CPNA End of Year Greetings

snowflakes-275x300The Columbia Park Neighborhood Association wishes you a safe holiday season and a Happy New Year.  Our next virtual meeting is Monday January 25, 2021 (delayed a week due to the MLK holiday).

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Public Notice of Funding Reallocation

At the January 25th 2021 Zoom meeting of the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association we will be voting to transfer more funding into our CEE managed loan programs for the neighborhood by voting on the following motion to…

Reallocate $25,000 from the Neighborhood Priority Reserve Fund to the Home Improvement and Home Buyers Programs priority.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the neighborhood staff person Liz Wielinski at contact@columbiapark.org or at 612-390-3735 by phone or text.

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CP Holiday Train Concert 2020 live at HOME

CP holiday trainSATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2020 AT 7 PM CST

CP Holiday Train at Home Virtual Concert

Online with Facebook Live

 The 22nd annual #CPHolidayTrain is back. And this year, its first—and only—stop is your home! Although the train might look a bit different this year, we’re keeping the spirit of Christmas alive with a virtual concert via Facebook Live on December 12 at 6 MT to raise money for food banks across North America. Celebrate the holidays with us and listen to great music, including performances by Serena Ryder, The Trews, JoJo Mason, Logan Staats and Kelly Prescott.

In this year of extraordinary need, we hope you’ll join us in helping put food on the table for families, friends and neighbors in need by making a donation to our national food banks:

Make a donation to Food Banks Canada at https://foodbankscanada.akaraisin.com/…/donations/start

Make a donation to Feeding America at www.feedingamerica.org/HolidayTrain

We’ll see you soon! 🎄

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Check out the Draft Parks Comprehensive Plan

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) published a draft of Parks for All, the MPRB 2021 Comprehensive Plan. Parks for All is a new comprehensive plan will set MPRB priorities and policy direction for the next decade. Minneapolis community members, park users, MPRB staff and partners are encouraged to review the plan and send feedback during a 70-day public comment period that ends Monday, Jan. 18, 2021.

Following the public comment period, the draft plan will be revised based on public input and presented to MPRB Commissioners for review and approval. Use the link below to view the draft Parks for All plan, give feedback on it and learn more about the processes and input used to create it.

Draft Parks for All Plan

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Worried about your winter heating bills?

Low Income Energy Assistance Program

The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps pay for home heating costs and furnace repairs for income-qualified households.

EAP is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Grants are:

  • For renters or homeowners
  • For households with income at or below 50 percent of the state median income
  • Based on energy cost, household size, and income
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The NEWEST Covid-19 restrictions from the State

New COVID-19 Restrictions Effective Midnight, November 20

New COVID Restrictions

Governor Walz announced new state restrictions to control the explosive spread of COVID 19. The following restrictions take effect on Friday, November 20 at 11:59 p.m.

  • Bars and restaurants must close in-person food and drink service, both indoor and outdoor. Take-out, curbside, and delivery may continue.
    • Minneapolis businesses with curbside pickup zone can continue using those spaces. Businesses who do not have a curbside pickup zone can request one.
  • The following facility types must be closed.
    • Gyms and other fitness facilities, public pools, including facilities within housing complexes.
    • Recreation and entertainment facilities, such as bowling alleys, theaters, movie theaters, museums, arcades, etc.
    • Other venues providing indoor or outdoor events, such as festivals or fairs. Drive-in events may continue.
  • No wedding receptions or gatherings after funerals will be allowed. Weddings, funerals and church services will be able to continue.
  • No changes are being made to retail, personal services (e.g. salons and barbershops), schools, or places of worship.

These closures will be in effect from Friday, November 20 through Friday, December 18.

See staysafemn.gov for more details

Minneapolis businesses can contact the Small Business Team at SmallBusiness@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-2499 with questions.

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Stormwater Pond Project Update

minneapolis park and recreation

Northern Columbia Golf Course
and Park Stormwater Management

Project Update:
Construction of stormwater management 
at Columbia Golf Course

Northern Columbia golf course and park

Construction work at the golf course and park

Construction phases and scope

On October 26, our partners, the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO), began construction on a project to improve stormwater management on the northern portion of Columbia Golf Course and Columbia Park.

Phase 1 of the “Northern Columbia Golf Course and Park Stormwater BMPs” project runs through February 2021. It includes: removal/abandonment of the old stormsewer in the northern half of the golf course and through Columbia Park; construction of the new stormsewer; tunneling under the Canadian Pacific Railway; earthwork; and mass grading.

Phase 2 will run from May through August 2021. It includes final grading; park and golf course restoration; and native seeding for permanent restoration.

Temporary Public Impacts

Project construction includes a range impacts that may affect the public:

  • Construction vehicles on Columbia Parkway and Central Avenue
  • Fifth street closure – reopening soon
  • Columbia Park parking lot closure for duration of project (construction staging area)
  • Trail on west side of golf course closed for the duration of the project
  • Fifth Street detour for pedestrians and bicyclists detoured to west side of the street up to 35th Ave NE
  • Once Fifth Street reopens, bicyclists can use Fifth Street and Columbia Parkway, full lane
  • Columbia picnic shelter rental closed through July 2021
  • Columbia Park multi-purpose athletic field closed through July 2021
  • Columbia Golf Course – temporary reduction from 18 holes to 11 holes through August 2021
  • Tot playground equipment replacement after project – community engagement in fall 2021, construction in spring 2022
  • Impacts to trees – tree replacement included in restoration plan

About the Project

New storm sewer, stormwater best management practices (BMPs) and habitat restoration at Columbia Golf Course and Columbia Park will improve stormwater quality, mitigate flooding, improve ecological systems, and enhance golf play and other recreational opportunities in Northeast Minneapolis. The project is part of the Northeast Stormwater Management Initiative.

