Draft Meeting Agenda for Jan. 26, 2015 Board/General Meeting

Columbia Park Meeting Agenda for Monday January 26, 2015 6:30pm
Columbia Manor 3300 Central AV NE

Board Members: Jane McCarney , Jeff Schalles, Darielle Dannon, Mike Melman, Irro Mohamed, Elaine Nissen

Staff: Liz Wielinski

6:30 – Call to Order

6:31 – Approval of the Agenda

6:35 – Approval of the Draft minutes for CPNA meeting November 17, 2014

6:39 – 6:39 – Treasurer’s Report Dec of 2014, Jan of 2015 and 2014 year end balance sheet (receive and file)

7:00 – Old Business
Raingardens: plan for 2015
By Laws

7:15 – New Business
2015 Calendar
Notice of updated “NCR Rules for Festivals”
2014 year end report (need motion to approve)

7:30 – Announcements/ Communications

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Urban Scholars Summer Employment

Future leaders are currently being sought for employment in a leadership development summer internship program for college students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds called Urban Scholars.

The 12-week program is a partnership between the City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Public Schools, Metropolitan Council, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, State of Minnesota, PCL Construction, and Greater Twin Cities United Way. Urban Scholars provides:

· Full-time, competitively paid, professional resume-building work experience for graduates and undergraduate students.
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Save the Date for the 7th Annual President’s Day Walk!

Save the Date: Presidents’ Day Walk:   Feb. 14

What a perfect day for a walk in the neighborhood. Not only is it Valentine’s Day but it is also the annual Presidents’ Day Walk.

On Saturday, Feb. 14, the 7th Annual Presidents’ Day Walk and Celebration will be held in Northeast Minneapolis. Neighbors will walk together and learn about the presidents – this year’s theme “presidential hobbies” – while traversing the streets named for the presidents.  Meet at 10 a.m. at Edison High School, 700 22nd Ave. NE.

The route includes one or more warm-up/cocoa stops and ends with a chili lunch at Northeast Middle School, 2955 Hayes St. NE where there will be a trivia contest (pay attention during the walk for answer hints).  The “presidential seal” will be awarded to the group that brings the most people, and awards will be announced in the “Paint the White House” coloring contest conducted through local schools.

More details will be available closer to the event, in the February 11 Northeaster and www.MyNortheaster.com and www.nemplsonline.com. The event is free, with donations accepted to help cover lunch.

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Happy Holidays and 2014 Wrap Up

The Columbia Park Neighborhood wishes you and yours a Happy Holiday Season.  Our next meeting is Monday January 26th…this is the 4th Monday due to the MLK holiday on the third Monday.

These are the things your neighborhood group did in 2014…

Roadside Greening with MNDOT, grant received and project planted with assistance from Hennepin CO Sentence to Serve and neighborhood volunteers….need to keep it alive one more year for warranty, NRP fund transfer completed to pay for CPNA expenses for the project.

8 of 10 Raingardens installed with Metro Blooms

2014-16 CPP NPP plan completed and approved by NCR, first allocation of funds received

Website refreshed

Worked with Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board resulting in new plans for playground and pool at Hi View as well as upgrades to picnic shelter at Columbia Park, construction to begin in 2015

Held Earth Day event

Puppet Show

NNO at two sites (let’s aim for more in 2015)

Annual Meeting rained out in June, held in August….need a backup plan  2015

Commented to CPED on 81 St Anthony Parkway project in tandem with CCMT

Worked on St Anthony Bridge project…thank you to Mike, Lotte and Dan for their multiple years of service on this project, construction to start in 2015

Best of wishes and many thanks to Sue Bembenek for her many years of leadership as the Garden Coordinator at the Gateway site.

3 newsletters with a 4th on the way have been distributed to the neighborhood,  thanks Jeff for your diligence on this!!!

Congrats on a great year….


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Santa Brunch Sat. Dec. 20th at Audubon Park

Saturday is the Santa Brunch at Audubon Park. Have you signed up to not only have a nice breakfast but to also make a Gingerbread House!

Santa Brunch
Active Net # 47605

Dec 20, 2014
Sa 10:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Audubon Park Recreation Center
Price: Resident: $5.00
Non-resident: $7.50
Ages: Less than 100
Gender: Coed
Spaces: 35 openings remaining
Last day for standard registration: Dec 18, 2014 9pm
Last day for Internet registration: Dec 18, 2014 9pm

Santa brunch is making a comeback to the winter of 2014. We will have pancakes, scramble eggs, sausage (different options for everyone’s taste/choice), fruit and beverages. We will also be having a gingerbread house making craft and will have all the goodies you need to make a yummy gingerbread house. There will be pre-registration required and fees will apply for Santa brunch and gingerbread house craft. Make sure to register each participant that is eating and only the children will be able to make gingerbread houses. The parents will help their child or children in making their gingerbread house.

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Hi-View Park Playground Final Design

The new Hi View Park design was approved at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board planning committee on Dec. 3rd and is slated for final approval at the Dec. 17th regular meeting.  Construction is slated to begin after school starts in the fall of 2015.  Meanwhile the pool which is currently non functional will begin construction in the late spring with hopes of being open before the summer swimming season ends.

Final design for the new Hi View Park Playground

Final design for the new Hi View Park Playground

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Public Hearing on Hi View Park Playground December 3rd

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will be holding a public hearing on the proposed improvements to the Hi-View Park Playground.

Where: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Headquarters 2117 West River Rd

When: Wednesday December 3rd  6:30 pm

For more information check the agenda for the meeting.   Pictures of the proposed plan are under  Action Item  2014-363.


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2015 Northeast Parks Winter Spring Guide is now available!

The 2015 Winter Spring Activity Guide for Northeast Parks is now available NortheastWinterSpringBrochure2015  It includes information on great activities throughout the system on the Eastside including the Cinderella Ball at the Columbia Manor pictured on the cover, warming house hours for the rinks at Logan and Windom Parks, school release day fun and classes and activities for all park users from tiny tots to seniors.  No reason to hibernate with this many reasons to get out and enjoy Minneapolis in all seasons!

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November Board/General Meeting: Monday 11/17 at the Columbia Manor

The next Board/General meeting of CPNA will be on Monday November 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the Columbia Manor, 3300 Central AV NE in the Bride’s Room (through the front doors, up the steps, turn left and then down at the end of the hall turn right).  The building is wheelchair 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.

Pre-meeting 6:00 meeting on the Hi View Playground choices in the main hall

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

Draft Agenda for CPNA meeting November 17, 2014

CPNA Draft minutes for 102014

2014 Year in Review

CPNA By-Laws

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Playground meeting moved to Nov 17th due to inclement weather

The community meeting tonight (Monday, November 10) for the playground is canceled due to weather.  The meeting will be rescheduled for 6 pm, Monday, November 17 at the Columbia Manor.  The Columbia Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting will also be at 6:30pm on the same night in a nearby room.  If a playground concept is approved, the Park Board will plan a public hearing for December 3.   Meetings may need to be rescheduled; please check the website or call for verification.

 Please contact project manager Kate Lamers, klamers@minneapolisparks.org or 612-230-6486 with any questions or concerns.

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