in your latest edition of the Armatage News, email a comment, or write your own.  All the info you need to quickly comment is at armatage.org/n2020.


Comment on Parks for All

Visit bit.ly/MPRBCompPlan (or click on the image above) to learn more and weigh in on the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board’s Comprehensive Plan.



Take the Southwest Business Assocation’s Safety Survey

The Southwest Business Association would like to hear from community members around safety. Fill out their quick survey at https://forms.gle/dbqHbP8zfvZwURHDA


Loans Available for Those Affected by Civil Unrest

Minneapolis individuals, property owners, businesses and nonprofits can now apply for low-interest disaster loans. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved a disaster declaration for areas in Minnesota affected by the recent civil unrest.

Apply online for one of three types of SBA disaster loans:

  • Home disaster loans for homeowners or renters for disaster-damaged real estate and personal property including automobiles.
  • Physical disaster loans for disaster-damaged property owned by businesses and nonprofits including real estate, inventory and equipment. Businesses and nonprofits of any size are eligible. Applications due October 2, 2020.
  • Economic injury disaster loans for working capital to help small businesses and nonprofits meet their financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. Applications due May 3, 2021.

For help preparing financial documentation, Minneapolis businesses can consult with an advisor through the City’s Business Technical Assistance Program or contact the Minneapolis Small Business Team at 612-673-2487 or SmallBusiness@minneapolismn.gov. See the Small Business Administration news release and fact sheet for more information.



Census Takers Started Door-to-door Outreach on August 11

On August 11, enumerators (also known as census takers) began going to households to help those who have not yet completed the census. If you do not want someone to come to your door, you can still complete the census:

Census takers will only visit households until September 30. Let’s make sure our community is seen and heard. Be counted now, so we have the resources we need for education, healthcare, housing and other vital services for the next 10 years.



Travel Needs Survey

You are invited to participate in a short University of Minnesota survey on people’s travel needs in the Twin Cities region and how shared automated vehicles may help meet these needs. This survey is part of a larger study titled SCC: Leveraging Autonomous Shared Vehicles for Greater Community Health, Equity, Livability, and Prosperity (HELP), which is funded by the National Science Foundation.

The survey is completely online, is available in English and Spanish, lasts no more than 15 minutes, and is voluntary. After completion, all survey participants will be entered into a raffle to win one of forty $50 VISA gift cards!

Link to survey: https://umn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8tRKSNEtnt5HLaB



Emergency Rent Assistance

Evictions are suspended now through September 11. Hennepin County offers emergency rental assistance for residents with low incomes who have been financially harmed by COVID-19. Residents can learn more and apply at www.hennepin.us/rent-help and find more information here:



Hennepin County Deconstruction Grants

To help divert waste from landfills, Hennepin County has grants available for homeowners and developers to deconstruct buildings to salvage building materials rather than demolish them. Homeowners and developers of residential properties can receive up to $5,000 to help offset the additional costs associated with deconstruction.

Grants are available for demolition or renovation projects that are 250 square feet or larger on structures built prior to 1950 (please note we had this year listed incorrectly in our last edition – our apologies!). Learn more about the grants including eligibility and requirements at hennepin.us/deconstruction.

September 11, 2020 eNews


Share Your Comments on the New Armatage Play Area Designs

Check out the plans for new play areas at Armatage Park— and share your comments!  The comment period is open through September 18, 2020.

Here’s how to weigh in:

  1. Review the plan: Concept for Armatage Park play areas
  2. Share your comments: Take an online survey or send an email

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

Funding for neighborhood organizations like the ANA expires this December. The City is considering a new funding plan that would add equity goals 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 core services will be in jeopardy. It’s hard to do much-needed equity work on a fraction of the funding.

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. Mail in the postcard we included in your latest edition of the Armatage News, email a comment, or write your own.  All the info you need to quickly comment is at armatage.org/n2020.


Happy Rescheduled National Night Out

To all celebrating their neighbors and block this Tuesday, September 15 as part of our rescheduled National Night Out in Minneapolis, we hope you have a safe and wonderful gathering!

Due to National Night Out, the ANA will hold its Monthly Neighborhood Meeting on September 22 instead.


