Welcome to the East Harriet Neighborhood
East Harriet is bordered by 36th Street on the north and 46th Street to the south. Lyndale Avenue is the eastern boundary; Lake Harriet and Lakewood Cemetery largely make up the western border of the neighborhood. In addition to these Minneapolis landmarks, Lyndale Park Gardens and Rose Gardens, the Thomas Sadler Roberts Bird Sanctuary are located within East Harriet. Many houses in the neighborhood are two-story homes, set back from the streets.
Notes from the Neighborhood
During these times of uncertainty EHFNA is here for you. Over the last couple months, we have strived to provide:
Regular updates to the eastharriet.org website, Facebook and Nextdoor.
Reimbursement to local businesses in East Harriet for expenses associated with boarding-up.
Art work made by East Harriet residents to help uplift the spirits of those living at Walker Methodist Place.
Please contact email@example.com if there is anything else we can do to help you.
A list of Covid19 Resources can be found on the East Harriet webpage. This includes federal, state and local government information as well as links to a number of online entertainment and activity options.
Please stay in touch with us by joining the East Harriet Facebook Group. Feel free to post art projects, photos, favorite books and TV...anything positive that you'd like to share with your neighbors!
If you haven't already, consider joining Nextdoor. About half of East Harriet's residents are on Nextdoor and it's an excellent resource if you need to reach out to your neighbors.
Who are my City Council Representatives?
If you live in East Harriet, North of 42nd Street, you are in the 10th Ward and your representative is Council President Lisa Bender. Sign up for The Ward 10 Bulletin here.
If you live South of 42nd Street, you are in Ward 13. Your representative is Council Member Linea Palmisano and you can sign up for Ward 13 newsletters here.
A Few Ways to Help
The Lyn-Lake Region Business Recovery Fund goes to help local, small businesses west of I35W. It will support business owners who are ineligible for other recovery funding and target businesses owned by people of color and immigrants. Read about and contribute to that fund here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/lynlake-region-business-recovery-fund
How to donate food
If you’re moved to support your community by donating food, the best way to reach hungry people is through food shelves. And the best way to help food shelves is with monetary donations. The dollars go much further through their own purchases, it prevents food donations from spoiling, and it allows the food shelves to purchase specific items that are needed for the community.
For information on how to support food shelves and meal sites, please visit the Health Department’s food donations page or view the pdf for specific needs shared by food shelves.
Walker Methodist Place reached out to EHFNA to ask if East Harriet neighbors could write letters, draw pictures, send poems or any other pick-me-up to their residents. Letters can be dropped off on the cart just inside the Walker Place entrance North of the main Bryant Ave parking lot, under the long awning. Or, they can be mailed to:
Attn: Carrie Zak
Walker Methodist Place
3701 Bryant Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55409
The Minnesota Department of Health recommends that any Minnesotan who has attended a protest, vigil or community cleanup, get tested for COVID-19, which can spread easily and quickly in large groups of people who are close together for long periods of time. Even people who do not have symptoms can still spread the virus to others.
The State has added special COVID-19 testing sites for critical communities for people who have recently been a part of large gatherings whether or not they have symptoms. Make sure to preregister for a time slot if you can before heading over to be sure you have a spot. Appointments have been filling up fast. People who arrive without an appointment might have to come back later or another day. Appointments for the next week will open up on Wednesdays, so if you don’t find anything available, keep checking back.
Residents who live in the area of these three sites who have recently been a part of large gatherings are invited to preregister for free COVID-19 testing:
Letters for Seniors
Medical research has indicated that COVID-19 may have a high rate of transmission through respiratory droplets, particularly while indoors, and that wearing a mask can help reduce the risk of community spread. Research has also shown that people who don't show signs of the virus can still spread it without knowing they have it.
Businesses will not be required to provide masks to customers or employees themselves, though employers shall be required to mandate the use of masks by their staff.
Fun on the Run brings
FREE outdoor youth activities
to neighborhood parks,
starting June 15
On Monday June 15, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board's (MPRB) launched Fun on the Run, bringing outdoor recreational games, sports, and other activities for youth to 12 neighborhood parks throughout the city, on a rotating schedule.
