12th Annual Eastside Barbeque: Thursday, August 23

   You are invited!Eastside BBQ Poster   

Join thousands of your friends, neighbors and fellow community members for the 12th Annual Eastside Barbeque on Thursday, August 23, 3:30- 7:30 p.m. in front of Edison High School, 700 – 22nd Avenue NE. This event grows each year as it brings together community, businesses and schools to show support for our local students and their families. It occurs the same evening as the open houses of all the Eastside public schools, including Edison High School, Northeast Middle School, Marcy Open School, Webster Elementary, Waite Park Elementary, Pillsbury Elementary and Sheridan Arts & Spanish Dual Immersion School. Visit the school websites for details on open house hours.

The Barbeque will be serving up brats, hamburgers, veggie burgers and hotdogs with all the fixings. There will also be a variety of activities for the whole family and live music provided by the bands Velahsa, Thicky White and Dred I Dread.

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Vote Tuesday August 14 in the 2018 Primary

Tuesday August 14th is Primary election day in Minnesota.           July 4th clipart
Most Columbia Park residents vote at the Columbia Golf Manor
3300 Central AV NE. The Polls are open from 7am to 8pm.
If you live south of the railyard you vote elsewhere.
You can find your polling place here.

Minnesota has same day voter registration at the polls.
If you have lived in the neighborhood for 30 days you can
register by using the process found here.


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National Night Out on Tuesday Aug. 7

National Night Out is Tuesday August 7th. This year there are 2 events listed on the Minneapolis official website for the Columbia Park Neighborhood.  One is at Hi View Park from 6-8pm.  A pot luck picnic and egg hunt for the kids.  The other is a pot luck picnic at the Architect Triangle from 5-9pm.  Hope to see you there.

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CenterPoint Gasline Construction

Where, when, and why is CenterPoint Energy performing construction?
Beginning in late July or early August 2018, and ending in late August 2018, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, will be replacing natural gas mains and connecting natural gas service lines to the installed mains in Columbia Heights and Minneapolis along the following streets:

Main Street NE between 37th Avenue NE and 40th Avenue NE
37th Avenue NE between Main Street NE and 5th Street NE
38th Avenue NE at Main Street NE
39th Avenue NE at Main Street NE

CenterPoint Energy’s work will be done prior to the City of Columbia Height’s “2018 Street Rehabilitation” project. For more information on the city’s project, please visit its website.

What are the estimated traffic impacts?
Local businesses will have access to their properties at all times.

Construction will occur in segments along the construction route, rather than all at once. Lane restrictions are anticipated in areas where active construction is occurring and are necessary to keep both the public and construction personnel safe.

How may the natural gas service line installations affect customers?
As part of this main project, the crews will be replacing several natural gas service lines that connect from the main to the customer’s property. Customers will experience a short disruption of gas service as the crews are installing the gas service line.

Crews may have to dig in the ground on your property in the utility easement to complete the task of service and main distribution line replacement. If a customer’s property is disturbed, CNP will restore the hard and soft surfaces affected by construction at no cost to you.

What is CenterPoint Energy’s mission, and how can I contact CenterPoint Energy?
At CenterPoint Energy, we are committed to providing timely and relevant information to our customers and the general public to minimize inconvenience or disruption due to our construction activities. CNP has provided safe, clean and efficient natural gas service to Minnesota communities for more than 145 years. We are proud of this record and strive to improve it by educating the public about the benefits of natural gas at CenterPointEnergy.com/BeSafe.

Frequent updates will be posted on our “Columbia Heights and Minneapolis – Main Street NE and 37th Avenue NE” web page. For any questions, you can call our Information Hotline at 612-321-5369, our Restoration Department at 612-321-5042, or our Communication Specialist, Hannah Gullickson, at 612-321-5546. Please reference the project name or number 86748098 when calling. We appreciate your business and look forward to continuing to serve you. Thank you very much.


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Draft Plans for the Eastside Parks

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has posted the draft East of the River Master Plan for all Eastside Neighborhood Parks.  There are plenty of chances to look at the plans and make comments. For more information look at the East of the River page on the MPRB website.

For the Columbia Park neighborhood parks check out the following PDF links.  The parks are in a groups and there are two options for each park.

