10th Avenue Bridge Reopening

10th Ave Bridge and Watermain Project

This project rehabilitated the historic 10th Ave SE bridge over the Mississippi River and
W River Pkwy. A new water main was installed under the river as part of the project.


Bridge rehabilitation nearly complete!

Ribbon Cutting Celebration Planned for
November 16th at 11:30 a.m.

Please join us in celebrating the reopening of the 10th Avenue bridge on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. A ribbon cutting event is scheduled from 11:30 to 12:15 on the downtown side of the bridge and includes remarks from elected officials and project staff.


For more information on this project contact: 

Bridge Contact: Meseret Wolana, [email protected] or 612-673-3527

Water Main Contact: Shahin Rezania, [email protected]

10thavebridge.com

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Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board seeks applicants for Advisory Committees

Application accepted through December 3 for openings on five different committees, boards or councils

 

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is seeking applications for community appointments to five ongoing Advisory Boards and Committees:

• Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Board – One (1) Opening

• Minneapolis Tree Advisory Commission – Five (5) Openings

• Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee – Three (3) Openings

• Racial Equity Advisory Committee – One (1) Opening

• Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council – One (1) Opening

Use the application linked below to apply for any of the above openings:

Board Appointments Online Application

 

You may also download an application from the MPRB Committee Appointments page or call MPRB Customer Service at 612-230-6400 to request an application, fill it out and submit it via email or mail:

• Email to [email protected] 

• Mail to Board Secretary; Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board; 2117 West River Road North; Minneapolis MN 55417

Service commitment may vary based upon needs, expectations and policy goals. However, most committee members can expect to approximately 10-15 hours of work per month.

 

Terms for the appointments for the Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Board and Minneapolis Tree Advisory are one-year and there are no term limits. Terms for the Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee, Racial Equity Advisory Committee and Minneapolis Homegrown Food Council are two-years and some term limits may apply.

 

Some Boards/Commissions have a need for specialized skills, but most people will find a Board or Commission that is a great fit for their knowledge base. Public members of Board and Commissions are people who may not have regular, ongoing experience in a specific topic area, but have a general interest in a Board or Commission’s work area. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about an area of interest and contribute a fresh and unique perspective. 

 

Applications are due by 4:30 pm on Friday, December 3, 2021.  Following submission, applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of the application and describing the general process for appointment. Appointments for open positions will be made at the January 4, 2021 meeting of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. For a full description of each committee and to complete the application please visit: https://www.minneapolisparks.org/abca.

 

Applicants with questions about the appointments process should email their questions to [email protected].

 

Use the link below to sign up for email notifications for advisory committee opportunities:

 

Committee and Advisory Board Appointments Email Subscription

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Upcoming Organics Recycling Informational Sessions

Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling is happy to announce the opening of three new organics recycling drop-off sites this fall in partnership with Hennepin County and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. These drop-off bins are free for residential use, and can be accessed by signing up online at minneapolismn.gov/organics-dropoffs.

 

Sites opening this fall:

Holmes Park: open 10/27/21. Park located at 414 SE 3rd Ave. (click here to sign up for Holmes Park)

Elliot Park: open 11/1/21. Park located at 1000 E 14th St.

Towerside Park: open 11/9/21. Park located at 2909 4th St SE.

 

New to organics recycling? Learn how to collect organics in your home at an upcoming informational session:

• Monday November 1, 2021 (6 – 7 p.m.): Join session

• Tuesday November 9, 2021 (6 – 7 p.m.): Join session

• Future informational sessions will be posted at: minneapolismn.gov/organics-dropoffs

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Public hearing on Park Board's Comprehensive Plan, Parks for All, scheduled Sept. 29

After three years of research, engagement and public feedback, a public hearing on Parks for All, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board's Comprehensive Plan, will be held 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29 in the board room at Mary Merrill Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Headquarters, 2117 W. River Road.

Parks for All is a new Comprehensive Plan for the Park Board that will set long-term organization priorities and policy direction. 

How to participate

  • Call (recommended): You may sign up to provide comment for the public hearing by phone by completing the Virtual Speaker Signup Form before noon Sept. 29.
  • Write: Send your comment to [email protected] by noon Sept. 29.

Learn more about the Parks for All plan

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Review and comment on the draft METRO E Line Corridor Plan

The draft Corridor Plan for the METRO E Line project defines where stations will be located and how they’ll fit into the 13-mile bus rapid transit corridor. This plan reflects years of project planning and community engagement to shape this investment in the Route 6 bus corridor, and we’re seeking your feedback on the plan before it’s finalized next spring.

Before the pandemic, customers took more than 8,000 daily rides on Route 6, making it one of Metro Transit’s busiest bus routes. Route 6 has retained strong ridership through the pandemic, and investment in bus rapid transit is a key part of Metro Transit’s efforts to build back as a stronger and better transit system.

Metro Transit is seeking community feedback on planned station locations. Explore the plan and provide your comments by October 31.  Learn how you can participate in the process at metrotransit.org/e-line-project

If you have any questions, need further accommodations to access plan materials, or if your group is interested in a virtual project presentation, please contact project staff by email or by phone at 612-599-0459.

What's in the Corridor Plan? 

Station maps include specific locations for each planned station, including the proposed corners where stations would be built at each intersection

More information on the E Line corridor, including alignment, and proposed changes to Route 6 and other bus service.

How can I get involved?

