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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Agenda for the Board/General Meeting for Monday May 21, 2018

The regular Board/ General Meeting of the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association will be held Monday May 21, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Columbia Golf Manor 3300 Central AV NE.
For reasonable accommodations, alternative formats, translation services or the accessible entrance opened please contact CPNA staffer Liz at 612-390-3735. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call.

6:30 – Call to Order for Board Actions
6:31 – Approval of the Agenda
6:35 – Approval the Draft minutes for CPNA meeting Monday April 16, 2018
6:39 – Treasurer’s Report- Receive and File
6:45 – Open Time
6:59 – General Meeting
7:00 – Old Business

Gateway Art and Gardens  Talia Moorman
Plaques, water tower, trees, picnic shelter, other garden items

Annual Meeting
Postcard, entertainment, signs, set up, agenda items, supplies

Northeast Garage Sale Days ad for annual meeting

CEE and loan program

Earth Day recap

7:30 – New Business

Neighborhoods 2020 workgroups

Letter of support for City of Lakes Community Land Trust

7:40 – Crime and Safety Update

7:45- Items for next meeting agenda (see under Annual Meeting tasks)

7:50 – Announcements/ Communications

Iris Garden grand opening was a success on Sunday 5/20…stop by the golf course over the next 3 weeks as the different varieties bloom.  There will be a bulb sale as they divide them in August at the Manor weekend of the 25th and 26th.  Watch the website for more information  www.NEMMIG.org

University AV construction is ahead of schedule.  There will be changes this week to what will be open and what will be closed.

Minneapolis Small Business Team Update

Ø  Below are on-going community library hours the Small Business Team hosts to connect with entrepreneurs/businesses at the community level. Please share with your contact lists.

  • Central Library, second floor: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., every other Tuesday. Next meeting is May 22.
  • North Regional Library: 1 – 3 p.m., every fourth Thursday. Next meeting is May 24.
  • East Lake Street Library: 4 – 5 p.m., every 2nd Monday. Next meeting is June 14.

Ø  Online Business Portal: The Minneapolis Business Portal provides entrepreneurs and business owners with valuable information and resources to plan, launch, and grow a business. By June, we plan to add an online calendar to connect the business community with the various community hours and BTAP training workshops. Please let us know if you have questions about this.

Ø  An event on May 23rd about “Doing Business With the City.” The purpose of this event is to network, information sharing, and strengthening the City’s support for small/minority/women owned businesses.

Event: Doing Business With the City of Minneapolis

Date: May 23, 2018

Time: 4-7 p.m. (open-house style)

Location: 1011 W. Broadway Ave., Suite 105

Contact: shanae.phillips@minneapolismn.gov

Ø  Menthol Restriction Ordinance goes into effect August 1, 2018. In the lead-up to the implementation of new menthol tobacco restrictions, limiting sales to full tobacco shops and liquor stores only, convenience stores are assessing their options for adjusting their business model to accommodate these new regulations. Attached is a resource guide we created for convenience stores. Please let us know if you have questions or know of a convenience store that needs assistance so that we follow-up to connect with resources.

Ø  The Minimum Wage Ordinance goes into effect July 1, 2018. Please visit the City’s Minimum Wage website: http://minimumwage.minneapolismn.gov/ or contact Brian Walsh, Supervisor – Labor Standards Enforcement Division about Minimum Wage and Sick and Safe Time Ordinance. He can be reached at 612-673-3841 or brian.walsh@minneapolismn.gov.

8:00- Adjourn

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NE Iris Garden Grand Opening May 20th

Opening Celebration!

Come help us celebrate the Iris Gardens’ first bloom season!

WHAT: Juried Iris Show and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

WHEN: Sunday, May 20, 2018, 12-4pm

WHERE: 3300 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Right in front of Columbia Golf Manor here in Columbia Park!

  • 8-10am: Iris show set-up. Participation is free and fun! Just bring a named iris.
  • 10am-12pm: Closed for iris judging.
  • 12pm: Ribbon cutting, remarks from Mayor Frey and public officials.
  • 12-4pm: Iris Show open to public, iris coloring station, cake served.

More details at http://www.irismn.net/calendar.html

Find out more and get a sneak peek at what’s blooming before you go! https://www.Facebook.com/NEMMIG

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Comment on the 2040 Plan

May 12th: Minneapolis 2040 Community Meeting

Your chance to let the city know your feelings about the proposed zoning for the Gateway site that plans to allow for 10 story buildings with the possibility of more stories if desired…..


Minneapolis 2040 is a draft Comprehensive Plan that shapes how the city will grow and change. The draft covers topics such as housing, job access, the design of new buildings, and how we use our streets. This draft plan has been created over the past two years with the help of input of community members like you!

Now that the draft plan has been created, the city is holding a series of community events that aim to get feedback from community members about the plan. Each event will feature the same family-friendly activities created by local artists, as well as free food from local businesses. Throughout the event, you can view and comment on draft policies and maps that are intended to achieve the plan goals. You will also have the opportunity to sit down with city planners and fellow attendees for in-depth discussions on specific action steps listed in the draft plan.

Here’s the info about the Northeast neighborhood community event!

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Northeast Recreation Center, 1530 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Want to comment online?  You can do that here.

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Earth Day Clean Up at Columbia Park Saturday April 21, 2018

Cancelled by the Park Board due to the snow

Earth Day has been rescheduled to take place on Saturday May 12th also at Columbia Park from 9:30am-Noon!


Join us at the picnic tables near the Columbia Park parking lot for our annual Earth Day cleanup. The clean up is on Saturday April 21, 2018 from 9:30am to Noon. The CP railroad tracks tends to be a barrier that keeps trash in our neighborhood. Come help us remove the mess for a more beautiful Columbia Park neighborhood. Earth Day ClipartWe will provide gloves and bags (and some snacks). For more information about the city wide Earth Day clean up check out the Park Board Earth Day page.

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