Armatage Native Plant Rebates

The ANA and Green Team have launched our first-ever Native Plant Rebate program to increase pollinator habitat throughout the neighborhood! Now through September 30, you can purchase native plants locally and apply for a 50% rebate from the ANA up to $20/household.

See lists of native plants available at our local garden centers and learn more about the new program here.



Armatage Adopt a Storm Drain Challenge

Sign up to adopt a new storm drain in the neighborhood, commit to keeping it clean and free of debris that could pollute our waterways, and enter to win a $25 gift card from the ANA! All the details you need to get started are at armatage.org/adoptadrain The challenge ends September 30.



Sign up for the Fall Neighborhood Clean-up

Join the Armatage Green Team for a safe and distanced clean-up of our neighborhood streets, sidewalks, and parks on Saturday, October 3 from 9:00-11:00am as part of the citywide Litter Be Gone events! This is a great, meaningful opportunity for kids, teens and adults to show our neighborhood pride and keep trash and recycling from ending up in our waterways. We provide the supplies and a $5 gift card per household as a thank you. Learn more and sign up here.



Let’s Get Uncomfortable Workshop

Racism is everybody’s problem, and it’s well past time to start talking about it. In this conversation series, Let’s Get Uncomfortable, we’re asking you to do just that. LGU is a facilitated space to get people (particularly white people) to talk about racism, its consequences, and how we all share the responsibility to do the work for change. Need a place to start? Here you go, get uncomfortable with us. This event is happening on Tuesday, October 6th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, is sponsored by the Armatage Neighborhood Association and hosted by Danger Boat Productions.

Space is limited to 25 people. Please register here and consider making a donation: https://dangerboat.net/lgu-oct-6-armatage



Download the Armatage Art Journal

Thank you to our neighbors who submitted their artwork and creations to help document this unique moment of time in Armatage. We’ve been hard at work organizing submissions and the final journal is ready! Visit armatage.org/art to download a PDF or EPUB e-book format of the Art Journal.

About the Art Journal: submissions were collected during May and June during quarantine from COVID-19 and the civil unrest in Minneapolis. We were blown away by the creativity and beauty that we received and hope you are, too. Huge thanks to our Coordinator, Lauren Anderson, for layout and design and to Board Members, Joel Federer and Donte Mearon, for their leadership and hard work on this project.


Join Hennepin County’s Stop Food Waste Challenge

Did you know that about 40% of food is wasted somewhere along the supply chain? That’s like stepping out of a grocery store with five bags of food and dropping two in the parking lot. You may not think you waste that much food at home, but the little bits here and there add up.

Most of us don’t want to waste food, but in the dash to make dinner, food waste might not be the first thing on our minds. For those of us who want to break the shop-cook-waste cycle, the good news is that with practice, wasting less food can become an effortless cooking habit. Get started by joining the Stop Food Waste Challenge at http://hennepinfoodwaste.ecochallenge.org


Get Ready to Vote in the 2020 Election

Minneapolis had its higher primary voter turnout in 50 years! Of the 130,888 ballots, 65% of them were cast early through vote by mail or early voting. Here’s everything you need to know to stay safe and exercise your right to vote this fall:

  • Register to vote or update your voter registration at bit.ly/votemn101
  • Vote by mail: Everyone in Minnesota is eligible to vote by mail, no reason needed. It’s quick and easy to request your absentee ballot online but allow plenty of time to request and mail back your ballot: bit.ly/vbmmn101
  • Track your ballot after you mail it at bit.ly/trackmyvote101
  • Vote early in person at the Minneapolis Early Vote Center at 980 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55414. Hours will be posted at vote.minneapolismn.gov/events and please wear your mask!

Comment on Parks for All

Visit bit.ly/MPRBCompPlan (or click on the image above) to learn more and weigh in on the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board’s Comprehensive Plan.


Free Classes through Literacy Minnesota

If you need to learn English, get your GED or Adult Diploma, gain citizenship, prepare for college or brush up on math and reading, improve your computer skills (internet and email basics, Word, Excel, and more), or train for a new career*, then the Adult Literacy Hotline can help!  They provide referral services in English, Spanish, and have interpreter service to communicate class information in 200+ languages such as Somali, Karen, Vietnamese, French and more.

Call: 1-800-222-1990
Text: 612-424-1211
Email: krynda@literacymn.org
Search online: https://www.literacymn.org/classesforadults