2020 Do-It-Yourself Earth Day Cleanup

April 20th – April 30th: Minneapolis Earth Day Clean-Up
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB), along with the City of Minneapolis, invite residents to participate in this year’s Do-It-Yourself Minneapolis Earth Day Clean-Up, through the end of April. 

The Minneapolis Earth Day Clean-Up has been the city’s largest community service project for many years. Since 2008, more than 20,000 residents have removed more than 160,000 pounds of garbage from Minneapolis parks, neighborhoods, and watersheds. To keep volunteers safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the 2020 cleanup – during the 50th anniversary of Earth Day – is going forward as a DIY project.

Everyone is encouraged to share photos of their cleanup: a great way to show what we can all accomplish #alonetogether #mplsdiyearthday
No registration needed! Just follow these steps:

1. Use a trash bag from home.

2. Head to a nearby park or trail to pick up trash (while getting fresh air and exercise).

3. Practice physical distancing and other current COVID-19 guidelines. Learn more at www.minneapolisparks.org/coronavirus-covid-19-information/

4. Share photos of your trash haul on MPRB’s @MPLSEarthDay Facebook page and get a prize!

SAENA considering updating street lights

SAENA has money ear-marked for updated street lighting… We need to decide if this project is something we’d like to pursue.

The link below contains the Minneapolis Street Lighting Policies.

This is a good start to understanding the process and basic information the City provides.

At the Community Meeting last night (January 26) this information was shared by a member of the Minneapolis Public Works Department.


What’s happening to our trees?

If you have questions about what’s happening with the ash and/or elm trees around Minneapolis (maybe even in your own yard), here’s some information to hopefully answer your questions.
  Just about everything to do with Boulevard Trees is on our Forestry Page of the website  http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=28  if you go down the column on the left there is a section on just about everything.  If you are still confused the Forestry foreman for the Eastside is Gary Myhre <GMyhre@minneapolisparks.org>.

  Gary is great about getting his crews to problem areas in NE after storms or if a random branch breaks off into the street etc…

  The inspectors, who are permitted to go on private property, mark the trees that will be removed each season.  We are trying to pick the ash trees that are the weakest as we go through our 8 year removal plan.  If there are trees the neighborhood wants to save by treating ( which defers when they come down, but in reality all ash are doomed) you would need to work with an accredited tree service, which we have listed on one of the pages.  The same goes for Elm.  These companies keep the MPRB informed of continuing treatment so that we don’t cut down trees that are being treated.

  All trees on private property can be inspected and marked by the MPRB as the city forestry dept.  However, if you wish to have a private tree contractor other than one of the ones the MPRB/City hires to removed diseased trees, make sure to let the MPRB know ASAP about the private contractors, or the teams of outside guys will be there and the tree will be down with no recourse except to pay the bill.  The advantage to using the contractors through the MPRB/City is the cost can be added to the property tax bill and paid over a few years VS. right when the tree comes down.

If you have any further questions, I encourage you to contact
Liz Wielinski
President & Commissioner District 1
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
612-230-6443, Ext. 1
2117 West River Road
Minneapolis,MN 55411

Care About Your Lawn? Free Workshop!

Sign-Up for a Turfgrass Best Maintenance Practices Workshop!

July 16 or August 12 (select one date)

Who should attend? Private contractors and landscaping businesses, property managers, public works staff, crew leaders, supervisors, permanent and seasonal employees.

Training topics include best practices for mowing, seeding, fertilizer selection and rates, when to use herbicides and equipment calibration.

Registration is FREE!

Register here!

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New Residential Energy Program Coming to St. Anthony East!

Learn how to reduce your energy use and save money.  Join over 2,500 Minneapolis homeowners that have already participated!  The St. Anthony East Neighborhood Association (SAENA) is proud to introduce Community Energy Services, a partnership with the Center for Energy and Environment, City of Minneapolis, CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy.

A free educational workshop for St. Anthony East homeowners will be held at Logan Recreation Center (690 13th Ave NE)

Tuesday, February 8th, 6:30 p.m.

To reserve your spot or for other workshop dates contact:

Kyle Boehm at (612) 219-7334 or kboehm@mncee.org.

*Free childcare provided at the workshop*

By attending the workshop, you are eligible to receive a customized home visit; a $400 energy efficiency package for a co-pay of only $30!  This package includes two energy professionals from the Center for Energy and Environment spending an hour and half with you in your home.  During this time they will perform a blower door test, which measures air leaks, as well as install energy and money saving materials.  Some of these materials may include: compact fluorescent light bulbs, a programmable thermostat, low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators, pipe wrap and more!

Homeowners are also provided with 12 months of personalized energy tracking. This unique feedback allows you to see how your home uses energy and how much energy you home is saving with the program.  Participants are also given information on financing, incentives, and gain access to rebates available only to Community Energy Services participants.

For questions, please contact Kyle Boehm at (612) 219-7334, kboem@mncee.org or visit http://www.mnces.org

Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).