LHiNC and MPRB want your feedback, so please join us for a Community Meeting on Thursday, March 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Bremer (43rd & Sheridan).

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has unveiled new design proposals for Linden Hills Park, Waveland Triangle, Dell Park, Linden Hills Boulevard and the Trolley Path. MPRB has developed at least two design options for most parks and is now collecting public comment.

In order to give Linden Hills residents the opportunity to study the plans up close, ask questions and provide direct comments on these proposals, LHiNC is inviting all our residents to attend a community meeting:

New Park Design Community Meeting
Thursday, March 21, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Bremer, Downtown Linden Hills, 43rd & Sheridan

 It will be a drop-in event, during which you can see all the designs, ask questions of MPRB staff and LHiNC board members and submit your comments. We will also provide snacks and drinks. Children are welcome – we’d like to hear their feedback, too!

Click on the image below to view all Linden Hills park proposals. You can also post your comments online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sw_concepts.

The new park designs are the result of the MPRB Southwest Area Master Plan. Over a period of seven months, MPRB held more than 100+ community events to gather 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.

With more snow headed our way this weekend, street parking could get confusing. Here is how it would work:

If Minneapolis declares a Snow Emergency beginning March 10 at 9 p.m., then Winter Parking Restrictions (no parking on the even side of the street) will be temporarily suspended beginning at 4 p.m. March 10 and will resume at 8 a.m. March 13.

Here is what that means for parking day-by-day:

March 10 (Day 1)

  • 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Winter Parking Restrictions suspended. Drivers may start moving their cars on to EITHER side of non-Snow Emergency routes.
  • 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. – Do not park on EITHER side of Snow Emergency routes until 8 a.m. or the street is fully plowed.

March 11, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 2)

Do not park on the EVEN numbered side of non-Snow Emergency routes until 8 p.m., or that side of the street is fully plowed, or on EITHER side of parkways until 8 p.m., or the parkway is fully plowed.

March 12, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 3)

Do not park on the ODD numbered side of non-Snow Emergency routes until 8 p.m., or that side of the street is fully plowed.

March 13, 8 a.m.

Winter Parking Restrictions resume. During Winter Parking Restrictions parking is banned on the EVEN numbered side of non-Snow-Emergency-routes until April 1, unless conditions allow the City to lift the ban earlier. Parking is allowed on Snow Emergency routes, parkways, and the ODD numbered side of non-Snow Emergency-routes, unless otherwise posted.

The proposed plans for new parks in Southwest Minneapolis have been released. Here are the concepts for the Linden Hills neighborhood – including Linden Hills Park, Waveland Triangle, Linden Hills Blvd, and Dell Park. You can provide comments at one of the workshops listed below or online.

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.

The RUBIES Robotics Team of SWHS, a fall grant winner, is using LHiNC grant money to fund a robotics education and outreach program.

Twice a year, LHiNC awards grants of up to $1000 to organizations or projects that make Linden Hills a better place to live and work.

Recent grant recipients include:

  • Midwest Food Connection
  • Prime Time – After School Program at Southwest High School
  • SHINE –  Education Outreach Program by the RUBIES Robotics Team
  • Southwest Lakes Community Choir

If you are interested in applying, please visit lindenhills.org/grants for grant guidelines and information about the application process. The deadline to apply for the Spring grant cycle is March 15. Please contact info@lindenhills.org, if you have any questions.

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:

metrotransit.org/e-line-project

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