East Harriet Park News
UPCOMING COMMITTEE MEETINGS
The Community Building, Parks, and Environment Committee generally meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7 pm. Check back for updates as this date can change.
The next scheduled meeting is Thursday, May 11, 2017 Location TBA
Questions? Contact email@example.com.
Next RecQuest CAC Meeting April 27
Below are the scheduled 2017 RecQuest meetings. All meetings are from 6-8 pm at MPRB Headquarters, 2117 W River Rd. Meetings are open to the public
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Thursday, November 30, 2017
No December meeting
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.
Roberts Bird Sanctuary
During spring migration, Minneapolis Audubon Society will lead bird walks in Roberts, as it has for almost 100 years. Come and bird with people who carry on the legacy of those early birders!
Every Tuesday in April and May, 9:00 a.m. (rain, snow, wind or shine)
Meet in the Roberts Sanctuary Parking Lot around 9:00 a.m. (Note: this parking lot is a pay lot; some people park on Lake Harriet Pkwy as a free alternative.)
All are welcome, whether new to birding or a seasoned birder!
The Friends of Roberts will also lead bird walks on Saturday mornings at 8 a.m. from April 15 through May.
Garlic Mustard Pulls
Spring is the best time to pull the invasive species garlic mustard that threatens our urban forests. Friends of Roberts will host pulls from 5-7 p.m. on these Tuesdays: May 9, 16, 23 and 30; and on Saturday May 20 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Questions or want more information?
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org , or visit www.friendsofroberts.org or the Friends of Roberts Bird Sanctuary on Facebook
Roberts Bird Sanctuary in SWJ
Click on link to read a current Southwest Journal article about the Roberts Bird Sanctuary from the perspective of the people who visit the sanctuary often.
Roberts Bird Sanctuary Revitalization
The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB), Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis (ACM), East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association (EHFNA) and LInden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHNC) have formed a partnership to create a long term management plan that will revitalize the Roberts Bird Sancuary and preserve its legacy.
The MPRB hopes to have a draft of the long-term management plan complete by June 2011. The MPRB will then ask the three involved groups, ACM, EHFNA and LHNC, to review the draft and respond with comments. MPRB staff will present the plan to the MPRB Board on July 6th with a meeting for public input to be scheduled shortly after that. The current timeline would have this project wrapped up by the end of summer 2011.
Located in Lyndale Park, the Thomas Sadler Roberts Bird Sanctuary includes about 13 acres of woodland and wetland north of Lake Harriet and south of Lakewood Cemetery.
ACM is an Adopt-A-Park partner at the bird sanctury. Projects for 2010 included public bird walks, bird and plant surveys and invasive species removal. Visit the ACM website for more information about the ACM and its role in this project.
East Harriet Neighbors are Invited to Rediscover The Lyndale Park Gardens
The Lyndale Park Garden staff would like to invite neighbors to rediscover the many garden spaces we offer, only footsteps from Lake Harriet, and located within the East Harriet neighborhood boundaries!
Our Rose Garden, the 2nd oldest public rose garden in the United States, presents Hybrid Teas, Floribundas, Grandifloras, Climbers and Hardy Shrub Roses in over 60 beds. The Heffelfinger Fountain borders the northeastern end of the roses, and leads visitors to the Perennial/Annual Border. Here, you will learn the botanical and common names for many beautiful perennials, and see outstanding color in the large rectangular beds. Be sure to enjoy the Phelps Fountain, too!
Across the street, the Peace Garden features 365 days of beauty – from early blooming Phlox and Rock Cress, to eye-catching winter displays of unusual conifers. Following Roseway Road toward King’s Highway, the Trial Gardens feature newly-bred plants being evaluated for hardiness, disease resistance, form and color. It is faithfully maintained by the Men’s Garden Club of Minneapolis. West of the Trial Gardens are the Butterfly and Hummingbird Gardens, featuring annuals and perennials which attract some of our favorite pollinators.
