New Board for 2016-2017

At the August 15, 2016 meeting of the CPNA board the following board members were elected to serve as officers for the 2016-2017 year.
◾Jane McCarney, co-chair
◾Melody Devine, co-chair
◾Joy Johnson, treasurer
◾Mike Melman, secretary

They are joined by these neighbors to fill 9 of the 10 seats on the board.
◾Vickie Jensen, board member
◾Irro Mohamed, board member
◾Yusuf Mohamed, board member
◾Elaine Nissen, board member
◾Jeff Schalles, board member

Interested in serving.  Attend at least one meeting and you can become a board member at the next meeting until the seats are filled.

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Draft Agenda CPNA Board/General Meeting on Monday August 15, 2016

The regular Board/ General Meeting of the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association will be held Monday May 16, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the Columbia Golf Manor 3300 Central AV NE, main floor Bride’s Room at end of the south corridor.

Need Accessible entrance opened call Liz at 612-390-3735

Columbia Park Draft Meeting Agenda for Monday, August 15, 2016

Board Members:  Melody Devine, Vickie Jensen, Joy Johnson, Jane McCarney, Mike Melman, Irro Mohamed, Yusuf Mohamed, Elaine Nissen, and Jeff Schalles

6:30 – Call to Order for Board Actions

Election of 2016-17 Officers

Approval of the Agenda

Approval of Draft Minutes for CPNA annual meeting June 20, 2016

Treasurer’s Report- Receive and File for June/July 2016 (one report as we do not meet in July)

Approval of the 2015 Tax filings for CPNA

General Meeting

6:45 Crime and Safety Update:  Meet Sarah Becker, 2nd Precinct Community Attorney

New Business

7:00  Nancy Pryzmus staffer and Bottineau Neighborhood Board member.  First round results of NE Riverfront Neighborhoods Cancer Study and request for assistance in Columbia Park for Phase II of the study

Updates from the new NCR actions at the City of Minneapolis

Old Business

Update from Dan Karst on issues with the city and DLTL site upgrades

Results of neighborhood surveys mailed in and collected at the Annual Meeting

Annual meeting recap…What went well, what didn’t, changes for 2017

Transfer of NPP funds from the Hi View Pool to the sidewalk connection update

Announcements/ Communications

Eastside Community & School BBQ: Thursday, August 25

Get ready for one of the Eastside’s biggest parties – the 10th Annual Eastside Community & School Barbeque is coming up on Thursday, August 25, 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Edison High School, 700 – 22nd Avenue NE.

This event started ten years ago as a kick-off of Edison’s school year and a thank you to its hardworking lunch ladies. It’s evolved into a community-wide celebration that last year hosted 3000 people. All of the Eastside Schools – Marcy Open, Northeast Middle School, Pillsbury Elementary, Edison High School, Sheridan Elementary, Waite Park Elementary and Webster Elementary – will be having their open houses the same night so families can stop by the Barbeque before or after their visit.

Come join your friends and neighbors for this tasty and activity-filled event!

Dear Neighborhood Leader,

This September, NCR will conduct a second Neighborhood Board Survey, one of several ways we are implementing our Blueprint for Equitable Engagement and helping us gain a better understanding of who is serving on neighborhood boards. To conduct the survey, we would like to stop by in person at an upcoming board meeting and have board members fill out the survey while we are there. NCR staff will contact you soon to request a brief visit at your September Board meeting.


The survey is very brief, and should only take a few minutes for your board members to complete. NCR is working hard to support the work of neighborhood organizations and this survey is one way for us to measure the impact and engagement of neighborhood work. We are currently developing additional ways to demonstrate the value of neighborhood organizations and look forward to your help in developing those tools. We’ve included some Questions and Answers below for more details.

We encourage all board members to take the survey, and we appreciate all the great work you do on behalf of your neighborhoods, and the city!


David Rubedor

Questions and Answers

What is the purpose of the survey?

The purpose of this survey is to collect demographic information about the body of volunteers serving as board members of neighborhood organizations funded by the City of Minneapolis. You can see the results of the 2014 Neighborhood Organization Diversity Survey here:

How will my personal information be used?

Your responses to this survey will be confidential and will not be identifiable to you as an individual. All information received as a result of this survey will be aggregated (combined) and your actual survey destroyed once data aggregation is completed. For reporting purposes, responses will only be aggregated to preserve the privacy of all respondents. Data may also be available to help your neighborhood organization benchmark how it is doing compared to other neighborhood organizations similar to yours.

What if a board member isn’t available at the September Board Meeting?

Your Neighborhood Specialist will work with you to encourage max participation and complete all surveying by the end of September.

Does every individual have to take the survey?

Volunteers are under no obligation to take the survey or answer any particular survey question. If you decline to take the survey or to answer any of the particular questions, no adverse consequences to you or your neighborhood organization will occur.

What impact will this survey have on my neighborhood organization?

