Community Updates

  • Third Avenue Bridge Survey

    A note from The Musicant Group:

    This is our final year of Third Avenue Bridge construction. Thank you for your patience and support as we complete the necessary preservation and rehabilitation work to continue to allow this historic bridge to connect our communities.

    Though we have not yet identified a bridge reopening date, we are thinking about what a project celebration and the reconnection of communities across the Mississippi River will look and feel like.

    As a valued member of this community and because of your involvement throughout construction, we would love to hear from you about what would make this an exciting and festive community-centered celebration.

    We also recognize that time is a valuable resource. We have prepared a survey to capture your thoughts and suggestions about our project celebration. However, if you would prefer to discuss them via a brief phone call, let’s find a time to connect.

    Should you not have the capacity or otherwise feel that we should connect with another person, we welcome you to invite key members of your community or another staff person with your organization to share their thoughts via the survey. Your participation is what guides the event experience and is key to a more connected and vibrant event!

    In order to continue in our planning, we will be closing the survey at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 28.


    Take the Survey Here:

    Thank you in advance for your participation.

    Kimberly Peterson | Relationship & Events Manager | she/her
    Creating Places Where People Want to Be
    [email protected]

  • Overdose Response Training available

    April 14, 2023, Noon - 1 pm

    Moos Tower Room 2-650

    515 Delaware Street SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55455

    Sign up to attend the April 14th Overdose Response Training, provided by the Steve Rummler Hope Network together with Boynton Health Services. Session will cover current opioid overdose data, basic naloxone pharmacology, recognizing overdose symptoms, and naloxone administration. Registered attendees will receive an intramuscular/IM naloxone kit. Visit to learn more about the training opportunities available during spring semester and to register. This training is open to UMN students, staff, faculty and community members.

  • Protect our water by adopting a storm drain

    A storm drain before and after clearing

    Did you know that when it rains, stormwater carries grass clippings, leaves, cigarette butts, pesticides, fertilizer and animal waste through the storm drains directly into Minneapolis lakes and creeks and the Mississippi River? Not to mention antifreeze, paint, gasoline and motor oil. But you can help by adopting a storm drain in Marcy-Holmes and keeping it clear.

    Hamline University recently reported on Adopt-a-Drain programs in the United States. Of the 170 active programs in the nation, the Minneapolis program ranked No. 1 for communities over 100,000 people because we had the most storm drains adopted (6,179 at the time of the report in September 2022) and the highest rate of adoption: 14.5 storm drains adopted per 1,000 people.

    Minneapolis’ significant investments in the Adopt-a-Drain Program have already resulted in less flooding, better water quality, better educated residents and changed behavior.

    Adopt a drain in Marcy-Holmes

    You can be a part of it by adopting a storm drain near your home or business. Your 15 minutes twice a month can make a big difference. Learn more about adopting a drain in Minneapolis, and sign up to adopt a drain in Marcy-Holmes.


  • Network Now

    Metro Transit is developing a five-year plan to ensure transit service best meets the needs of our region with Network Now.   

    Since 2020 Metro Transit has made transit service changes due to the Covid 19 pandemic, workforce challenges, and societal changes in travel behavior. Network Now will give community members the opportunity to help design how Metro Transit makes these transit service decisions. 

    Metro Transit would like to hear from you. Please give your community members voice and power by: 

    Community feedback will help ensure that the transit service we provide is informed by the community members and riders it serves.   

  • Developer seeks amendment to Minneapolis 2040 Plan for proposal in Marcy-Holmes



    At 6:30 pm on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, Bluff Street Development (a partnership of Lupe Development and Wall Companies), will be hosting a Community Engagement session (via Zoom) to discuss their hopes to amend the Minneapolis 2040 plan. The intention behind the amendment is to allow for a "7-story building with approximately 80 affordable dwelling units and enclosed parking."

    The site in question is 600 Main Street SE, currently a parking lot at near the intersection of Main Street SE and 6th Avenue SE. 


    Zoom Information

    Meeting ID: 826 3962 5688

    Passcode: 600main


    Call: 1 305 224 1968

    Meeting ID: 826 3962 5688

    Passcode: 7567335


    The original announcement and invitation, sent to MHNA on March 17, 2023, can be read at this link:


    We encourage you to attend this meeting to learn more about the project. The next MHNA Land Use & Development Committee will be held on Tuesday, April 11 at 6:30 pm.