More information about the park can be found on the Lyndale Park website and their facebook page.
Lyndale Park can always use more help at the gardens! If you are interested in learning about Horticulture, or just love the park and want to get involved, please email email@example.com for the general park, or firstname.lastname@example.org for opportunities with the Men’s Garden Club.
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.
Ann Lynch, Park Director, Retiring
Ann Lynch, Lyndale Farmstead Park director for the past 22 years, will be retiring on January 31, 2017. You will have an opportunity to visit with Ann, share memories and extend your appreciation at a Mid-Winter Celebration on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 10 am to 9 pm.
Ann was born and raised in East Harriet and later returned to the neighborhood to raise her family. At that time, she recognized the need for neighborhood improvements and became involved in the East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association and served on the board in the 90's when the City was making Neighborhood Revitalization funds (NRP) available. East Harriet saw the need for a full time park building which was being rented as day care at the time and decided to dedicate NRP funds to hire a park director. Ann was hired as part time staff in 1995 and became the full time director in 2000 and has served in that position up to today.
In addition to reclaiming the Recreation Center for community programming, Ann was instrumental in the early community-building efforts which included winter indoor play time for toddlers/preschoolers and parents, first used book sale and plant swap, the bi-annual Garden Teas in collaboration with the Southwest Senior Center, successful soccer and field & track programs, and initiating the kite festival.
The Lake Harriet Kite Festival began as a spring event and was first held on the field in Lyndale Farmstead Park. It became a winter festival when the idea of a frozen lake would provide more sky space to fly the big kites. Now in its 16th year, the Kite Festival has grown to a regional event attracting over 6000 people.
Over the years, Ann has enjoyed getting to know two generations of residents participating in Egg Hunts, Halloween Parties, Summer Kick-Offs, Tee ball and Coach Pitch Baseball, Art in the Park, Soccer, Kid's tennis classes and skating classes, Family Skating Nights and Music on the Ice, Saturday dance classes and Tai Kwon Do. "So many happy memories, and none of them would have been possible without the support of the neighborhood, the part time park staff, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board".
Anne's future plans are still in the works but don't be surprised if you see her in a hammock next summer, hanging in the trees below the Superintendent's House, watching the slack-liners walking the line at sunset.
Lyndale Farmstead Events
Looking For a Party Venue?
The Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center is available for rentals when it is available, including the weekends when we are closed. It is a popular site for children's birthday parties, so please make your reservations at least two weeks in advance. Contact the director for more information: 612-370-4948.
Recreation Center Fee Schedule and Procedures
Facility Use Permit Application
Lyndale Farmstead Park Winter Hours
Monday-Thursday: 3-9 pm
Friday: 3-6 pm
Check here for Holidays and School Release Schedules
Residents Invited to Help Plan the Future of SW Minneapolis Parks
The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board is scheduling a series of community meetings this summer to get input from residents and determine the future of its neighborhood recreational centers. As a neighborhood with a smaller center, EHFNA is definitely vulnerable and closing the Lyndale Farmstead rec center could be an option on the table.
You can learn more and have your voice heard by attending an upcoming meeting.
Closing the Gap - Investing in Our Neighborhood Parks
Closing the Gap looks at the impacts that deferred maintenance - or delaying regular upkeep past the point of repair - has had on the 157 neighborhood parks in Minneapolis. Read more...
RecQuest - an in-depth look at recreation centers
RecQuest is the MPRB's in-depth assessment of its 47 community recreation centers. RecQuest not only considers the physical spaces within the recreation centers themselves, but also the programs, services and activities provided at the centers. Read more...
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Bruce Wadman, EHFNA's Parks, Environment and School (PES) committee chair, worked with MPRB and the art teachers at Barton Open School and Lyndale Community School to transform the drab plywood panels that serve as winter protection for the fountain into colorful works of art.
This wonderful example of collaboration between the parks, community and schools will provide winter enjoyment for local residents and park visitors for many winters to come.
The project was funded by EHFNA and Guse Hardware.