Category Archives: Snow Emergency

December 3, 2019 eNews

Support Armatage on #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving celebrated on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. With so many nonprofit organizations doing incredible work, we hope you are able to find great causes to support today.

Help the ANA continue to serve our community by making a donation to our nonprofit organization today. Even a donation of $5 or more helps fund community programs right here in Armatage.


Give Feedback on the Proposed City Budget

There are two more public hearings for people to share thoughts on Mayor Jacob Frey’s recommended 2020 City budget of $1.6 billion. The City’s revenues come from a variety of sources with property taxes accounting for about 23% of the budget.  Comments can also be submitted online to be shared with the Mayor and Council Members. The City Council is scheduled to vote on adopting the budget Wednesday, December 11.

Budget public hearings at City Hall:

  • December 4 at 6:00pm: Truth in Taxation hearing to get community input on the total levy amount.
  • December 11 at 6:00pm: Opportunity to respond to the City Council’s amendments, for Council to make any further changes based on that, and then a vote to adopt the 2020 budget.

Visit the City’s budget website to learn more about the budget and key dates and watch a video about how to participate in the budget process. You can also watch budget hearings on Minneapolis City Council TV. Tune to SD channel 14 or HD channel 799 on Comcast or SD channel 8001 or HD channel 8501 on CenturyLink. You can also watch archived meetings on the City of Minneapolis YouTube channel.

The 2020 Census is Hiring!

Check out one of the December 4 hiring events above or see the census job openings in Minnesota and apply here.

Check out what’s happening locally with the 2020 Census and sign up for updates at

3rd Annual International Festival

Sunday, December 8
Central Gym (3400 Fourth Ave. S)

The Minneapolis International Festival will be celebrating the different cultures in the City of Minneapolis and surrounding communities with music, dance, art, cultural learning booths, exhibits demonstrations, food AND MORE.

Admission is free.  Learn about all the many amazing cultures that make Minneapolis such a wonderful place to live. Visit the website to learn more about the event!

Tree Lights & Supply Drive for Crisis Nursery

While the ANA isn’t hosting a Tree lighting event this year, the annual neighborhood-sponsored holiday lights are up in Armatage Park along the east side of the building.

You can still drop off new, unopened formula, diapers, pull-ups, children’s toiletries, new with tags clothing and more to benefit the Greater Twin Cities Crisis Nursery now through December 20. Check out the Crisis Nursery’s full donation wish list here and look for a donation bin in the lobby of the Armatage Rec Center.

Snow Emergency Resources

Sign up now, stay informed throughout the season, and avoid getting ticketed or towed:

  • Hotline: Call the automated 612-348-SNOW hotline. The hotline includes information in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong.
  • The City’s website: Go to to find out whether a Snow Emergency has been declared in many languages. Also, check out the street lookup, which lets you put in an address or a neighborhood to see where you can park during a Snow Emergency.
  • Phone calls to residents: Minneapolis uses automated phone calls to notify residents when Snow Emergencies are declared. The system can place thousands of calls per hour. You can add your cellphone or unlisted landline number to the alert system by signing up at
  • Social media: Like Minneapolis Snow Emergency on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Email and text: See for more details.
  • Read more details here…

Comment on Public Works’ draft Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan

The City of Minneapolis is seeking public comment on the draft Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan for Public Works – a plan that identifies priorities for removing accessibility barriers in the City’s public right of way.

The City is accepting comments on the draft plan through Dec. 27. It is a supplemental plan to the City’s ADA Action Plan, a comprehensive policy document for the City of Minneapolis to comply with the Title II requirements of the ADA. The draft plan was last updated in 2012.

Open house on draft ADA Transition Plan for Public Works
4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16
Minneapolis Central Library, Doty Board Room, 300 Nicollet Mall

Read more…

Folks walking on a bustling Minnehaha Ave at Open Streets Lake +

What’s your vision for Open Streets Minneapolis?

Our Streets MN is partnering with the City of Minneapolis to reflect on Open Streets Minneapolis and evaluate how to make the events more meaningful and sustainable after the 2020 season. Could you let them know what you’d like to see in Open Streets Minneapolis events in 2021 and beyond? 

Click here to take the five question survey.

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 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

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 and submit your comments in support of continued funding and support for neighborhoods in one of the following ways:

Please cc the ANA at and Council Member Linea Palmisano at 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 or contact program coordinator Nancy Lo at 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  All Southwest park designs are searchable at and full Minnehaha Parkway designs are at

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.

All about shoveling

Keeping our sidewalks free of ice and snow is the neighborly thing to do, and it’s the law. For your own benefit and to help your neighbors, people pushing strollers or using wheelchairs, and the many people in Minneapolis who walk, please do your part.

