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 or text/leave a voice mail at (612) 440-5762. Please cc the ANA at and Council Member Linea Palmisano at 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 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

Check out the full list of accepted items and organizations supported through the Donation Drive at

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:

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
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

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

Online Open House (Facebook Live)
Tuesday, April 30
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
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

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  All Southwest park designs are searchable at and full Minnehaha Parkway designs are at

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)