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.
Lake Harriet 2017 KiteFest January 28
The skies over frozen Lake Harriet were covered with kites of all shapes, sizes andcolors as thousands attended the 16th Annual Lake Harriet Kite Festival that took place Saturday, January 28, 2017.
The free, fun, family festival included horse-drawn wagon rides, snowshoeing, ice fishing, marshmallow roast and an ice obstacle course. Minnesota Kite Society experts were on hand to demonstrate maneuvering spectacular kites throughout the day, offer their expertise to kite flying enthusiasts and to those who are new to the pastime.
KiteFest is Sponored by MPRB Events Department, East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association, and Linden Hills Neighborhood Council.
A special thanks to TIPS Outdoors (Ice Fishing), and MN Kite Society (Big Kites), MPRB Park Naturalists (Snow Shoeing), Hell Bent Fitness (Obstacle Course on Ice) and MIA (Kids Art Projects) for providing free fun events at KiteFest!
Ann Lynch, Park Director, Retired Jan 31
Ann Lynch, Lyndale Farmstead Park director for the past 22 years, spent her last day visiting and sharing memories with staff and neighbors on January 31.
The East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association on behalf of the neighborhood presented Ann with a certificate of appreciation and plans to install and dedicate a park bench in her name in Lyndale Farmstead Park. The bench will be installed this spring and placed in a shaded spot overlooking the playground.
East Harriet Street Resurfacing Begins this Spring Neighborhood Meeting February 21
Mill and overlay resurfacing will begin this spring in several neighborhoods including East Harriet. The project includes most but not all streets. Streets not included are W 36th, 38th, 40th, Lyndale, Bryant, Dupont and East Lake Harriet Parkway.
Formal assessment notices and letters will be going out soon for this project, along with invitations to a neighborhood meeting hosted by Public Works on February 21 at 6.30 pm at the Lyndale Farmstead Rec Center at 3900 Bryant Ave South. A map of the project location is attached.
Minimum Wage Planned Listening Sessions
The City of Minneapolis is hosting several listening sessions in coming weeks to gather feedback on a potential minimum wage policy for employers in the City of Minneapolis.
The City Council has directed City staff to present minimum wage policy recommendations mid-year after doing additional research and community engagement on the topic. The listening sessions will be an opportunity for community stakeholders to share viewpoints on how a change in the minimum wage would impact them.
Details including meeting locations, dates and times are posted at the City's Minimum Wage webpage. Check there to verify dates and times as additional listening sessions and details are confirmed.
Council Member Palmisano will also be participating in a forum organized by the Lake Street Council and Southwest Business Association on February 21, from 3-4:30 pm at Sabathani Community Center, 310 E 38th St (Banquet Room). Council Members Glidden, Quincy and Warsame are also expected to attend to hear from businesses about the impact this potential ordinance would have on them personally. The forum will precede the February 21 planned 6-7:30 pm listening session at Sabathani Community Center.
CM Palmisano is also working on scheduling another community forum, in coordination with the City and several neighborhoods, in order to bring more of this minimum wage discussion to southwest Minneapolis.
RecQuest CAC Meeting Feb 23
RecQuest CAC Meeting #3
Feb. 23, 2017
MPRB Headquarters, 2117 W River Rd
Topic: Project update, Phase 2 overview, proposed tools and timeline
Minneapolis' demographics are changing rapidly, making it more important than ever to ensure that the MPRB meets the needs of the city's diverse stakeholders. Therefore, the MPRB is developing a plan - RecQuest - for the next generation of recreation centers in Minneapolis.
The MPRB operates 49 year-round, neighborhood-based recreation centers, and leases two recreation centers to non-profit organizations. Most facilities were built in the 1960s and 1970s and are nearing the end of their useful life. As a neighborhood with a smaller center, East Harriet is definitely vulnerable and closing the Lyndale Farmstead rec center could be a future option on the table.
RecQuest will set the stage for the next 25-30 years of capital improvements at recreation centers. It will also tailor recreation center facilities and programs to meet the current and projected recreation needs of communities across the city.
Please read the RecQuest CAC Meeting #2 Summary or visit the RecQuest Project Page for more information.
Draft Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Master Plan Available For Public Review and Comment
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is seeking comments on a draft of the Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Master Plan. This document will create a 25-year vision for Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska, Lake Harriet, and surrounding parkland within Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Regional Park.