Project Partners

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB)

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO)

City of Minneapolis

Learn More

MPRB Project Contact

Andy Schilling

Design Project Manager, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

612.230.6466 / aschilling@minneapolisparks.org

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CPNA Board/General Meeting Monday November 16, 2020 6:30pm

The  Board /General Meeting for the Columbia Park Neighborhood will be held Monday November 16, 2020 at 6:30 pm via ZOOM.  Please follow the link below or call in at the number that is part of the ZOOM invitation below.  We have provided links to the documents which are part of the meeting in the agenda.  If you will need paper copies please let Liz know and they will be printed for you to pick up.

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

Elizabeth Wielinski is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: CPNA Board and General Meeting Monday November 16, 2020
Time: Nov 16, 2020 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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6:30 – Call to Order for Board Actions
6:31 – Approval of the Agenda
6:35 – Approval the CPNA Draft Minutes for October 19, 2020 Meeting
6:39 – Treasurer’s Report– Receive and File
6:45- Open Time
Vickie and Niels Jensen re: 2PAC and Columbia Park playground

6:59 – General Meeting

7:00 – Old Business

Changes to NRP Phase II language regarding home improvement revolving loan program

Motion to approve the following

“Funds may also be used to support other Columbia Park home improvement and home buyer programs”.

Motion to move funds from NPP reserve to the revolving loan program

“Transfer $25,000 of non-contracted Neighborhood Priority Program funds to the revolving loan program from the Neighborhood Priority Reserve.”


Staff will present the responses she received from Metro Blooms regarding their program for raingardens in 2021 and what CPNA would be responsible for and for how much.

7:20 – New Business

Proposed language changes to CEE contract

Letter requesting changes of NCR attachment will be included when form is received.

Staff Contract…. Staff would like to go to a month to month contract with 60 days notice.

7:40 – Crime and Safety Update

Rashid Ali ( and Inspector Loining tentative)

Possible letter to city of Minneapolis  Draft letter re budget for 2021

7:55 – Announcements/ Communications.
Most current links for Crime Updates from the MPD



You can help shape the future of University and Central avenues!

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is studying how to improve Highway 47 (University Ave.) and Highway 65 (Central Ave.) for everyone who uses these roads. And your input is needed.

MnDOT is asking communities from Northeast Minneapolis to Blaine what these streets should look like in the future.

Share your ideas!  Take this survey.

Upcoming trainings hosted by the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute 

Introduction to Restorative Justice for Community Healing and Transformation
Pay-What-You-Can-Up to $50; CEs available for MN social workers, teachers, and nurses
Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 9am-11am CST
Monday, November 23, 2020, 9am-11am CST

Introduction to Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience for Cultural Competence, Racial Healing and Equity
Pay-What-You-Can-Up to $30;  CEs available for MN social workers, teachers, and nurses
Friday, November 20, 2020, 3pm-5pm CST
Monday, November 23, 1pm-3pm CST
Friday, December 4, 10am-12pm CST

Coming to the Table (CTTT) Racial Healing Talking Circles
These free monthly events are free, and donations are gratefully accepted
Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 7pm-8:30pm CST
Saturday, November 21, 2020, 10:30am-12pm CST
Monday, November 23, 2020, 7pm-8:30pm CST

Introduction to Self-Care for Resilience: Training for Practice in Everyday Life
Pay-What-You-Can-Up to $50; CEs available for MN social workers, teachers, and nurses
Friday, November 13, 2020, 3pm-5pm CST
Friday, December 4, 2020, 2pm-4pm CST

STAR-Lite Training: Learning Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience in a Single Day for Cultural Competence, Racial Justice Healing and Equity 
Early Tuition: $99 Standard Tuition: $155  CEs/CLEs available for MN mental health professionals, attorneys, teachers, and nurses.
Thursday, December 10, 2020, 9am-5pm CST

8:00- Adjourn

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MWMO asks for Comment on their 2021-31 Plan

Draft 2021-2031 Watershed Management Plan Now Available for Review
The MWMO has completed the initial draft of its 2021-2031 Watershed Management Plan, which is now available for public review and comment through December 17, 2020. This plan, which is updated every 10 years in accordance with state law, guides all of our work at the MWMO. Links to the draft plan and appendices can be found on our website, along with instructions on how to submit comments. You can also learn more about the plan, its history, and the plan update process and timeline.

Check here for the plan and the links to comment.    https://www.mwmo.org/planning/watershed-management-plan-update/

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Share Your Thoughts on our local State Highways

Central & University Graphic

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is developing a future vision for Hwy 47 (University Ave.) and Hwy 65 (Central Ave.).

Thousands of Minnesotans travel along University and Central avenues every day—driving cars, walking or rolling, biking, and riding public transit. MnDOT wants to learn from your experience using these streets to understand what is needed to improve them for everyone.

This website will be active through November 25, 2020 as part of MnDOT’s first phase of public outreach for this study. Please explore this site, join us for a virtual open house, provide your feedback, and share this webpage with anyone else who might be interested.

See the graphic to the left for the study area (shown in orange) for University and Central Avenues, including Blaine, Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Hilltop, Spring Lake Park and Northeast Minneapolis.

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