Minneapolis Ordinance requires that property owners clear sidewalks after the end of a snowfall within:

  • 24 hours for single family homes and duplexes
  • Four daytime hours for apartments, commercial buildings and all other properties (daytime hours begin at 8 am)

When you shovel snow and clear ice:

  • Shovel the sidewalks on all sides of your property, the full width of the sidewalk down to the bare pavement.
  • Remove all ice from sidewalks.
  • Pile snow into your yard and boulevard. It’s against the law to shovel snow into streets and alleys.
  • If you have a corner property, clear pedestrian ramps at the street corners and crosswalks to the street gutter.  You are not required to clear snow ridges or piles left by the plows beyond the gutter.  City crews will make an effort to return to do this work as quickly as possible, but with some 16,000 corners to clear across the City, it may take a while.  However, your neighbors would appreciate it if you could clear the pile, or at least an opening sooner to help shorten the wait and provide a clear passage.

Avoid the cost of having the City clear your sidewalk

  • If the City of Minneapolis gets a complaint or discovers that a sidewalk is not properly cleared, Public Works will inspect the sidewalk and give the property owners a chance to clear it.
  • If the sidewalk has not been cleared upon re-inspection, the property owner may be issued a citation with a fine, and crews will remove the snow and ice from the sidewalk. Property owners will be billed for this service, and unpaid bills will be added to property tax statements.


  • You are responsible for clearing ice on your sidewalk as well as snow. Ice can be more dangerous and intimidating than snow.
  • The sooner and more completely you shovel, the less likely it is that the snow will become compacted ice which is much more difficult to remove.
  • Arrange for someone to shovel anytime you are away.
  • Shovel around your garbage carts and recycling bins. If you don’t, the City will do it for you and charge a fee. For information, see Solid Waste & Recycling.

Need help?

Want to go the extra mile?

  • Report snow and ice on sidewalks.
  • Are there neighbors on your street who are elderly, have a disability or may have a hard time shoveling for any reason? Work with your neighbors to give a hand and ensure your entire block is safe and accessible to all.
  • Download this snow shoveling flyer (pdf) to tell others about the rules and importance of sidewalk snow clearance.

Snow Emergency Rules

snow emergency route sign
Snow Emergencies are called after significant snowfall and before 6 p.m. on any given day. At 9 p.m. that day, Snow Emergency parking rules go into effect.

You can be notified about Snow Emergencies in several ways:

Snow Emergency Day 1: No parking on Snow Emergency Routes
Day 1 – 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. (overnight)

Do not park on either side of the street with the red sign:
Snow Emergency Route. Snow plows will clear those streets first

  • Park on either side of non-Snow Emergency routes (these streets DO NOT have the red sign: Snow Emergency Route).

After a street is fully plowed, feel free to park there, even if Snow Emergency parking rules are still in effect. Fully plowed means the street is completely cleared and plowed as wide as possible. Plows may come through more than once, so make sure that it is fully plowed as wide as possible before parking.

What is a Snow Emergency Route?

See Snow Emergency Route/Day 1 Parking Rules Map


Snow Emergency Day 2: No parking on EVEN side of non-Snow Emergency routes
Day 2 – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

At 8 a.m., Day Two parking rules begin.

Do not park on the EVEN side of non-Snow Emergency routes.
(Example: house address number: 1356 Maple or 2512 17th Ave.)

  • Do not park on either side of parkways.
  • Park on the odd side of non-Snow Emergency Route streets (example: house address number 1359 Maple or 2513 17th Ave.).
  • Park on either side of streets with the red sign: Snow Emergency Route.

After a street is fully plowed, feel free to park there, even if Snow Emergency parking rules are still in effect. Fully plowed means the street is completely cleared and plowed as wide as possible. Plows may come through more than once, so make sure that it is fully plowed as wide as possible before parking.

What do ODD and EVEN mean?

What is a parkway?

See Day 2 Parking Rules Map


Snow Emergency Day 3: No parking on the ODD side of non-Snow Emergency routes.
Day 3 – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

At 8 a.m., Day Three parking rules begin.

  • Do not park on the ODD side of non-Snow Emergency Route streets (example: house address number 1359 or 2513 17th Ave.).
  • Park on even side of non-Snow Emergency Route streets. (Example: house address number: 1356 Maple or 2512 17th Ave.)
  • Park on either side of streets marked with the red sign: Snow Emergency Route and you may park on parkways.

After a street is fully plowed, feel free to park there, even if Snow Emergency parking rules are still in effect. Fully plowed means the street is completely cleared and plowed as wide as possible. Plows may come through more than once, so make sure that it is fully plowed as wide as possible before parking.

See Day 3 Parking Rules Map