Survey participation will have no adverse consequences for your neighborhood organization. However, failure to provide the information will affect completeness of the survey and therefore the success of the survey. Full participation from neighborhoods across the city will allow NCR to better serve you and residents citywide.

Will the survey results be public?

The aggregated data will be public provided the data meets the summary data requirements of Minnesota Government Data Practices Act. Summary data is report data derived from data on individuals but in which individuals are not identified and from which neither the individuals’ identities nor any other characteristic that could uniquely identify an individual is ascertainable.

Who will see my actual survey?

The persons who may receive your actual survey include the individuals who are involved in aggregating the survey responses, the City Coordinator, and the city attorneys assisting with the summary data analysis. The information may also be supplied to the Minnesota Department of Administration – Information Policy Analysis Division, state and federal courts, and attorneys representing any of the above individuals or entities.

How else will you be measuring neighborhood work in the future?

NCR works to Support Strong, Vibrant and Functional Neighborhood Organizations (Strategy 2 of our Blueprint for Equitable Engagement) and we will be seeking feedback this fall from you and other neighborhood organizations on how we can measure and share the progress toward this goal. Stay tuned for more details soon.

David Rubedor

8:00- Adjourn

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 Bike, walk, and play in the street at Open Streets Northeast!


Back for another year, it’s time to celebrate all that Northeast Minneapolis has to offer at Open Streets Northeast! Open Streets brings together communities – residents, businesses, and nonprofits – to highlight all that’s amazing about a neighborhood! Stop by Open Streets Northeast and see what makes it such a unique and amazing part of our city! Don’t forget that you can also sign up to volunteer for a short shift and get a cool Open Streets 2016 t-shirt! Over 150 volunteers are needed to power this amazing community event – become one today!
Open Streets Northeast
August 7, 2016 11:00am – 5:00pm
Central Ave, 22nd Ave, 5th St, and 13th Ave

Dance, Bike, Play!

19672685481_6a5388184b_z.jpgThe highlight of Open Streets is all the amazing activities happening on the street! Bring your bike, skates, or wheelchair and roll down the street – or walk, skip, and run in a street free of cars and full of community. There’s plenty to see and do – including:

  • Live music all day on stage at Lowry and Central celebrating Ecuadorian independence;
  • Exercise and dance on the street at 22nd and Central;
  • Get a free health check up thanks to the HCMC HealthFair 11 “Q-Mobile” on 22nd Ave NE;
  • Food, music, and fun at Grace Center on 5th St;
  • More food activities on the street at 13th Ave!

There’s too much happening to list it all – stop by the Open Streets booth for a highlights map, and then explore from there!

Help keep Open Streets rolling in NE – Volunteer!

nicolletfriends.jpgVolunteering is the best way to experience Open Streets Minneapolis! Get your free 2016 Open Streets Mpls T-shirt and ice cream for becoming one of the 150 people needed to power this route! There are many fun volunteer options to chose from, so hurry and snag yours before we close the sign up on August 3rdSign up today!



1428 Washington Ave S, #204, Minneapolis, MN 55454, United States
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Shoreham Yards Community Conversation: Wed. July 13

Bike Center Concept Picture

Join your neighbors for a community conversation about Shoreham Yards and an activity center concept that features a velodrome, retail and multi-purpose space. This meeting is co-hosted by Columbia Park Neighborhood Association and Shoreham Area Advisory Committee.

Wednesday, July 13, 6:30 p.m.

Columbia Manor

3300 Central Avenue NE


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Have a Safe and Fun Independence Day

Celebrate the Fourth of July during Minneapolis Red, White and Boom, a two-day July 4th clipart

celebration hosted by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. The event, held along the downtown Minneapolis Riverfront, features live music, great food, fun activities for the whole family, and the grand finale – fireworks!

On Monday, July 4, Father Hennepin Bluff Park will offer FREE family activities in the Family Fun Zone, 6–9:30 pm including balloon twisters, caricature artists, and hair and face painting. Bands performing this year are as follows:

Father Hennepin Bluff Park                                                     Mill Ruins Park

6–7:30 pm Matthew Hannah                                                         6–7:30 pm Plaid Brixx
8-10 pm Funktion Junction                                                           8–10 pm Dylan Jakobsen

Boom Island Park

8:30–9:45 pm Minnesota Orchestra (NEW this year!)

The Red, White and Boom Celebration closes with a spectacular fireworks display along the Riverfront at 10 pm. For more information please go to

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City Organics Recycling Update

Citywide Organics Roll-Out is Complete

Organics recycling carts have now been delivered citywide to more than 38,200 residents who have signed up, and by the end of June, we’ll have collected more organics in 2016 than in all of 2015.  You can still sign up to receive a green organics recycling cart, and you’ll get yours within a couple weeks. There is no extra charge to have your organics picked up every week on your collection day.  Sign up online or by calling Solid Waste & Recycling at  612-673-2917.