Architect Triangle
Columbia Park
and Hi View Park
An  ONLINE SURVEY  is available through July 29th or send your comments to

Carrie Christensen at cchristensen@minneapolisparks.org

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RED, WHITE and BOOM July 4th Celebration

Watch the fireworks along St Anthony Parkway July 4th clipart
for the best views in Columbia Park!!!

For more information on activities in Minneapolis check out the official schedule on the Park Board website!

Have a SAFE and Happy Independence Day from CPNA.


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Canoe the Mississippi for free at the MWMO

Share the River Nordeast 2018

Wednesday, June 27, 5 – 8 pm

MWMO Stormwater Park and Learning Center, 2522 Marshall St. NE

The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization invites you to join them for an evening of community, canoeing and cookies. Stop by anytime between 5 and 8 pm for a free introductory canoe ride on the Mississippi River, then grab a free cookie from Cookie Cart and enjoy a variety of fun and educational activities at MWMO’s Stormwater Park and Learning Center. This family-friendly event is great for kids and adults of all ages. (Please note that you must weigh at least 30 lbs. in order to fit the provided life jackets.) In addition to learning to paddle on the river, participants also will have opportunities to learn about the Mississippi River’s history, water quality, plants, animals and more. Canoe rides will be led by guides from Wilderness Inquiry, with support from National Park Service rangers from the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and Mississippi Park Connection staff. Attendees are advised to use on-street parking, as the MWMO’s parking lot will be off-limits for the event. Bike parking, a Nice Ride station and bus transit options are also available in the area. For information: https://www.mwmo.org/events/share-the-river-nordeast-2018/.

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Annual Meeting Agenda

Annual Meeting Under the TENT!

Monday June 18, 2018

Hi View Park 3474 2nd ST NE

6:30 – Potluck Picnic

Bring a dish to share ( your best homemade coleslaw or chips from Aldi we aren’t picky) Plates, napkins, and utensils provided as well as water to drink.

Through out the evening there will be a magician performing and the pool and playground are right there….bring the family.  Well behaved pets are welcome too.

7:00 – Call to Order and Approval of the Agenda

– Introductions

– Guest Speakers

Rashid Ali- Crime Prevention Specialist 2nd Precinct (North of Broadway)

Kellie Kish-  Recycling Coordinator-City of Minneapolis

Brenda Yaritz CEE

Tammy Schmitz  MWMO

Kevin Reich Ward 1 Council Member

Linda Higgins County Commissioner

Kari Dziedzic State Senator

Diane Loeffler State Representative

Chris Meyer Park Commissioner

Old Business

Draft CPNA meeting minutes for Monday May 21, 2018 (approve)

Receive and file the June treasurer’s report

New Business

State of the Neighborhood- Co Chair Melody Devine

Approve the End of Year Financials for 2017 to file with the Attorney General’s Office

Election of CPNA board members (10) for 2018-19

Door Prizes!!

8:30- Adjourn

For reasonable accommodations, alternative formats, translation services, please contact CPNA staffer Liz at 612-390-3735. People who are deaf or hard of hearing please use a relay service to call.

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Ward 1 meeting on the 2040 Comprehensive Plan

Ward One Community Forum:

Minneapolis’ Comprehensive Plan


All municipalities in the Twin Cities area are required to provide the Metropolitan Council with an updated Comprehensive Plan every ten years. Toward that end, the City of Minneapolis has been working on an update to the Minneapolis Plan for the past two years. We now have a draft Comprehensive Plan – Minneapolis 2040 – that envisions how the city will grow and change. The draft covers such topics as the built environment, job access, housing and transportation connections.

Adding to the citizen engagement process, Kevin Reich will be hosting a Ward One forum to present highlights of the plan and offer another opportunity for community members to ask questions and offer input.

Thursday, June 14, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Northeast Library, 2200 Central Avenue NE

If you have any questions, please contact the Ward One Office at kevin.reich@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-2201. The draft plan, timelines, opportunities for input, and information about the citizen engagement process can be found at www.minneapolis2040.com.

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Under the tent the 2015 CPNA Annual Meeting

Under the tent the 2015 CPNA Annual Meeting

The 2018 Annual Meeting and Potluck Picnic is just around the corner on Monday June 18, 2018. We will once again be meeting at Hi View Park under the tent. Potluck picnic, guest speakers, entertainment for the kids as well as the turtle pool open for play.  Picnic 6:30pm program starts at 7:00pm.

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