  • Reporting Potholes in Minneapolis

    The City of Minneapolis is responsible for all pothole repairs, as well as issues with city streets, street lights, traffic signals or traffic signs.

    As the City launches an intensive effort to fill potholes, you can report maintenance issues in the following ways:

  • Doors Open Minneapolis

    Doors Open Minneapolis is returning this year May 13 – 14!


    Rethos will coordinate the event in partnership with Doors Open Minneapolis Founder Scott Mayer, the City of Minneapolis, the American Institute of Architects, and many more important local organizations.

    With the event just a few months away, Rethos is eager to find volunteers to greet visitors at participating venues and provide a fun and engaging experience for all. Volunteer opportunities will look practically identical to 2019. Here are some important details to keep in mind:

    • Volunteer shifts are four hours long (9:30 – 1:30 & 1:30 – 5:30). You are allowed to sign up for more than one shift, and you’re encouraged to sign up with a friend!
    • You will receive a free Doors Open t-shirt and a “first priority” sticker that allows you to skip lines to visit other venues during the event!
    • You will be required to attend a 90-minute training to prep you for volunteering at Doors Open Minneapolis. There will be five different opportunities to attend this training.

    You can sign up now at this HandsOn Twin Cities link. Once you’ve signed up for a volunteer slot, please register for one volunteer training at this Rethos link.

    For a list and description of some available venues to volunteer at, check out the Venues 2023 webpage on the Doors Open Minneapolis website. Rethos is still rounding up venues, so more will join this list soon! Some venues have limited accessibility, so be sure to check the volunteer description on the Hands On Twin Cities website for the venue you’re interested in.

    If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Fischer at [email protected].

  • Campus Arboretum Town Hall

    Distinct from the well-known Minnesota Landscape Arboretum located in Chaska, the Campus Arboretum celebrates the trees, plant communities, and special public greenspaces located on the UMN Twin Cities campuses and in the surrounding neighborhoods, including Marcy-Holmes. On March 29, 2023 at 5:30 PM at the UMN Plant Growth Facility room 140a (1552 Gortner Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55108), students will be hosting a town hall meeting where we hope to learn about local residents' desires for the Campus Arboretum and how we can cultivate an accessible, beautiful space for the local community as well as the campus community. Refreshments will be served.


  • UMN Public Safety Forum

    The University will hold a public safety forum on Thursday, March 2 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. in the Cowles Auditorium and streamed online. University and City of Minneapolis officials will share updates on their efforts to address safety on and around campus and take questions from the community. Parking is located nearby in the 19th Avenue Ramp. Digital handouts: Panelist biographies and SSAC update. The panel will include:

    • P​​resident Joan Gabel
    • Matt Clark, University of Minnesota Police Chief  
    • Brian O'Hara, Minneapolis Police Chief 
    • Sean McGinty, Inspector, Minneapolis Police Department
    • David Hanson, Metro Transit
    • Michael Rainville, Minneapolis City Council member Ward 3
    • Robin Wonsley, Minneapolis City Council member Ward 2

    Digital handouts: Panelist biographies, SSAC update.

    • View the Campus and Neighborhood Safety FAQs page which includes information about safety forums, UMPD, SAFE-U, the Clery Act, Dinkytown and other near-campus neighborhoods, transportation safety, and how to learn more.
  • Get involved in the 2023 Community Connections Conference on June 10

    The Community Connections Conference is a free event that connects residents, community groups, neighborhoods and local government. We invite you to share information, skills, resources and opportunities for the community through exhibits and breakout sessions. 

    Community Connections Conference
    Saturday, June 10, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Minneapolis Convention Center, lower level, Hall A
    1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis MN 55403

    This year's theme, Minneapolis in motion, welcomes all communities to explore the ways Minneapolis is growing, moving and changing, including through the City’s 2023-2024 priorities. Read more about the conference and our goals at


    Apply for your exhibit space by April 30. We are especially looking for informative, fun, interactive exhibits for both children and adults. Exhibit space is free for nonprofits and public institutions, and organizers will also provide booth spaces for conference partners. 

    Learn more about exhibiting and apply for your space on the Community Connections Conference exhibitor webpage

    Lead a breakout session 

    Send in your ideas for presentations, workshops, panels, community conversations and other breakout sessions that reflect the conference theme and City priorities for 2023.  The priority deadline for breakout session proposals is March 31.

    Read more about breakout sessions and send in your ideas on the breakout session webpage. 

    Spread the word  

    You can help spread the word about exhibitor and breakout session opportunities by sharing the conference website