Community Updates

  • Pedestrian-scaled residential lighting demo project

    Click here, or image below to learn more about our board approved MHNA proposal to improve lighting in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood:

     

  • Father Hennepin Bluff Park Update: Restroom building open, park expected to reopen in June

    New restrooms are open, fencing scheduled to come down in June, concerts return July 11

    Father Hennepin Bluff Park is on track to fully reopen in June after a major renovation project. 

    The new restroom building next to the Stone Arch Bridge is open, along with a new drinking fountain and water dish for dogs. Park Forestry staff will remove storm-damaged tree branches in the park as soon as spring tree planting is finished.

    New grass that was seeded throughout the park this spring still needs more time to establish before fencing can come down and the park can fully reopen, likely sometime in June. Please stay off these areas and respect signage and fencing. An update will be sent as soon as an opening date is decided.

    Minneapolis Music and Movies in the Parks returns to Father Hennepin on July 11 with a 7 pm concert from local R&B artist Barlow followed by a special movie screening from the Twin Cities Black Film Festival. Free weekly concerts will take place on the new stage next to Stone Arch Bridge throughout July and August. Use the link below to view the lineup.

    Father Hennepin Bluff Music in the Parks Schedule

    Project Details

    This Father Hennepin Bluff Park Improvements project includes:

    • A new performance stage with seasonal restrooms
    • New park entry plaza spaces
    • Upgraded lights, path connections, wayfinding signage and trail markings
    • Landscape and stormwater management improvements

    The improvements are focused on the upper part of the park, not the lower paths closer to the Mississippi River.

  • Free COVID-19 booster shots and vaccines at the Community Connections Conference

    2022 Community Connections Conference Vaccine Clinic

    For the second year in a row, we're excited to bring the Minneapolis Health Department's free vaccine clinic to the Community Connections Conference. Stop by the clinic on June 10 while you explore the more than 100 interactive, informative exhibits in this year's exhibit hall.

    Get your booster shot against COVID-19, or if you haven't gotten vaccinated yet, get your one-dose, bivalent Pfizer shot. To take advantage of this opportunity:

    • Bring your vaccination card if you have one.
    • No insurance needed.
    • Anyone over age 5 is eligible.
    • If you're over 65, you can get a second booster.

    After you're done, feel free to take home a toy for kids and portable first aid kit.

    Email [email protected] with any questions.


    Three weeks to go! Register now!

    You can sign up now for the 2023 Community Connections Conference on June 10. The conference is open to everyone and will run together with the 2023 Green Zone Summit for environmental justice.

    If you have never attended the Community Connections Conference before, check out the highlight video from our February 2020 event.

    Watch A look back: 2020 Community Connections Conference. 

    Community Connections Conference and Green Zone Summit
    9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 10
    (Check-in starts and exhibit hall opens at 8 a.m.)
    Minneapolis Convention Center, Lower Level, Hall A
    Pre-register online or register in person on conference day.

    Pre-register online
  • Bridge reopening rescheduled to fall 2023

    A note from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT):

    MnDOT is working closely with our contractor to determine how quickly they can reopen the bridge. Currently, the bridge is scheduled to reopen to traffic in October 2023. MnDOT doesnot have an exact date that we can share today, but we will provide an update as soon as we can.

    Construction update

    Signs of spring are everywhere, including on the Third Ave. Bridge construction site.

    It was quieter during the winters months as construction crews worked through the meticulous process of concrete surface repairs. These repairs are ongoing, and we are adding more crews and work into our schedule now that it’s warming up.

    Here is what you may see from a distance:

    • Crews will start pouring the concrete overlays for the driving surface and sidewalks on the north and south ends of the bridge deck. They will alternate between work areas so they can still access the bridge while the concrete is drying.
    • The refurbished ornamental railings are also being brought to the site for installation. Some pieces have already been unwrapped to take measurements before installation.

    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 summer 2023.

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

    For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit 511mn.org

    MnDOT invites and encourages participation by all. If you need an ASL, a foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, or need documents in an alternative format (such as braille or large print), please email your request to Janet Miller at [email protected] or call 651-366-4720.

  • F Line Slideshow Presentation

    The METRO F Line is a planned bus rapid transit line that will provide faster and more reliable transit service in the Route 10 corridor between downtown Minneapolis and Northtown Transit Center along Nicollet Mall, Central Avenue, 53rd Avenue, and University Avenue. The F Line will be the region’s sixth arterial BRT line.  

    ​Bus rapid transit is a package of transit enhancements that adds up to a faster trip and an improved experience on Metro Transit’s busiest bus routes. Learn more at metrotransit.org/brt or watch a short video

    Please click here to see the presentation given at a recent meeting organized by Marcy-Holmes. 

