On January 8, the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council voted unanimously to support a soil restoration project for the neighborhood. The project will be headed up by Linden Hills resident and LHiNC Environmental Committee member Ginny Halloran and Kassie Brown from Renaissance Soil.

The project will begin in the spring, when Halloran and Brown convert a section of the trolley path into a demonstration site, showing residents how to create healthy carbon-rich soil lawns. This process called carbon sequestration helps to reverse climate change by pulling CO2 out of the atmosphere. It also helps the environment by making lawns less susceptible to drought and in need of watering, because during rainstorms, healthy soil can store more water deep in the soil. This also reduces fertilizer runoff into our lakes and rivers. Additionally, pollinators thrive on a healthy carbon rich lawn!

The purpose of the project is to train those interested in the neighborhood on how to create such a lawn. More information will be coming about this exciting sustainability project sponsored by Linden Hills Environment Committee and executed in partnership with Renaissance Soil throughout the upcoming year.

Metro Transit Wants Your Input

Metro Transit is planning to improve transit service with the E Line rapid bus project. E Line would follow Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis, and Uptown Metro Transit is starting a Corridor Study to evaluate E Line routing options on more segments of Route 6 south of Uptown, along West Lake, Xerxes and France.

On the northern end, we are looking at routing options along 4th Street and University Avenue. Changes to the Route 6 and other connecting bus service will also be included in the study. Metro Transit would like your input to help determine where the E Line will go.

For more info, to complete a survey and receive updates, please visit:


Over the past seven months, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board staff held 100+ public events to collect ideas and input from Southwest community members about local parks. Using this information and working with a design team, MPRB has developed initial concepts for every Southwest Minneapolis park.

The next step is to hold public workshops to ask people to view and comment on initial park design concepts. Each workshop includes kids’ activities and refreshments.

Park Design Workshops will be held on the following dates:

  • Thursday, Jan. 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, Feb. 4, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rec Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S
  • Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Whittier Recreation Center, 425 W 26th St.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Jones-Harrison Residence, Centrum Rm., 3700 Cedar Lake Ave.

If you are unable to attend a meeting, all concepts will be posted to the SW Parks Plan project page (minneapolisparks.org/sw) on Jan. 31, along with a link to an online survey to provide feedback.

In addition, paper copies of the park designs and comment cards will be available at the Linden Hills Recreation Center starting Jan. 31. And, MPRB staff will present the designs at the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council meeting on February 5, 2019, held from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Linden Hills Recreation Center.

Saturday, January 26 from 12:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Lake Harriet near the Bandshell

Art Shanty Projects on Lake Harriet in January 2018

This year, Art Shanty Projects will be joining the Kite Festival on Lake Harriet for a fundraiser and community celebration featuring all-day art shanty performances, activities and art!

Last winter, Art Shanty Projects made its Minneapolis debut on Lake Harriet. The frozen art festival, featuring 22 artist-designed shanties and dozens of live performances, attracted more than 40,000 visitors to Lake Harriet.

Due to budget shortfalls, the Art Shanty Projects decided that it was not able to provide an on-ice program this winter, but intends to return to Lake Harriet in 2020.

To help make that happen, Art Shanty Projects invites you to stick around for a twilight after-party in a heated tent! Partake in bingo, raffles, s’mores and more – all to support the organization and next year’s event.

Partners currently include Linden Hills Neighborhood Council, Peace Coffee, and Pat’s Tap. Art Shanty Projects is coming out of hibernation this winter for just one day to celebrate the spirit of ASP and its return to Lake Harriet in 2020! Hope to see you there!

To read more about Art Shanty Projects or to donate, please visit: artshantyprojects.org

Kite Festival 2018

Saturday, January 26 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Lake Harriet near the Bandshell

The Lake Harriet Kite Festival attracts hundreds every year for a day full of outdoor fun, both on and off the ice. Organized by the Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board along with Linden Hills Neighborhood Council and East Harriet Neighborhood Association, this FREE family-oriented outdoor event is great for all ages and abilities.

Bring your own kite or buy one at the festival. Check out the huge kites and highflying talents of the Minnesota Kite Society. Enjoy music, ice fishing, snowshoeing and more. Assorted food trucks will be onsite to serve hot food and beverages for purchase. And if you get cold, cozy up to a fire pit or take a break in the warming tent.

