Tuesday August 4th is National Night Out

NNOTuesday evening August 4th is National Night Out (NNO).  There are 2 events registered for the Columbia Park Neighborhood.  One at Hi View Park and one at the Architect Triangle.  Both events start at 6:00pm, are pot luck picnics and have fun for the kids (games at the Triangle and an egg hunt at Hi View).  Come join your neighbors for some fun, getting to know one another and share a meal.  For a list of registered NNO events in Minneapolis look here.  For more information on NNO citywide check out the website.  Don’t forget your lawn chairs and insect repellent!

Hi View Park

Architect Triangle



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No July Meeting, check out 2015 Annual Meeting photos on Facebook page

The Columbia Park Neighborhood Association takes the month of July off.  Instead we suggest you check out the recap of our annual meeting in photos on our Facebook page.

Next event in the neighborhood is National Night Out.  More information as it becomes available.  Interested in hosting a block party find more information at the NNO website.


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What’s Up 612

The Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board has created a website that lists all sorts of fun and interesting activities going on this summer in the City.  It includes parks, libraries, schools and more…  Looking to keep your young people busy, check it out!

What’s up 612

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The New CPNA Board of Directors

The following full slate was elected at the 2015 Annual Meeting on June 15, 2015

Jane McCarney               Justin Martin

Darielle Dannen             Brian Wollum

Elaine Nissen                  Yusuf Mohamed

Mike Melman                 Vicki Jensen

Jeff Schalles                    Irro Mohamed

Congratulations on your election….Officers will be decided at the next meeting of the board on Monday August 17, 2015

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Annual Meeting, Election of Board and Potluck Picnic

The CPNA Annual Meeting, Board Elections and Potluck Picnic will take place at 6:00pm on Monday June 15, 2015 at Hi View Park

The meeting will occur rain or shine, seating under the tent with the Castle Bouncy House and Hi-View playground available for the kids (sorry but the pool is out of order).  Picnic starts at 6:00 (plates, utensils, cups and napkins provided) bring a dish to share.

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Eastside Rail Safety Meeting

City of Minneapolis Council Members Jacob Frey, Kevin Reich and Cam Gordon will host an Eastside Minneapolis Rail Safety Forum 6:30 – 8 p.m., Thursday, June 18, at East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 2nd Street NE. Panelists will include Congressman Keith Ellison, Rep. Frank Hornstein, Sen. Kari Dziedzic, Fire Chief John Fruetel, Grant Hosmer from City of Minneapolis Emergency Management and representatives from BNSF, CP Rail and MN DOT.

Rail safety and operations are of keen interest to residents, given the increasing frequency of rail traffic through Minneapolis neighborhoods. This forum and public discussion will allow the community to learn more about strategies in place to ensure public safety, as well as an opportunity to share questions and concerns with local, state and federal jurisdictions and railroad representatives.

This forum is co-hosted by the Shoreham Area Advisory Committee (SAAC), which is composed of representatives from CP Rail and the City of Minneapolis as well as community members and representatives from neighborhood organizations to maintain a forum for communication and community outreach regarding the Shoreham Yards area.

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Overnight Shelter Zoning: Should Changes be Made?

Staff from the Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) are currently evaluating changes to the City’s zoning ordinance for overnight shelters. The current regulations require that all new overnight shelters only be allowed accessory and incidental to an existing religious place of assembly. We are conducting a zoning study and are seeking participation from Minneapolis’ residents and business owners to discuss ideas, concerns, and opportunities to improve our existing regulations.

We have two upcoming community meetings that we would like to invite you to:

Monday, June 22, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Minneapolis American Indian Center

1530 East Franklin Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55404

Monday, July 27, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Hennepin County North Regional Library

1315 Lowry Avenue North

Minneapolis, MN 55411

There will be a presentation about people experiencing homelessness in Minneapolis and an overview of peer city research. Afterward, we will be hosting small group discussions.

Questions may be directed to:

Shanna Sether, Senior City Planner




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Community Meetings of Interest

Upcoming meetings that may be of interest to Columbia Park Neighbors

Chat with Chief Harteau Wednesday 5/20 at the 2nd Precinct- 4pm-5:00pm

Wednesday, 5/20 Chief Harteau will be at the Second Precinct (1911
Central Ave NE) for Chat with the Chief. All residents,business
people and community stakeholders welcome. Please feel free to stop
in and visit. Bring your questions or concerns.

Emergency Response to Rail Accidents Involving Hazardous Material 

May 27, 2015  7:00-8:00pm
Ukrainian Event Center
301 Main St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
NIEBNA has invited Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel and others from the MFD to discuss the response to accidents involving oil and hazardous materials on the rail line through the area.
All are invited and encouraged to participate.

Process to Discuss Park Funding issues

You are invited to join other community leaders at a special meeting about several Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) projects that focus on long-term park planning. These city-wide initiatives include Closing the Gap: Investing in Our Neighborhood Parks, RecQuest and Service Area Master Plans.

Thu., May 28      11 am – noon     MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis


Mon., June 1      6-7:30 pm                  MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis

Each meeting will give a brief overview of each initiative and provide you with information about how  community engagement for each project will be combined as often as possible.

Closing the Gap: Investing in our Neighborhood Parks shares information about the current condition of our neighborhood parks. After more than a decade of deferring maintenance to meet budget shortfalls, many of Minneapolis’ 157 neighborhoods parks are in trouble. Neighborhood parks have the greatest number of physical assets (such as wading pools, playgrounds, roofs and parking lots) that require greater resources to operate, maintain and replace. Yet, since 2000, the funds available to care for these community hubs have been significantly less than the amount needed. As a result, the funding gap for neighborhood parks has grown to more than $110 million and if not addressed, will grow an additional $46 million by 2020. Note: Meetings for Closing the Gap will begin in North Minneapolis in June.

RecQuest is the MPRB’s in-depth assessment of its 49 community recreation centers designed to help guide recreation center investments for the next 25-30 years. RecQuest will not only review the physical spaces within the recreation centers themselves, but also the programs, services and activities the centers currently provide to assess if they are meeting the community’s needs. RecQuest will also help identify any areas of Minneapolis where programming is not currently offered but needed.

Service Area Master Plans take a complete look at all outdoor park assets within the service areas of Minneapolis (Downtown, North, Northeast/Southeast, South, Southwest). Using community input, master plans set a vision for operations, management, and improvements; create improvement plans for each neighborhood park, set priorities and estimate budgets. Currently, Service Area Master Plans are underway for the Downtown and South Service Areas. Over the next five years, Service Area Master Plans will be prepared for the Southwest, North, and Northeast/Southeast Service Areas.

We hope you can join us to learn more about these exciting projects and begin sharing the details with your own community! Please RSVP to ewolfe@minneapolisparks.org by Tuesday, May 26.  Should you require a meeting modification in order to fully participate, please let me know in advance of the event.

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Board/General Meeting Monday May 18, 2015

The regular Board/ General Meeting of the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association will be held Monday May 18, 2015 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 Meeting Draft Agenda for Monday May 18, 2015

6:30 – Call to Order

6:31 – Approval of the Agenda

6:35 – Approval the Minutes for CPNA meeting April 20,2015
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Met Council 101 with Cara Letofsky

Learn a bit more about how the Metropolitan Council partners with local communities to build our region.
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