Category: Project Information

Park Board posts preferred park concepts online

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By robb, February 29, 2016 11:33 am

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has completed “preferred park concepts” for parks in the south service area.  These concepts are available for review on the MPRB web site:

East sector:  Brackett, Hiawatha School, Longfellow, Matthews, Adams Triangle, Normanna Triangle, and Seven Oaks Oval

Central sector: Central, Corcoran, Phelps, Powderhorn, Sibley

Adams Triangle has been identified in the Minnehaha-Hiawatha Community Works investment framework as a unique opportunity to create a public space and community amenity along Minnehaha Avenue.  The MPRB with community support have developed a park concept that integrates sustainability, community orchards, stormwater management, and public space improvements.

Adams Triangle concept

Adams Triangle proposed facilities

Experience Minnehaha Avenue on August 22

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By robb, August 20, 2015 3:27 pm

Join your neighbors for a series of fun, FREE, all-ages events along Minnehaha Avenue on Saturday, August 22 from noon to 4 pm! Enjoy dance performances and learn some new steps — from hip hop to break-dancing to Middle Eastern and drum performances. Performances/instruction will be outside along Minnehaha Avenue at the Fix Studio, Selam Coffee, Sosa Foods, and Adams Triangle.

In addition, LOLA will be hosting Pop-Up Shops at 6 vintage/reuse shops along the Minnehaha Mile shopping district. Artists will be in the shops from 1 to 4 pm.

Bike, walk, bus, (or drive) over to Minnehaha for music, dance/lessons, art, food, table tennis, bubbles – and a chance to support your local Minnehaha
Avenue businesses! More information on Experience Minnehaha Avenue activities can be found on the project Facebook page.

Experience Minnehaha Poster

Open Call to Artists: Minnehaha Avenue Bike Rack Designs

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By crystal, July 29, 2015 12:10 pm

Calling all artists and inspired community members!!

Make your mark on Minnehaha Avenue as part of the new streetscape design.

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Summary

Longfellow Community Council, in partnership with Hennepin County, is seeking a logo design for approximately 130 new stainless steel hoop bike racks that will be installed on Minnehaha Avenue between Lake Street and 46th Street. The design will be laser cut into a 10.125” diameter circular metal plate.

Background and history

Minnehaha Avenue is home to over 140 businesses and 740 residential dwellings. This popular thoroughfare is characterized by its thick tree canopy, multi-family apartment complexes and an eclectic mix of businesses. Hennepin County, in partnership with the City of Minneapolis, is reconstructing Minnehaha Avenue from East 46th Street to Lake Street during the 2015 and 2016 construction seasons to address the deteriorating pavement, utility and drainage concerns, non-motorized accommodations and storm water quality conditions.

Purpose

The reconstructed road will be safer, more livable, and welcoming to all users, featuring improved pedestrian facilities (shortened crossings at intersections, improving bus stops and ramp curbs to make them fully accessible) and enhanced dedicated bicycle lanes. The purpose of the artist designed bike racks is to add character to the community, create a sense of place that reflects the neighborhood and the values of its residents, and celebrate the improvements in walkability and bikability in the corridor.

Submission requirements

In order to be considered, submissions must be:

  1. Received between Monday July 20 (12 a.m.) and Sunday August 16 (11:59 p.m.), 2015
  2. Emailed to Joe Sturm at joe@longfellow.org
  1. Presented in a vector or high resolution .jpeg format
  2. Comply with the technical guidelines (see page 3 below)
  3. Include the creator’s name, address, phone number, and email address

Other guidelines

  1. Artists may submit more than one design and/or a series of designs as one submission
  2. Designs that reflect Minnehaha Avenue, the surrounding community, and the neighborhood are encouraged, though not required
  3. The design may include text
  4. See examples of other bike rack styles with laser cut designs here: https://www.dero.com/product/logo-bike-racks/. Note that the bike rack styles pictured here are not the hoop rack style with center plate that we will be using, which is pictured above.

Selection process

A panel comprised of members from the Minnehaha Streetscape and Public Art committee will select a winning design and notify the artist by email by Friday, August 21. We will also publicize the winner and winning design via our website.

Timeline

The bike racks with the custom design will be installed in phases between September 2015 and April 2017.

Prize/honorarium

$500 shall be awarded in consideration for granting Hennepin County and Longfellow Community Council the right to use the winning design for the Hoop Bike Rack and to use depictions or two-dimensional reproductions of the design in all formats, including in electronic formats for non-commercial purposes.

Please contact Joe Sturm at the Longfellow Community Council with any questions.

Email: joe@longfellow.org

Phone: (612)722-4529 ext 13

Technical Guidelines

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$25 trees from Minneapolis City Tree Program

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By robb, March 17, 2015 10:34 am

It’s time for the City of Minneapolis’ annual City Tree Program.  Minneapolis property owners —  including residents, businesses and nonprofits — are eligible to purchase a tree for $25.  You can choose from several varieties and sizes of trees, including fruit trees.  Trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Order online beginning March 23rd for the best selection.   Go to the Tree Trust website for more info or to order a tree.

Fix-it clinic at Longfellow Park

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By robb, February 9, 2015 12:11 pm

Hennepin County’s monthly Fix-It-Clinics provide an opportunity for residents to receive free, guided assistance from volunteers with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot, and fix their broken household items. Items could include small household appliances, lamps, clothing, electronics, mobile devices, and more.

Volunteer fixers who have skills in electrical, mechanical or electronics repair, wood working, sewing or general tinkering are essential to making the clinics successful. The clinic comes to Longfellow on Saturday, February 14 from 12 noon to 4 pm at the Longfellow Park Recreation Center at 36th Avenue and 35th Street.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Nancy Lo at nancy.lo@hennepin.us or 612-348-9195.

Minnehaha Avenue street enhancements

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By robb, October 18, 2014 8:11 am

As part of the reconstruction of Minnehaha Avenue, the Minnehaha-Hiawatha Community Works program is looking at ways to enhance the overall environment and experience of the street.

We are looking at opportunities to create a corridor identity to include new bike racks, planters, trash cans, benches, wayfinding, and other amenities.  These streetscaping investments would be done in conjunction with new corridor lighting and buffered bike lanes being installed as part of the road’s reconstruction.

You can find out more at the Community Works table at the Longfellow Community Council’s Resource Fair, which takes place before their 6 p.m. annual meeting:

Tuesday, October 21, 5 to 6 p.m. (resource fair)
Minnehaha Academy, North Campus
3100 West River Parkway, Minneapolis