Public Hearing on Hi-View Park Pool Plan and Columbia Park Picnic Shelter on November 5th

A public hearing is planned for 6:30 on Wednesday, November 5 at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, 2117 West River Road North.  If approved, the recommended concept for the wading pool will be constructed in the spring and summer of 2015.  The new wading pool will generally be the same size and in the same location as the previous wading pool, and will meet current accessibility and safety standards.  The concept for the new pool has been developed through community meetings, an online survey, and surveys taken at the park and at neighborhood events.   Click HERE to view the proposed pool concept.  Part of the plan is to save the current turtle and place it elsewhere in the park, and add a new turtle slide to the pool.

At the same meeting the meeting the public hearing on the plans for the Columbia Park Shelter will be held.  Click HERE to see the proposed plan for the project.

All those attending the public hearing will have an opportunity to review the plans and share their comments with the Planning Committee of the MPRB Board of Commissioners.  If you are interested in speaking, you may sign up until 6:25 pm.  If you require language translation or other accommodations, please call 612-230-6472 at least two business days prior to the hearing.  

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Take the Survey on Hi- View Playground Options

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will be updating the Hi-View Park playground equipment next year.  After surveying the community at the June puppet show, National Night Out at Hi-View and in Spanish with the Sunday Revolution soccer families as well as two public meetings at Columbia Manor the choices have been narrowed to a couple of options.  Please let the Park Board know your preferences by taking the survey by November 2nd.


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Fall Street Sweeping has begun…

The City of Minneapolis has started sweeping up the leaves and other debris from our streets.  Maps giving the approximate dates the crews will be in Columbia Park are available  HERE.

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Invitation to a Stormwater/RainGarden Project

Rebecca Mellentin of the Waite Park neighborhood invites you to come see the intense stormwater reduction project she is installing in her yard.  After years of dealing with water in her basement and hillside erosion in her yard she is taking on this project with the help of a plan from Metro Blooms.

The project is currently under construction and you are welcome to come by and see it.  The plan includes roof drains, a creek bed, and raingardens of native plants that will be certified wildlife habitat.  Drop by at 3232 Pierce ST NE for a look.

Interested in more stormwater management ideas?  The Waite Park neighborhood will have a panel discussion at their first meeting of the new year on Wednesday January 7th 2015.



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Neighborhood/ Board Meeting Monday October 20, 2014

The next meeting of the CPNA Board will be on Monday October 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the Columbia Manor, 3300 Central AV NE in the Bride’s Room (through the front doors, up the step, turn left and then down at the end of the hall turn right).  The building is accessible by the side entrance, but isn’t always open.  If it is locked call 612.390.3735 or contact us at least 24 hours prior to the meeting at contact [at] columbiapark [dot] org.

This meeting is open to the public.  If you are interested in joining the board there is more information HERE.

The agenda and back up materials are HERE.

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Columbia Picnic Shelter Renovations Survey

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will be making some renovations to the Columbia Park Picnic Shelter.  A public meeting was held on September 16th on site, but there is still an opportunity to comment on the project.  Please take the short survey that is available on line.  Just go HERE and click on the survey.

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New CPNA Board Officers Elected

At the September 15th Meeting of the CPNA Board the following officers were elected….

Co Chair  Jane McCarney

Co Chair Darielle Dannen

Treasurer  Mike Melman

Secretary  Elaine Nissen

Congratulations and thank you for serving!

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Draft Meeting Agenda for the September 15, 2014

6:30 – Call to Order

6:31 – Approval of the Agenda

6:32 – Election of new Officers

6:35 – Approval the Minutes of August 18, 2014

6:39 – Treasurer’s Report

7:00 – New Business
NE Tool Library Presentation
Possible NPP idea for public plaza care at the new bridge with CCMT and HNIA

7:20 – Old Business
2014-16 CPP/NPP Application
NRP reallocation of funds
Rain gardens
Non-Profit Application

7:30 – Announcements/ Communications
Meeting Tuesday 9/16 for Columbia Picnic Shelter at picnic shelter 6:30pm about
improvements to shelter and parking area, meeting will be at the Manor if it rains

NCR focus group on the Blueprint for Equitable Engagement

9:30am – 11:30am
East Side Neighborhood Service, Room B19
1700 Second Street Northeast, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413

Your input will be used for development of the Blueprint for Equitable
Engagement recommendations that we will provide to the City Council in
December 2014.

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Upcoming Meetings for the neighborhood

Over the next week there will be three important meetings in the Columbia Park neighborhood.

Hi View Pool Reconstruction meeting #1**
Wednesday, Sept 10th 6:00-7:45 pm at the Columbia Manor 3300 Central AV NE

CPNA Board Meeting
Monday, Sept 15th 6:30-8:00pm at the Columbia Manor 3300 Central AV NE

Columbia Picnic Shelter Improvements Open House**
Tuesday, Sept 16th 6:30-7:30pm at the Columbia Picnic Shelter 800 Columbia BLVD*

*in case of rain meeting will be at the Columbia Manor 3300 Central AV NE
** for more information or to sign up for email notices on the project go to
Current Projects at the Park Board

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Congratulations to the Newly Elected Board

The board elections held at the August meeting have resulted in some familiar and returning faces.

Jane McCarney, Darielle Dannen, Mike Melman, Irro Mohamed, Jeff Schalles and Elaine Nissen have been elected.  Officers will be elected among their ranks at the September 16th board meeting.

Our thanks to outgoing board members Matt Stellphlug and Peter Doughty for serving.

There are slots remaining.  If you are interested in becoming a board member come to two meetings and ask the current board to vote you a member…couldn’t be easier.


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