June 15, 2016 eNews

June Meeting Agenda

June 21, 2016
6:30pm in the Armatage Community Center

  • Welcome
  • Quarterly Safety Update
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
    • Park improvements
  • NCEC Elections
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
      • Organics workshop recap
    • Summer Festival (August 8)
  • Coordinator Update
    • July newsletter topics
    • Holiday lighting idea
  • Treasurer Report
  • Secretary Report
  • Board Officer Elections
  • New Business

Please submit agenda items and requests for special needs or childcare at least 3 days in advance.

Organics Recycling Workshop

We had a great turn out for our first organics recycling workshop! Some of the information that was interesting to learn:

  • Organics recycling doesn’t mean only “organic” food can be composted, but rather a large list of items can be included, way beyond what backyard compost bins can handle.
  • Samples from area landfills showed 40% of what was being dumped could have been recycled through an organics program.
  • You can still sign-up to get an organics recycling can – at no additional cost!
  • The organics compost that is created is mostly being used by the DOT to help prevent erosion, as it can retain 6x more water than regular soil.
  • Placing food scraps down garbage disposals puts unnecessary burdens on waste water treatment facility.
  • If something can be recycled or composted – recycle it! You help save more natural resources that way.

It takes a little getting used to, but just like when we all started regular recycling, before you know it, you don’t even have to think about it!

Garage Sale Survey

Kenny and Armatage neighborhood garage sales have traditionally been held on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Please take this short survey about possible alternative weekends (or if you’d like it to stay the same)!

Summer Food Program for Kids

Minneapolis Public Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Breakfast, Lunch, Snack and/or Supper will be provided to all children (ages 1-18), without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, at no charge and meet nutritional standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Armatage is a site providing lunch (12:00-1:00) and snack (3:00-4:00), Monday – Friday until August 19.

Summer Fun at our Parks!

Beaches, Pools & Waterparks

Movies & Music in the Park

Adult Tennis

Looking for a fun way to be active and connect with other recreational tennis players in your community? Join us for social match play Wednesday evenings at the Armatage Park tennis courts. Players will be matched according to ability, then mix and mingle while playing singles and/or doubles matches. All skill levels welcome, but having a basic understanding of the rules of tennis is important. Prizes will be awarded for the most sets won in various categories at the end of the session.

  • Session 1 June 15 – July 13. No matches on July 6. Activity #65347
  • Session 2: July 27 – August 17. Activity #61065

Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Armatage Park Courts
Participants need to bring their own racquet.
Please wear non-marking athletic shoes.
Dress appropriately and bring water.

Visit Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board at http://bit.ly/1TGHHLA

View the Lake Harriet & Calhoun Master Plan

After 11 public meetings spanning almost 10 months, at its last meeting, the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) approved its final recommendations for the master plan, which will create a 25-year vision for Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet and the surrounding parkland within Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Regional Park.
View Recommendations

Next Steps

A formal master plan document is currently being drafted based on the final CAC recommendations. The draft master plan document is expected to be presented to the Board of Commissioners later this summer.

Once the Board of Commissioners receives the draft master plan document, it will open a 45-day public comment period. After the public comment period closes, MPRB staff will categorize and respond to each public comment and seek approval from the Board of Commissioners.

Once approved by the Board of Commissioners, the master plan will be submitted to the Metropolitan Council for its approval and final adoption. The first round of improvements identified in the master plan will begin in spring 2017.