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.
Status of Theo Wirth House Tours
The Theo Wirth House, located in Farmstead Park at 3954 Bryant Ave S, is owned by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB). The current Minneapolis Park Superintendent leases a portion of the house as their residence. The Minneapolis Parks Legacy Society (MPLS) holds public tours of a limited portion of the house through a permit granted by MPRB. The Superintendent's lease terminates February 19th and the MPRB is considering the Superintendent's request to lease the entire house going forward. MPLS is asking MPRB to renew their permit to continue to share the Wirth home for the purpose of conducting public tours.
The East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association Board has written and submitted a letter to MPRB in support of ongoing public tours.
Contact your MPRB representatives with any questions or concerns.
Southwest Parks Plan
Check out the updated plan outlining the future of SW Minneapolis neighborhood parks! The draft of the Southwest Service Area Master Plan is now open for a public comment ending April 5.
Called the Southwest Parks Plan for short, the draft plan contains updated park designs that will guide development of all Southwest Minneapolis neighborhood park properties over the next 20+ years. In addition to the park concepts, the plan also puts forward several proposed potential park spaces and search areas.
The Southwest Parks Plan was created through nearly two years of meetings, events, conversations, feedback, design and adjustment.
Use the links below to view and comment on the plan online or visit any of the 13 recreation centers in the Southwest Service Area to see a paper copy and leave written comments. Copies are also available at Parade Ice Arena and MPRB Headquarters.
Farmstead Park Plan (and other parks beginning with the letter "L")
Kings Highway (and other parks "E-K")
Submit comments on the plan.
All of the above information and more, including plans for other Southwest Minneapolis parks, can be found on the project page.
After the 45-day comment period closes, the design team will again consider comments from all stakeholders and potentially make more adjustments. The final plan will then be sent to the Board of Commissioners for a public hearing and vote on the master plan's approval. Please continue to share your thoughts on the park plans in these final stages of public comment.
We had perfect weather and wonderful turnout for the Lake Harriet Kite Festival last month. If you were one of the 7500 attendees, please take 5 minutes to provide your feedback by taking this short survey:
Minneapolis Public School Changes
Minneapolis Public Schools is in the midst of its Comprehensive District Design process, which aims to increase equity and close student achievement gaps in MPS. If passed by the school board later this spring, proposed changes would begin to take effect in Fall 2021. Learn more about the Comprehensive District Design process here.
Neighborhood Happy Hour
Date: Thursday, March 19
Location: Harriet's Inn
4000 Lyndale Ave S
Did you catch the first East Harriet Happy Hour last December? It was a blast! Don't worry if you missed it, we'll have another one to celebrate Spring. Harriet's Inn has donated space for the neighborhood to come in from the cold to gather and socialize. This is a perfect opportunity to stop by and get to know some of your neighbors. Many of your East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association (EHFNA) board members will also be there so be sure to say "hi" and tell them your ideas for improving the neighborhood.
Come for one hour or stay the whole time--you won't want to miss it!
Contact EHFNA at info@EastHarriet.org with any questions.
Farmstead Rec Center is Closed for Improvements
In preparation for construction on a range of improvements, Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center is closed until spring 2020. Pending approval of a construction contract by Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) commissioners, MPRB will proceed this fall and winter with the construction phase of the project, which includes:
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.
Events at Lakewood
Lakewood Cemetery hosts many public events throughout the year. To register or learn more about the events at Lakewood Cemetery click here.
Next EHFNA Meeting:
Wednesday, March 4
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Walker Health Center
3737 Bryant Ave S
East Harriet welcomes all residents to attend. Should you require an accommodation in order to participate, please let us know 10 days prior to the meeting date by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming EHFNA Committee Meetings:
Tuesday February 18 & March 17: Housing, Zoning, Business & Schools 7-8 pm | Walker Health Services (3737 Bryant Ave S)
Thursday, February 20 & March 19: Community Building, Parks, & Environment 7-8 pm | Walker Health Services (3737 Bryant Ave S)
Please stop by any of our committee meetings!
Check www.eastharriet.org for meeting dates, times and location updates.
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 email@example.com.
Primary Voting Information
Early voting has begun. The Minnesota presidential primary date will be on March 3rd.
Click here to find where you vote.
For more information, check out the Minneapolis voting guide: Your City, Your Vote.
2020 Census Now Hiring
The census is a count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories and happens every ten years. In early 2020, you will be asked to count every person who lives in your home as of Apr. 1. Responding to the 2020 Census is a chance to shape your future.
In March 2020, every household in America will receive a notice to complete the census online, by phone, or by mail. In May, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin following up in person with households that have yet to respond.
Please watch your mail for this important notice and complete the census. The results will inform funding decisions that will shape our community for the next ten years.
Energy Efficiency Scores
Prospective homebuyers will soon have information on a house's energy efficiency before they decide to buy it - like knowing the miles per gallon of a car. Sellers have a Truth in Sale of Housing evaluation, and as of Jan. 15, that document will also include an energy disclosure report showing the home's energy score. The higher the score, the more efficient and resilient to weather extremes the property is.
The energy disclosure report helps buyers and sellers determine what energy efficiency improvements they can make to lower their energy use and reduce carbon emissions. Read more about the new energy efficiency scores here.
Accessory Dwelling Unit Info
More than 130 local families have added an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) to their homes in the four short years since Minneapolis adopted an ADU ordinance. If you're curious about how an ADU could help your family, then check out our free Home + home: Twin Cities ADU Guidebook.
What is an ADU, you ask? You probably know them as basement and attic apartments, mother-in-law units, and backyard cottages. Whatever you call them, you can use one to downsize while staying in your own neighborhood or you can provide an affordable home to elderly or young relatives alike. And you can strengthen your family's finances by renting the ADU out. Check out the guidebook to learn more!
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