Due to the continued pandemic, E Line project staff are not hosting in-person meetings. Here is how you can get more information or get involved:

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Resident Connection event on Oct. 9

Join us in-person for an afternoon of fun! The Third Ave. Bridge project team is hosting a resident connection event from 1-3 p.m. on Sat, Oct. 9 at 30 Main St. SE between Central Ave. and Hennepin Ave. This family-friendly event will include games, activities, live music and local treats. Project team members will be there to provide bridge construction updates and answer questions.

Behind the scenes video tour

A behind-the-scenes construction tour narrated by construction manager Tim Nelson is online! Check out the video on the project webpage under About this project.

More about this project

The historic Third Ave. Bridge over the Mississippi River near St. Anthony Falls opened in 1918 and needs significant repairs. The bridge carries Third and Central avenues, which are part of Hwy 65.

Construction began in May 2020 and is anticipated to be complete in August 2023. The bridge is fully closed to traffic through November 2022. Motorists, transit riders, and people walking and bicycling will need to use alternate routes across the river during this time.

For more information, visit the project webpage. To contact the project team email [email protected] or call the project hotline at 612-547-7968.

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City Seeks Feedback on Funding Priorities for American Rescue Plan Act Funding Round Two

American Rescue Plan

The City of Minneapolis, including the Mayor and City Council is seeking feedback from residents, businesses, and neighborhood and community organizations as it considers funding priorities for the second round of American Rescue Plan Act funding awarded to the City to address economic and public health impacts from the pandemic. 

The survey will be open until Midnight on September 24th, and these results will help City leaders as they determine funding priorities for the remaining federal funding awarded to the City. Earlier this year, the City Council amended and approved the first $102 million spending plan for ARP funds. 

The Mayor is expected to recommend a spending proposal for the second round of funding to the City Council in the late fall or early winter coinciding with public conversations around the 2022 City Budget.

The City may use the funds on the following:

• Support public health expenditures related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency.

• Serve low-income communities and individuals, families and businesses hardest hit by the pandemic.

• Replace public sector revenue lost due to the pandemic.

• Provide premium pay for essential workers.

• Invest in necessary improvements to water, sewer and broadband infrastructure.

Take the survey and make your voice heard!

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New Rain Gardens Installed at University Baptist Church

Dedication: Sunday, September 19, 11:30 am

Tour: Sunday, October 11, Noon

1219 University Avenue SE

The University Baptist Church (UBC), at the corner of University Avenue SE and 13th Avenue SE, announces the installation of four raingardens to help improve water quality.

Residents of the Marcy Holmes Neighborhood are invited to celebrate with Partners and members of UBC at the Garden Dedication on Sunday Sept. 19, 2021 at 11:30, as well as to participate in a Garden Tour on Sunday, October 17 at noon.

Raingardens have a variety of benefits including slowing stormwater runoff and increasing infiltration, improving habitat for pollinators, and decreasing sediment and phosphorus, which are pollutants to streams, lakes, and rivers. An estimated 133,000 gallons will be filtered annually.

Funded by an Action Grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization and a Good Steward Grant from Hennepin County, the raingarden installation brings together six local partner organizations, which have agreed to receive stormwater education. Partners include the following: University Lutheran Church of Hope, First Congregational UCC, St. Lawrence Catholic Church and Newman Center, the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association, the Twin Cities Shape Note Singers, and Gaia Democratic School. This project was designed and installed by Metro Blooms, with planting by Helping Hand Companies.

 

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Find assistance with rent and housing as the eviction moratorium ends

housingQ

A new state law includes a policy guiding property owners and renters in an orderly transition from the eviction moratorium, now that the State peacetime emergency preventing property owners from evicting residents for not paying rent has ended.

The policy requires a property owner or manager who intends on filing an eviction for non-payment of rent to provide a written notice to their renter, along with information about rental assistance, 15 days before filing an eviction proceeding with the courts between now and Oct. 12. 

This law also prohibits a property owner or manager from evicting a renter if the renter has a pending application for COVID-19 emergency rental assistance at the state or local level until June 1, 2022. The renter must be able to prove that they’ve applied for rental assistance. Renters may apply for COVID-19 emergency rental assistance at renthelpmn.org.

I have questions about my specific housing situation and how it relates to the end of the eviction moratorium. Who should I contact?

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Early voting opens Sept. 17 for 2021 municipal election

The Early Vote Center at 980 E. Hennepin Ave opens at 8 a.m. Sept. 17 for voters who wish to cast their ballot early and in person. Also Sept. 17, Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services begins mailing ballots to voters who have requested to vote early by mail. Learn more on the City website about how to vote early this year.

What’s on the ballot?

The mayor, City Council, Board of Estimate and Taxation, Minneapolis Park Board district and at-large seats, and amendments to the City Charter will be on the ballot this year. A sample ballot is available 45 days before the election and is an excellent resource for preparing to vote. See your sample ballot on the City website.

Find the list of all candidates who filed for municipal offices on the City website.

Due to the timing of State and City redistricting, City Council members elected in 2021 will serve a two-year term. In 2023 an election will be held for another two-year term for council members. No other City offices will be on the 2023 ballot. City Council terms will return to a normal four-year cycle with the 2025 municipal election.

This election uses ranked choice voting

Minneapolis voters will use ranked choice voting this fall to elect a mayor and members of the City Council, Board of Estimate and Taxation, and Park and Recreation Board. Ranked choice voting is a way of voting that eliminates the need for separate primary elections. Voters rank up to three candidates for each office. The ballot has three columns, and choices are made from left to right in those columns. Ranked choice voting in Minneapolis is used only for municipal elections.

Find more information on ranked-choice voting on the City website.

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