Northeast Neighborhood Parks Project

New project will create long-term plan for all neighborhood parks east of the Mississippi River

Windom NE Park Playground Ribbon Cutting

A new project, the East of the River Park Master Plan, will create a long-term plan for all outdoor improvements and management at NE/SE Minneapolis neighborhood parks

Apply to serve on the East of the River Park Master Plan Community Advisory Committee by August 25!

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is seeking applications from the public to serve on the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the East of the River Park Master Plan. This planning project will guide long-term capital improvements, management and operations at all Minneapolis neighborhood parks east of the Mississippi River (Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis). Community members that offer diverse perspectives across race/ethnicity, age, physical ability, income and interest are encouraged to apply.

The East of the River Park Master Plan is a unique opportunity to build community and create a shared responsibility for a comprehensive vision for Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis parks for the coming decades. It will take a complete look at all outdoor park facilities, create improvement plans for each neighborhood park, and guide decisions on capital improvements—including NPP20 funding allocations.

The CAC will work with MPRB staff, the Youth Design Team and consultants over the next 12-18 months to make recommendations to MPRB Commissioners. It is our hope that the CAC and the park planning in general will be a process that harnesses diversity, allows the community to actively contribute to MPRB decisions and actions by creating an inclusive environment in which community feedback is embraced and acted upon.

How to Apply

You may pick up applications in person at each of the seven recreation centers in Northeast/Southeast Minneapolis: Audubon, Bottineau, Logan, Luxton, Van Cleve, Waite, Windom. Spanish language applications are available, and MPRB will translate applications into other languages upon request. For more information about the Youth Design Team reach out to Carrie Christensen, Project Manager, whose contact information is listed below.

Project details and CAC applications are linked below. They are also available online at

NE/SE Park Map
East of the River Park Plan CAC Application
East of the River Park Plan Project Page

CAC applications are due on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. CAC members will be appointed by elected officials, neighborhood organizations and MPRB staff through an application process.

Stay Informed

In addition to serving on the CAC, there will be many other ways to get involved in the project:

  • Sign up to receive email updates by subscribing at If you are already a subscriber, add “East of the River Park Plan” to your subscription preferences. Email updates are the best way to stay informed about meeting dates and other opportunities for engaging in the process.
  • Engage with CAC members at CAC meetings; each meeting will offer space for public comment.
  • Attend other public meetings. Though they have not yet been scheduled, MPRB expects numerous community meetings from Fall 2017 through Spring 2018. Sign up for email updates to stay informed.

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The Northeast Network: Neighborhood Investment vs. Gentrification


Join St. Anthony East’s own Dr. Brenda Kayzar and Ward 1 Council Member Kevin Reich for a discussion about the often blurry differences between gentrification and neighborhood investment.  They will discuss both historical practices and the present-day reality of living in a neighborhood experiencing the impacts of investment, speculation, and rising property values.

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Free Homebuyers Class

June is National Homeownership Month and to celebrate, Umoja and our partners at the Minnesota Homeownership Center are offering free homebuyer education to potential homebuyers and fun giveaways throughout the month.

 UCDC will offer our award-winning Home Stretch workshop for free on July 17 9AM – 5PM. HomeStretch is an eight-hour homebuyer workshop that covers all of the essential steps that buyers should take in order to realize their dream of homeownership – and how to avoid scams and dangerous products that are slowly returning to Minnesota.

We know secure homeownership is the key to creating vibrant communities. Successful homeownership takes smart choices relies on solid information. Nothing supports successful homeownership better than education.

UCDC is working hard to make sure everyone who wants to own a home has opportunities to learn about the process from professional, experienced and unbiased sources – whether in-person classes or personal counseling sessions – so that they can make smart choices about their homeownership options.  This June Homeownership Month, you can help us spread the word about out FREE homebuyer workshop to empower a new generation of homebuyers to make smart choices.

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For more information about HomeStretch, or Homebuyer Counseling and to hear about the giveaways we’ll be doing this month, connect with us on Facebook or check out our website!

St. Anthony East Ice Cream Social on Friday!

Celebrate the end of school and beginning of Summer with SAENA on Friday, June 16 5-7pm! Enjoy ice cream with your favorite toppings or some non-dairy treats!

**This year, the Ice Cream Social will take place at the Community Commons Park playground at Summer St. NE & Van Buren St NE.

If you are interested in volunteering to serve ice cream, please contact Christina at!