Preliminary Work Starting at St Anthony Parkway Bridge

Centerpoint Energy is beginning work on replacing and relocating gas mains in and around the bridge replacement project area. You can expect to see this gas main replacement work occurring on Columbia St, 31st Ave, California St, St. Anthony Parkway, and Main Street between now and Labor Day. There may be temporary lane closures or detours required to complete the work–please follow the posted signs. Additional utility relocation work will occur by Excel Energy (electrical), but the work has not yet been scheduled. Please visit the project website for more project information and construction updates:

Hi View Pool and Playground Meetings

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will be redoing the pool and playground at Hi View Park. There will be three public meetings about what features and styles we would like for the new look. The meetings will all be at the Columbia Manor from 6-7:30 pm on the following dates…
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Puppet Show and Potluck Picnic Thursday June 26th

Come join the neighbors for a family friendly picnic and puppet show at the Columbia Park picnic shelter on Thursday June 26th. The picnic starts at 6:30 and the show is at 7:00pm. Columbia Park neighbor and puppeteer Margo McCreary and her troop will perform the ON-TIME CIRCUS! The show includes puppets, clowning and live music and is sure to be a hit with the younger set. For more information on the performance check out our June Newsletter.

Metro Blooms looking for Garden Evaluators


Blooming Boulevards’ efforts to promote and recognize boulevard gardens began in 1983 under the leadership of the City of Minneapolis’ Committee on Urban Environment (CUE). Member Nate Siegel was so impressed with the beautiful boulevard flower gardens on a visit to Vancouver, B.C., that he started a similar program to beautify Minneapolis.

In 2002, Friends of CUE formed a nonprofit to enable us to secure donations and grants to help carry on our mission of promoting and celebrating Minneapolis gardens.
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MNDOT Roadside Planting Rescheduled to Saturday June 14th

Looking south from 36th AV NE

Well, the weather did not cooperate. Our June 7th date was rained out….please come on the 14th, Same time, same place. If you would like to help unload the plants, that will be at 8:00am.
Come volunteer Saturday June 14, 2014 starting at 9:30 am. We will be planting the trees, and shrubs to regreen right of way along University AV NE. If you have them bring shovels to plant and rakes to spread wood chips. Our partners at Hennepin County will provide a Sentence to Serve crew to aide us and the Minneapolis and Recreation Board water truck will come give us the first watering of the area.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Ecological Systems Plan

Community Advisory Committee applications sought by June 9

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) are preparing the first-ever Ecological System Plan. This plan will set a vision for making parks and public lands more friendly to the environment.

The MPRB is currently accepting applications from the general public to serve on the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the project. The 17- to 19-member CAC will include appointments from MPRB Commissioners, the MWMO Board, and other elected officials. Download an application from the project website at
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Proposed 2014-2016 CPP Budget-Vote at Annual Meeting June 16th

At the annual meeting and potluck picnic at the Columbia Picnic Pavilion on June 16, we will be voting on the proposed 2014-16 CPP (Community Participation Plan) for the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association. Please read the application and more detailed budget. If you have comments or would like to suggest changes please send them to our CPNA email, contact prior to June 14th.

Proposed 2014-16 CPP Application

Proposed 2014-16 CPP Budget