All youth and teens are welcome to come by between 1 pm and 4 pm for fun and games at a safe - and social! - distance. All activities are FREE (no registration is necessary).
MPRB staff sanitize equipment after each use and help ensure participants follow social distancing guidelines.
Who? Youth and teens When? June 15 to August 31, 1 pm to 4 pm
Nearby Nature: new FREE activities at parks throughout Minneapolis, starting June 16
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) invites people of all ages to explore the parks in fresh ways this summer with Nearby Nature.
All Nearby Nature activities are FREE and no registration is necessary. Just show up and be ready for fun, relaxation and inspiration! Rotating through parks every week or so, activities include the following:
This week (June 16 - 21) and next (June 22-28) at Lyndale Farmstead Park. For more information, click here.
Minneapolis Beaches: What to Know Before You Go
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) has modified operations at beaches this season, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are providing a list of changes you should be aware of:
General info and updates can be found at www.minneapolisparks.org/beaches
Fill out the 2020 Census Online Today!
Do you want to do your part to help your community and keep others safe? Complete the census online here:
Participating in the 2020 Census helps ensure that your community gets the resources it deserves, that our state is fully represented in Congress, and more. For example, Minnesota is Do you want to do your part to help your community and keep others safe?
Complete the census online here:
Participating in the 2020 Census helps ensure that your community gets
the resources it deserves, that our state is fully represented in Congress,
and more. For example, Minnesota is on the verge of losing one Congressional Representative if our population count is too low.
In a time of social distancing, getting this work done online keeps everyone safer.
The 2020 Census can also be completed by phone. Phone lines are open every day from 7am to 2am Eastern Time.
Click here for more languages.
Next EHFNA Meeting:
EHFNA Board Meeting
Wednesday, July 1
7:00pm - 8:30pm
EHFNA Meetings will be held as Zoom video conferences. If you are interested in attending the meeting, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org in advance for the meeting link.
Upcoming EHFNA Committee Meetings:
Committee Meetings will be held as Zoom video conferences. If you are interested in attending the meeting, please contact info@EastHarriet.org in advance for the meeting link.
Tuesday June 16: Housing, Zoning, Business & Schools
Thursday July 16: Community Building, Parks, & Environment 7-8 pm
Contact us at 612.430.9161 or email email@example.com for more information.
We are looking for East Harriet Neighborhood residents to serve on these committees. If you are interested or would like more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neighborhood 2020 Public Comment Closes July 15
Funding for neighborhood associations across the city expires at the end of 2020. The City Council is considering options for an ongoing framework for the work of neighborhood associations and future funding.
EHFNA works hard each year to best represent the needs of the East Harriet neighborhood with things such as events, communications, the Farmstead Park rec center addition, business facade improvement and advocacy with the City and other partners.The proposed plan drastically reduces operational funding for EHFNA and many other associations and will limit the scope of what we are able to do in the neighborhood. We hope you will support the ongoing work of neighborhood associations and provide comment before July 15th to the city by e-mailing:
We understand that funding priorities are a big concern these days and greatly appreciate your reinforcement of EHFNA's efforts to support our residents and businesses.
Vote by Mail
Beginning Wednesday, May 13, voters will be able to request absentee (mail) ballots for both the State Primary in August and the General Election in November. You do not need to be registered to apply.
To request an absentee ballot for the August primary, November general election, or any special elections, complete and return this application to the Minneapolis Elections and Voter Services office by mail, fax or email.
Stay up-to-date on road and ramp closures with MnDOT’s I-35@94 Downtown toCrosstown project. The web page can be found at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/35w94/. People can sign up for email alerts and find the latest schedule, updates, detour maps on the web page.
Status of Minneapolis Police
The Department of Neighborhood and Community Relations has received questions from community members and several neighborhood groups about neighborhood safety and police. We are reaching out to answer some of these questions.
New Triplex Construction at 3632 Colfax Ave S
There will be a new triplex at 3632 Colfax Ave S in Minneapolis, MN. The site is currently a vacant lot. Homes by Tradition intends to build a new 3 Unit For Rent Apartment on the site. The project will be 2.5 stories, with a pitched roof, and look like a single family house. The project has NO VARIANCES. The project requires an administrative site plan review, and no public hearing.
Click here for site plans.
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