Hiawatha landscaping continues with phase 2 tree planting

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By robb, December 16, 2015 2:14 pm

Ongoing efforts to increase tree canopy, provide shade, improve aesthetics and comfort, and reduce the heat island effect along Hiawatha Ave continued with the recent planting of 130 trees from the county’s gravel-bed nursery. The trees were planted on the west side of the road between 32nd and 46th streets by Sentencing to Service crews and staff from Hennepin County, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and the nonprofit Tree Trust.

Although the trees from the gravel-bed nursery may look small, the robust root structure they developed in the gravel bed throughout the summer increases their chances of thriving in their transplanted location. The new trees include Kentucky Coffeetree, American Elm, Frontyard Linden, and Amur Maackia and will add to the diversity of species already in the corridor.

This new installation adds to the 350 trees planted in the corridor in spring 2014, as part of a partnership between Hennepin County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The county continues to look at opportunities to green this corridor in coming years.

Phase 2 Hiawatha tree planting

Phase 2 Hiawatha trees - roots

Share your thoughts on new Minneapolis park plans for area parks

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By robb, December 10, 2015 2:50 pm

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is in the process of creating new park plans for the South Service Area – which includes all neighborhood parks south of downtown and east of I-35W. The purpose of the plans are to show what the parks will look like in the future and help the Park Board plan to for resources they have and align what’s in the parks with what people really want there.

They will be holding an Open House on December 15, 2015 from 6 to 8 pm at Longfellow Recreation Center to get your thoughts on the plans. The meeting will focus on Adams Triangle, Brackett Field, Hiawatha School Park, Longfellow Park, Matthews Park, Normanna Triangle, and Seven Oaks Oval — although comments on all parks will be taken. Check the project web page for more information.

Adams Triangle

Concept for Adams Triangle – also identified as possible public / civic / community space in Minnehaha-Hiawatha Community Works framework document.

Installation of street furniture planned for early spring

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By robb, November 17, 2015 10:36 am

The first phase of the Minnehaha Avenue street furniture — for locations between 38th and 46th streets — will be installed in early spring 2016.  Dero will be fabricating the new Minnehaha Avenue bike racks early next year – and they’ve developed a great 3-D image of what they will look like.  The County also plans to put out a bid for the planters and benches in December.

Minnehaha "bike" bike rackMinnehaha trees bike rack

New bike racks for Minnehaha Avenue

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By robb, October 30, 2015 12:22 pm

Next spring, Minnehaha Avenue businesses will be getting new bike racks in conjunction with the reconstruction of Minnehaha Avenue.  These two bike rack designs were selected from almost 50 designs that were submitted in a Longfellow Community Council organized bike-rack design contest.  The new racks will be funded through the Minnehaha-Hiawatha Community Works program and the City of Minneapolis bike cost share program.

Minnehaha Ave Bike Racks

Experience Minnehaha Avenue in one week

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By robb, October 16, 2015 11:26 am

Experience Minnehaha October 24 event flyer

Experience Minnehaha Avenue, featuring the Minne-Mile Nightmarket and Great Golden Pumpkin Search

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By robb, October 10, 2015 9:54 pm

Experience Minnehaha Avenue on October 24, 2015

A day and night of fun to support our local businesses.  Bring your friends, family and neighbors!  Celebrate the half-way mark for rebuilding Minnehaha Avenue!

12 to 5 p.m.        The Great Golden Pumpkin Search

Embark on a quest to find the Golden Pumpkin at 16 shops along Minnehaha Avenue and join in special activities along the way. Pumpkin-finders will be eligible for great prizes!

Where?  16 businesses along Minnehaha between Lake Street and Minnehaha Park – Grab a “pumpkin search” card at participating locations – Details to come.

5 to 10 p.m.        Minne-Mile Nightmarket and fall festival

Food trucks, artisan booths, beer, movies, and local vendors selling green, upcycled, ecological merchandise! Plus a ton of family fun with jugglers, bubble contraptions, a mini-arcade, bouncy house, and more (5 to 7 pm).  Live music from Liz Wilkinson & Andrew Scheiber, Dan Israel, and Jake Allen.

Where?  Adams Triangle, 41st St. & Minnehaha Ave. / Time Bomb Vintage, 4008 Minnehaha Ave.

More info – Facebook.com/ExperienceMinnehaha

Brought to you by the Longfellow Business Association, Longfellow Community Council, Hennepin County, Minnehaha Mile businesses, Patrick’s Cabaret.