The draft Master Plan is the result of 18 months of community-based planning and design. Public comments will be accepted until March 4, 2017.
The plan is available online on the Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Master Plan project page. Printed copies of the plan along with paper surveys will be available after Jan. 25 at each of the 13 recreation centers located in southwest Minneapolis, MPRB headquarters and the Walker, Linden Hills, and Washburn libraries. Community members may comment by filling out a brief online survey, a printed survey at one of the locations referenced above or by emailing or phoning the project manager listed below.
At the conclusion of the open comment period, MPRB staff will catalog and categorize each public comment to assess its impact to plan. The comments will be taken into consideration by the Board of Commissioners when considering approval after a public hearing on the plan.
Once approved by the Board of Commissioners, the plan will be submitted to the Metropolitan Council for review and adoption. Future funding of capital improvements at the two lakes and surrounding parkland is contingent upon a Met Council adopted master plan.
The first round of improvements identified in the plan will begin in spring 2017.
Thank You KiteFest Sponsors!
A huge thanks to our local businesses who support this free event by sponsoring the horse and wagon rides and Mr. Kite!
Nicollet Ace Hardware
Southwest Business Association
Hell Bent Fitness
Park Ice Rinks Temporarily Closed Due to Warm Temps
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is closing all outdoor skating rinks due to warmer temps. (This excludes the refrigerated Wells Fargo WinterSkate rink at Loring Park.) Designated broomball rinks will also remain open.
Skating on ice during warmer temperatures can cause damage to the ice and injure skaters. Closing the rinks (including not watering or sweeping the ice) will help prolong the ice for when the temps cool off.
The rinks will reopen as soon as possible after more seasonable weather returns and rinks can be prepared for safe use. Please check the ice rink status page for the most up-to-date opening and closing information.
Minneapolis Tree Sale
Residents of Wards 3 -7 and 10 (Includes East Harriet north of 42nd) will be able to order a tree on March 6- 12beginning at 11am at www.treetrust.org.
Residents living outside these wards, including Ward 13 (south of 42nd St) will be able to register for the tree lottery on March 13-18. When you register on the Tree Trust website, you will be entered in a lottery to be selected to purchase a tree through the program. Your address can only be registered one time during this process.
The lottery will take place during the week of March 20. If selected, you will be notified by email by March 22 and will receive further instructions including payment options.
If you would like to pay by check, for your tree, please call the Tree Trust office at 952.767.3880 to register for the lottery and if you are selected, an order form will be sent to you.
The Psychology of Sustainable Behavior Workshop Feb 25
Are you someone who cares about the environment and wishes more people would make environmentally sustainable choices? Have you ever wondered how you can help people make those choices? You won't want to miss this!
Saturday, February 25, 2017
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lynnhurst Community Center
The Psychology of Sustainable Behavior: A skill-building workshop to support voluntary behavior change developed and facilitated by Dr. Christie Manning, Macalester College
The workshop facilitator, Dr. Christie Manning, has spent the last 15 years applying psychological research to issues of natural resource use, social justice, and sustainability.
REGISTER HERE. Registration deadline is February 17, 2017.
Walker Methodist Pastimes Memory Cafe
Pastimes Memory Cafe
Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 3:30 - 5 pm
Walker Methodist Health Center, Fellowship Hall
3737 Bryant Ave S.
Pastimes Memory Cafe at Walker Methodist Health Center is Tuesday, February 21 from 3:30-5:00pm. This is an informal gathering of people with dementia and a friend or family member where they can enjoy coffee and refreshments and lively conversation. There is no cost for this and while RSVPs are welcome, they are not necessary--you are welcome to come by and join us.
RSVP and or for more information, contact Anne Tabat at
firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 612 804-7925.
Upcoming EHFNA Meetings
Nest Board Meeting
March 1, 2017
7 - 8:30 pm
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, email@example.com.
Upcoming EHFNA Committee Meetings:
Thur., Feb 9 Community Building, Parks & Environment, 7-8:30pm | Location TBA
Mon., Feb 20, Crime, Safety, Transportation & Noise, 7-8pm | Walker Health Services (3737 Bryant Ave S)
Tues., Jan 31: Housing, Zoning, Business & Schools, 7-8pm | Walker Health Services (3737 Bryant Ave S)
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