Other Kite Festival activities include:

· FREE s’mores sponsored by LHiNC

· Arts and crafts by MiA

· Fat tire bike riding by Farmstead Bike Shop

· Wintery nature hikes by MPRB naturalists

The Kite Festival is still looking for volunteers to help. Volunteer shifts are 2-hour increments. Duties include helping with ice fishing, snowshoeing, fire pits, set-up and teardown and more! If interested, contact Erica Chua at echua@minneapolisparks.org or 612-230-6479.

Thanks to TEA2 Architects for its premier sponsorship of the event.

Linea Palmisano, City Council Member – Ward 13

On Friday, December 7, Minneapolis City Council passed the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan by a vote of 12-1. Minneapolis 2040 is a plan that shapes how the city will grow and change, covering topics such as housing, job access, the design of new buildings, and how we use our streets. Ward 13 City Council Member Linea Palmisano was the lone dissenting vote. In an email to constituents, Palmisano wrote:

“I could not, in good conscience, support a plan that asks for community input, but that also went to such lengths to ignore and discredit that same input. This is
unfortunate too because this plan has amazing goals. I still support those goals and I support many pieces of this plan but I could not vote for it.”

To read more about her vote and the amendments she supported, please read CM Palmisano’s letter to the public.

You can also read more about the 2040 vote in the Southwest Journal and the Star Tribune

At the end of September, the city released a second draft of its comprehensive plan Minneapolis 2040.

LHiNC and Ward 13 Council Member Linea Palmisano planned a community meeting on October 24 to discuss the revised version with residents. More than 100 Linden Hills residents attended. As part of the public meeting, LHiNC created a simple survey asking residents if they supported the plan, and if not, why.

Based on these comments and the Board’s independent review of the revised 2040 plan, the Linden Hills Council drafted a letter to Council Member Palmisano outlining the concerns of neighborhood residents.

Read LHiNC’s Response to the revised draft of Minneapolis 2040.

The Linden Hills Neighborhood Council is in the midst of a website overhaul. As part of the process, we are developing a new tagline, and we are hoping you can help us.

LHiNC wants to know why you – a Linden Hills resident – treasure this neighborhood. It could be the people, the restaurants, the parks, the lake. It could be all of them combined!

We ask that all submissions be 140 characters or less. We plan to use the input to not only develop a tagline, but with your permission, also use your quotes throughout the site and in our materials. That is why we ask for your name and email, but it is not required.

Thank you in advance for your help and input!

On October 24, Council Member Linea Palmisano held a discussion with concerned residents at the Linden Hills Park Building about the latest draft of the Minneapolis 2040 plan. More than 100 people attended the event to ask questions and voice their concerns and ideas about the plan.

Minneapolis 2040 is a draft Comprehensive Plan that shapes how the city will grow and change. The draft covers topics such as housing, job access, the design of new buildings, and how we use our streets. The revised draft of Minneapolis 2040 was released in late September and can be viewed at www.minneapolis2040.com.

At the meeting, organized by the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council, people were asked to fill out a ballot, indicating their level of support for the plan and outlining their greatest concerns about the plan.

According to the ballots, 69% of those attending said they did not support the plan, 30% said they have concerns that need to be addressed before supporting the plan, and 4% said they support the plan. The most common concerns listed included: re-zoning for triplexes, parking issues, public transportation, and environmental impact. The ballot results have been shared with the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council and Council Member Linea Palmisano to inform recommendations to the city.

Per an email sent out this month, Council Member Palmisano wrote, “Since the second draft came out, I have been meeting regularly with individuals who can directly impact this process going forward. I have been advocating for incremental amendments to this plan that I believe are good for the city as a whole. I will not stop offering specific ideas and recommendations for improvement, and I will continue to seek outside review and advice.”

The last public hearing for Minneapolis 2040 was held on November 14th. The next steps in the process are two Committee of the Whole meetings on November 26th at 10 a.m. and December 5th at 1:30 p.m., when Council members can propose changes to the plan. City Council’s final vote on the plan will be on December 7th at 9:30 a.m. All of these meetings are open to the public but are NOT public hearings.

To share your ideas and concerns with CM Palmisano, you can email her at Linea.Palmisano@minneapolismn.gov.

Her office also encourages you to send comments to councilcomment@minneapolismn.gov, which is how constituent feedback will be entered into the public record for this phase of the process.