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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Public Hearing

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has a new project to place a network of air sensors in Minneapolis and St. Paul to monitor air quality. The MPCA and the two cities have scheduled a series of open houses to talk about the project and seek the public’s input on where to locate the sensors.  The open houses are:

  • Aug. 31, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Merriam Park Public Library, 1831 Marshall Ave., St. Paul
  • Sept. 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Powderhorn Park Rec Center, 3500 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis
  • Sept. 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Audubon Park Rec Center, 1320 29 Ave. NE, Minneapolis
  • Sept. 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Farview Park Rec Center, 621 29th Ave. N., Minneapolis

The MPCA plans to begin placing the sensors in January 2018. For more information, visit the project website.

Northeast Neighborhood Parks Project

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

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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 http://www.minneapolisparks.org/eastoftheriver.

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 www.minneapolisparks.org/subscribe. 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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To learn more about this project and others, visit www.minneapolisparks.org/planning.

The Northeast Network: Neighborhood Investment vs. Gentrification

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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.

RSVP here: https://northeastnetwork.eventbrite.com