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!

New Rec Center – Open House 12/11/14

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is planning a new recreation center for Northeast Park at 1500 Buchanan Street NE. There will be a public open house:

Thursday December 11th

Northeast Library, 2200 Central Ave NE from 6:00 to 7:30pm to discuss ongoing planning for this new recreation building! Arrive to provide insight and suggestions. Hope to see you there!

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

Looking for Summer Minneapolis Activities?

Whether you have out of town visitors, are keeping the kiddos busy, or looking for fun date night activities, check these out!


*****Informational Resources*****

River Trip Planner

Visit your national park without a car! The National Park Service – Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is very excited to share that their long awaited “River Trip Planner” is LIVE! www.rivertripplanner.org will help you plan a route anywhere in the park, identify bus, rail lines and the best points of access (river nodes) for popular river destinations. It is an easy-to-use Google-based map with embedded park destination and alternative transportation (bus, rail, bike, boat, and walking) information that builds on existing regional transit, recreational trails and river access. Have fun, stay fit and reduce environmental impacts while exploring your national park! For more information about destinations in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area go to: www.nps.gov/planyourvisit


St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board Web Site

The St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board web site provides information about the history of the St. Anthony Falls area and history-related things to do (including web versions of the various walking tour brochures); visit http://www.stanthonyfalls.org.


Above the Falls Destinations Map

The Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership has coordinated with Minnehaha Media (a division of Hedberg Maps) to produce the Mississippi River Map-Above the Falls Destinations — a complete map and resource guide to the river and surrounding neighborhoods from the I-694 bridge in Brooklyn Center/Fridley down to the Stone Arch Bridge in Downtown Minneapolis. The map is sponsored by Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership. Explore the rich cultural and industrial history of Minneapolis’ birthplace on the river and the neighborhoods that grew around it. Venture into the natural areas, parks and trails that straddle the river just north of downtown. Dine and relax at dozens of bars and restaurants in the neighborhoods of the North Loop, Northeast and North Minneapolis. All paths lead to the river – it’s time to rediscover the Mississippi! These maps are 12” x 18”, full-color (folded to pocket-sized), FREE and available at Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership events, their sponsors, select retail, restaurants and coffee shops, parks and recreation centers, schools, neighborhood and community centers throughout Downtown, North and Northeast Minneapolis and throughout the Twin Cities — over 80 locations. Please see the area of coverage: http://www.minnehahamedia.com/gw/missriver_mpls_upper/index.html.


Mississippi River Field Guide

Friends of the Mississippi River’s Mississippi River Field Guide gathers historical fact and folklore, information about ecology, natural history and industry, and tips for the river explorer or recreational user. Browse this site for interesting and fun facts about the Twin Cities area or use it as a guide for your own river adventure. For information: http://fieldguide.fmr.org


Minnesota Great River Road Information and Maps

The newest Minnesota Great River Road information pieces are six maps that have been developed for each of the six destination areas of the Great River Road. They feature a map on one side, with travel ideas on the reverse side. To see all six maps and access lots of other information about the Great River Road, visit http://www.mnmississippiriver.com.


Minneapolis Bicycling Map

The City of Minneapolis now has a great map available online that includes extensive information of interest to bicyclists, e.g., bike route locations, Nice Ride kiosk locations, points of interest and street conditions. There’s one version that you can print out and another that allows you to zoom in and pan around to view the information. Check it out at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles/maps/pan/index.htm.



*****Informational Updates*****

West River Parkway Closed

A portion of West River Parkway will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time following last week’s mudslide. The street is now closed from Fourth Street South to Franklin Avenue.The closure also affects walking and biking trails through that stretch. A detour route has been established by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the City of Minneapolis’ Public Works. Traffic will be re-routed from West River Parkway to Riverside Avenue South/Franklin Avenue South. Detour signs for motorized vehicles, cyclists and pedestrian traffic will be posted. View the full detour route. The Minneapolis Queen and Paradise Charter Cruises will maintain their regular hours and services.


West River Parkway Closure for All Star Event

As a result of an invitation-only event being held at Mill City Museum and Mill Ruins Park, a section of West River Parkway will be down to one lane on July 13 and closed entirely on 14. For more information: http://www.journalmpls.com/news-feed/mlb-hosting-vip-gala-at-mill-city-museum-after-home-run-derby.


Upcoming Events! Mark Your Calendars!

St. Anthony East Neighborhood Association has a Community Meeting coming up this Monday, July 25th to discuss our plans for using our Neighborhood Revitalization Plan (NRP) Phase II. We’d like your input on how programs can be designed to best help you and your neighbors. Come and give your input!  Click here for meeting details!

Also, join us Tuesday for our Weekly Neighborhood Walk. A great way to get out and talk to your neighbors.

Finally – mark your calendars and invite your friends. Let’s show off Logan Park!


Outdoor Movie


Saturday, July 30th 9:15pm

Logan Park

690 13th Ave NE


Co-Sponsored by Logan Park Neighborhood Association and Logan Community Center

If it is raining the movie will be cancelled.


Mark your calendar! New events!

Some things happening in the neighborhood:

May 27th – Block Club Training (from the City of Minneapolis) is being offered on at 6:00 p.m. at the 2nd Precinct.  Please call 673-2874 for more information and to register.

June 15 (After dark)– “Goonies” will be playing in Logan Park

(Don’t forget – The St. Anthony East Ice Cream Social June 18th!)

June 22 – Celebrate Northeast Parade (the 81st one!)

If you have events to share with your neighbors, we’d love if you would post a comment!