Kenwood Neighborhood News Update May 3, 2014
Kenwood Isles Area Association and Neighborhood Annual Gathering May 5 at 6pm.
Join us and meet your friends and neighbors at Bockley Gallery, corner of Penn and West 21st Street. Enjoy pizza from the Red Wagon Pizza Company and arts and crafts for children at beARTrageous.
KIAA Annual Gathering and Board Meeting Agenda May 5, 2014
6:00 Socialize and have pizza. All
6:30 Welcome and Introductions Larry Moran
6:35 American Planning Association Award
6:50 Review/Preview of KIAA Activities Larry Moran
7:00 Board Elections Larry Moran
7:10 Q and A All
More Kenwood News
KIAA members have been actively inviting the neighborhood to join Nextdoor Kenwood. This is a useful online forum for spreading information about SWLRT, posting information about neighborhood events, finding lost pets, and getting recommendations for babysitters and roofers! Nextdoor Kenwood was started by a Penn Ave neighbor in July, 2013. Members must have a verifiable physical address to join. Thus far, 170 neighbors have joined which represents 139/626 possible Kenwood households. Follow this link to join: https://kenwoodhennepin.nextdoor.com/news_feed/ or speak with Jeanette or Angie at the upcoming annual gathering.
The Kenwood Elementary School Green Team is hosting a community rummage sale on Saturday, June 14 in the gym of the Kenwood Rec Center from 9-2 PM. Concessions and coffee/drinks also for sale.
This would be a good day to put on a garage sale of your own! All proceeds to benefit Kenwood Elementary School. If you would like to donate items for the sale, please drop them off on Friday June 13 at the Rec Center during set up from 4-6 PM. Contact Angie Erdrich for more information at email@example.com.
Kenwood to Receive Top 10 Great Neighborhood Designation from American Planning Association
On Monday, May 5 during the Annual KIAA Annual meeting, City of Minneapolis Director of Long Range Planning Kjersti Monson will present Minneapolis Council Member Lisa Goodman and Board and members of KIAA with the American Planning Association (APA) plaque designating the Kenwood neighborhood as one of the top 10 Greatest Neighborhoods in the United States in 2013 under the organization’s Great Places in America program.
“It’s an honor to have the Kenwood neighborhood recognized as one of the greatest neighborhoods in the country,” said Council Member Lisa Goodman of Ward 7. “Now many more people will know what we do, that Minneapolis neighborhoods like Kenwood are clean, green, and safe, and filled with families who appreciate urban living.”
Each year during National Community Planning Month, APA’s Great Places in America program names 30 exemplary neighborhoods, streets and public spaces to highlight the role planning and planners play in adding value to communities, including fostering economic growth and jobs.
APA singled out Kenwood for its well-preserved architecture, natural attributes, amenities, and engaged residents. Its location – just two miles from downtown Minneapolis and somewhat off the beaten path – stunning homes and lake views combine to make Kenwood one of the city’s most sought-after neighborhoods.
“This early streetcar suburb has evolved into one of Minneapolis’ premier neighborhoods through a combination of planning, community investment, and engaged residents,” said APA Chief Executive Officer Paul Farmer, FAICP. “For more than 120 years – from Frank Peavey’s donation of a fountain for Kenwood Parkway to the neighborhood association’s current efforts to ensure that a proposed transit station fits with Kenwood’s park-like setting – residents have been instrumental in determining and protecting their neighborhood’s character,” added Farmer, a former director of the Minneapolis Planning Department.
Reminiscent of a sleepy rural hamlet but with decidedly more urbane architecture and scenic vistas, Kenwood’s sloping terrain offers impressive views of the surrounding lakes and downtown Minneapolis. Kenwood Parkway, a central link in the city’s boulevard system was designed by H.W.S. Cleveland. Spectacular, well-preserved architecture – much from the early 20th century – defines the neighborhood along with its tree-lined sidewalks and curvilinear streets.
Neighborhood icons include Peavey Fountain (1891), “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” house (Victorian, 1892) and Kenwood Water Tower (Gothic Revival, 1910). Resident involvement has retained Kenwood Park’s mostly natural setting, prevented conversion of the water tower into condominiums, and secured design modifications to proposed Southwest Transitway light rail station to be located in the neighborhood.
Minneapolis to host discussion May 7
The City of Minneapolis and regional partners will be hosting an audience-interactive panel discussion featuring renowned urbanist Gil Penalosa about placemaking and the future of the downtown Minneapolis public realm on Wednesday, May 7 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. at the Brave New Workshop. For the last eight years, Mr. Penalosa has served as the Executive Director 8-80 Cities, a Canadian nonprofit dedicated to contributing to the transformation of cities into places where people can walk, bike, access public transportation and visit vibrant parks and public places.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Brave New Workshop, 824 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis. The event is free and open to all, but limited seating is available. call or email Tina Beech at 612.673.3242 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, May 6 at 11:00 a.m.
Fifth Precinct Open House May 13
All are invited to the 5th Precinct Open House to be held on Tuesday, May 13 from 5 to 7 pm at 3101 Nicollet Ave. Learn about the Minneapolis Police Department and enjoy free fun, food, and entertainment.
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Open House May 14
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, along with the Minneapolis Department of Public Works, invites you to an informational open house regarding the renovation of Cedar Lake Parkway from 394 to Burnham Rd. to be completed in the summer of 2014.The current parkway surface has deteriorated and is beyond a serviceable condition.
At the open house staff will discuss the project schedule, and present preliminary property assessment mapping. Please tell your neighbors and plan on attending!
When: May 14th from 6:30-8:00pm
Where: Kenwood Community Center, 2101 Franklin Ave. W, Minneapolis, MN 55405
For project information visit www.minneapolisparks.org/currentprojects. For parkway closure information, visit www.minneapolisparks.org then follow the Quick Link for Temporary Road Closures.
Southwest LRT (METRO Green Line Extension): Extending Tracks Spring 2014
Preliminary design plan review underway. Public comment and approval process in May and June. http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNORGMETC/bulletins/b497ac
People for Parks Park Survey
Trails? Edible gardens? More trees? Picnic tables? Concrete ping pong tables? What do YOU want to see in our parks? Take the People for Parks survey! People for Parks is a grass roots non-profit supported by donors and dedicated to enhancing Minneapolis parks. After taking this short survey, PLEASE SHARE the link via facebook and twitter! http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/parks2014
Shakespeare in the Park, Theatre Pro Rata Performance: Twelfth Night Performance Dates: Friday, June 20 – 6:30-8 PM and Saturday, June 21 – 6:30-8 PM, Site: Kenwood Park, Admission: FREE
A Free Movie in Kenwood Park, Sandlot, will play Thursday night, June 26 around 9:15pm across from the Recreation Center on Field #2.
Lunch with Lisa
Join Council Member Lisa Goodman for lunch and conversation on May 21, 2014 at noon at the University of St. Thomas downtown, Room 201 Opus Hall. $10 Lunch is offered.