    ​To learn more about the F Line project: 

  • Know Your Rights

    The City of Minneapolis is launching a renting rights campaign to inform renters and property owners about renter rights by improving access to information from the City. The campaign aims to raise awareness about renting rights and the City’s renter resources with updates to the City website and community engagement with residents throughout Minneapolis. More than half of Minneapolis residents are renters.

    Residents can learn more about renting rights, help with issues and resources on the City website.

    Renting rights

    Find out what you need to know about your rights as a renter in Minneapolis. We explain renter rights for the following issues:

    • Renter screening.
    • Security deposits.
    • Evictions.
    • Relocation.
    • Repairs and maintenance.
    • Retaliation.

    Help with renter issues

    Learn how you can get help with urgent situations, rental issues and City notices including:

    • Property owner harassment or threats.
    • Heat not working.
    • Dangerous conditions.
    • Property owner not responding to repair requests.
    • Property owner discrimination.

    Renter resources

    See what resources are available to help you with rental housing issues in Minneapolis including:

    • City resources of support from Rental Housing Liaisons.
    • Legal resources.
  • Vision Zero Action Plan Adopted by City Council

    The City Council has adopted the 2023-2025 Minneapolis Vision Zero Action Plan, which sets priorities for the next three years toward the City’s goal of ending traffic deaths and severe injuries by 2027.

    People safely crossing a street

    The updated plan builds on the work of the 2020-2022 Vision Zero Action Plan and draws on information in the 2022 Vision Zero Crash Study. An average of 150 people suffered life-altering injuries or were killed in traffic crashes each year on streets in Minneapolis from 2017 to 2021. That is unacceptable and preventable. Traffic crashes disproportionately impact people in neighborhoods with lower incomes, Native American residents and people walking and bicycling.

    The plan features 17 strategies and 78 actions to implement between 2023 and 2025. They include four focus areas:

    • Safety improvements on high-injury streets.
    • Reducing dangerous vehicle speeds.
    • Traffic safety camera pilot addressing speeding and running red lights.
    • Reforms to address racial disparities in traffic stops.

    Learn more about the work to make our streets safer and how to get involved on the City’s website.

  • Register now for the Community Connections Conference

    English - 2023 promo image for Community Connections Conference

    Minneapolis residents can sign up now for the free 2023 Community Connections Conference on June 10. This year's theme, "Minneapolis in motion," welcomes all communities to explore how Minneapolis is growing, moving and changing, including through the City’s 2023-2024 priorities. The conference will run together with the 2023 Green Zone Summit for environmental justice.

    The Community Connections Conference is a free annual event for residents, community groups, neighborhood organizations and local government to build relationships, learn together and create a better Minneapolis.

    The 2023 conference will feature:

    • Workshops and other breakout sessions in multiple languages. The subjects include renters’ rights, responsible development and worker well-being, creative expression and emotional release for incarcerated people through the community-based organization FreeWriters, building relationships with youths in challenging environments, recycling and organics, climate action, and creating a plan for saving energy at home.
    • An exhibit hall showcasing more than 100 organizations with fun, interactive activities for both kids and adults.
    • Opportunities to learn about City policies, programs and services.
    • Lunch provided by local food vendors.
    • Performances by local artists.

    Community Connections Conference and Green Zone Summit
    9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 10
    (Check-in starts and exhibit hall opens at 8 a.m.)
    Minneapolis Convention Center, Hall A, Lower Level
    Pre-registration is on the City website.

    Call for breakout sessions, exhibits and volunteers

    Community members can sign up by April 30 to lead a workshop, roundtable, panel or presentation.

    Nonprofits and public institutions can apply for free exhibit space by April 30.

    Volunteers can help spread the word about the conference, welcome guests, guide people to breakout sessions and keep lunch services running smoothly. Bilingual volunteers are especially helpful. The volunteer signup button is in the conference pre-registration form on the City website.

    Register to attend the conference

    Everyone is welcome to read more and register for the free Community Connections Conference on the City website.

  • Johnson St NE/35W Intersection Improvement Project

    The City of Minneapolis is hosting an open house for the Johnson St NE/35W Intersection Improvement project on Thursday, April 27th.  The project will be reconstructing the intersection, including Johnson St NE,  the ramps leading to I-35W, and the entrance to the Quarry with the goal of improving the safety, comfort, and travel experience for all people using the intersection and better meet the needs of the community.  While not project is not located within the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood, the project may be of interest for residents due to the close proximity of the intersection and the Quarry shopping center.

     

    More information about the open house and the project can be found on the project page here.