Common Organics Recycling No-No’s

Please remember that the following items are not accepted in the green organics recycling carts:

  • Yard waste
  • Milk cartons (these may go in your blue recycling cart)
  • Frozen food boxes
  • Pet and human waste products including: pet waste, litter or bedding, diapers, baby wipes and feminine hygiene products (State will not allow compost facilities to accept these)
  • Shiny, lined food service items including hot and cold cups, paper plates with designs on them, paper ice-cream tubs, and takeout containers that are not labeled as certified compostable (Check on BPI website to verify if products are BPI certified compostable)


Calling Recycling Block Leaders

As of June 27th, over 100 residents have signed up to become Recycling Block Leaders spreading the word about recycling, organics recycling, waste reduction, reuse and more on their block.  Recycling Block Leaders will receive email updates from the City and pass this information along to your neighbors.  Educational topics will change over time.  The first priority will be to encourage neighbors to participate in the organics recycling program and to answer any questions they have on what’s acceptable and what is not.  Recycling block leaders can order educational resources, like brochures, yard signs and more, to distribute to their neighbors.  Sign up to be a Recycling Block Leader today by contacting Recycling Program Aide Laura Horner at or 612-673-3318.

Learn more about Recycling Block Leader program here.


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Draft Agenda for the 2016 Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting and Potluck Picnic of the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association will be held Monday June 20, 2016 at 6:30 pm at Hi-View Park 3474 2nd ST NE under the tent, following the Grand Re-opening of the playground and the Turtle pool at 5:30pm. Bring a dish to share, the MPRB Pop Up Park will be on site for the evening for the kids.

Columbia Park Draft Meeting Agenda for Annual Meeting June 20, 2016

5:30 – Grand Re-Opening of the Turtle Pool and playground at Hi View, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB)

Potluck Picnic starts at 6:30

7:00- Call to Order for Board Actions


– Approval of the Agenda (crime and safety update to be inserted to accommodate the presenting officer)
– Approval of the Draft minutes for May 16, 2016 CPNA meeting
– Treasurer’s Report- Receive and File May 2016 (re stated) and June 2016

– General Meeting
– Old Business

Dot-mocracy boards, please put up your dots for your top 4 priorities, if you haven’t filled out the neighborhood survey please do and put it in the box and lastly, please make sure you have signed in for the evening and if you are interested in our usual volunteer opportunities for the year please sign up and you will be contacted as they come up.  These include Adopt a Highway with Marshall Terrace along University AV, one in spring, one in the fall; Earth Day, April 2017, National Night Out  first Tuesday in August. Block Clubs…if you are interested in serving as a block club leader we can connect you to the 2nd Precinct

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ANNUAL MEETING Monday June 20th

Please join us at the annual meeting!  This year we will be starting at 5:30 with the grand re-opening of the playground and new Turtle Pool at Hi- View Park with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.  They will have a ribbon cutting as well as face painting and ice cream snacks.  This will be followed by our Potluck Picnic and board elections meeting under the BIG TENT.  Please bring your completed survey on neighborhood priorities you received via mail  in the June Newsletter.

2016 Annual meeting sign

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Learn to Swim with the Park Board

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Jim Lupient Water Park, North Commons Water Park, Lake Nokomis, Wirth Beach & Webber Pool

Summer Swimming lessons for various ages and skill levels are available at Lupient Water Park, North Commons Water Park, Lake Nokomis Beach, Wirth Beach and Webber Natural Swimming Pool. Youth swim lessons are offered for various ages and skill levels.

  • Parent-Tot: For children ages 1–4 accompanied by a parent. Participants focus on water adjustment activities and supported movements
  • Pre-Level 1: Introductory class for ages 3–4. Water adjustment and further skills involving movement in the water will be taught along with combined skills for basic forms of swimming and appropriate water safety skills
  • Level 1: For the non-swimmer ages 4–5 years and older. Participants become familiar with the aquatic environment and create a strong foundation to aquatics and safety skills
  • Level 2: For beginner swimmers, 5 years of age and older. Students learn water safety and fundamentals of basic swimming
  • Level 3: Students increase swimming skills, learn basic stroke development, and practice deep water safety
  • Level 4: Students develop confidence in strokes and safety skills beyond earlier levels.
  • Jr. Lifeguard: Students learn basic content in the American Red Cross Lifeguarding/ CPR/ First AID for the Professional Rescuer

Two-week sessions are held starting June 20 through mid-August with eight lessons per session. The first session at Webber Natural Swimming Pool starts June 21. Lesson fees are $55 for Minneapolis residents and $65 for non-residents with scholarships available. Email for more information.


Register for swim lessons online at or visit Classes, Lessons & Clubs on the MPRB website to learn more.

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MWMO Water Workshops

The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization will be hosting a series of free “Water Wednesdays” workshops to demonstrate sustainable yard care, gardening and landscaping practices. Each Water Wednesday workshop will take place in the evening at the MWMO’s Stormwater Park and Learning Center in Northeast Minneapolis at 2522 Marshall ST NE

Creating a Pollinator-Friendly Garden Habitat – June 8

Raingardens for Clean Water – July 13

Your Fall Yard – Aug. 10


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