East Harriet Neighborhood History
Colonel William S. King directly influenced the shape and tone of East Harriet. His summer estate, Lyndale Farmstead, was situated on land now designated as a park bearing the same name. King was also instrumental in setting aside as park lands the vast acreage encircling Lake Harriet.
East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association (EHFNA) History
EHFNA officially incorporated in 1991 as one of the first six neighborhoods to participate in the Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP). East Harriet neighbors have used - and are using - the NRP process to identify and meet our neighborhood's needs. The volunteer help of committed neighbors and business owners was instrumental as EHFNA planned and implemented the original Neighborhood Action Plan.
One of the most noticeable beneficiaries has been Lyndale Farmstead Park. For many years, the park building was used as a daycare facility and community programs and events were nearly nonexistent. In the past ten years, the park has been transformed into a popular neighborhood gathering place. EHFNA partially funded staff at the park until the Minneapolis Park Board took over staff payroll in 2000. Additionally, EHFNA has funded new park lighting, tennis courts, and playground equipment.
Over $1 million has been invested in neighborhood housing through several programs. Most notably, 90 neighborhood homeowners have taken advantage of low interest Home Improvement Loans. The interest generated from this program is captured and can be re-invested into the Revolving Loan Fund, or other neighborhood projects.
Other highlights include:
Contributed $75,000 to Barton School's landscaping, outdoor lighting, front facade, fencing and irrigation system.
Planted more than 300 boulevard trees throughout the neighborhood.
Provided $20,000 worth of matching grants to 15 neighborhood businesses as part of the Business Facade Improvement Program.
Funded lighting along Roseway Road to Lake Harriet.
Installed pedestrian lighting at 46th & Bryant.
Tested traffic calming on King's Highway and installed flashing lights at 39th & Bryant stop sign.
Developed plans to extend the Riverside Greenway from the Kingfield Neighborhood to Lake Harriet.
Additional ongoing programs and services supported by EHFNA include the funding for our office and staff person, our newsletters and website, and support for several neighborhood events such as the Kite Festival, PorchFest and Fall Fest.