Welcome

Welcome to the Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) website. Kenwood is a neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota, just southwest of the downtown area. Please scroll down for postings of news for our neighborhood.

You are invited to attend our monthly KIAA Board meetings, which are generally held on the first Monday of the month from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Kenwood Recreation Center, 2101 W. Franklin Ave. If the first Monday of the month is a holiday, then we meet on the second Monday. 2017 meetings will be held on January 9, February 6, March 6, April 3, May 1, and June 5.

If you wish to be added to the list of Kenwood residents receiving future copies of Kenwood neighborhood news or if you want to be removed from that list, please contact Jean Deatrick at KIAA55405@gmail.com. Please provide your name, email address, and home address.

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Kenwood News

Kenwood Isles Area Association

Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

February 6, 2017

7:00 – 8:30

 

 7:00        Welcome                                                                                Jeanette Colby

                Approval of the Agenda

 

 7:05        City of Minneapolis Update —        Council Member Lisa Goodman                                                                      Discussion of Parking in Downtown Kenwood

 

7:30      MPRB Police Chief Jason Ohotto                                          Jason Ohotto

                Recommendations for Summer 2017

 

7:50        Lake of the Isles Skating Party — February 12             Jeanette Colby

 

 7:52        Financial Report                                                                       Matt Spies

 

 7:55        Letter of concern over 3020 Calhoun Parkway         Jeanette Colby

 

 8:00        Annual Gathering                                                                  Angie Erdrich                                

8:05        Kenwood School contribution request                           Angie Erdrich

 

 8:10        SWLRT Update                                                                        Shawn Smith

                                                                                                                         Jeanette Colby

               

8:25        New Business

 

 8:30        Adjourn 

 

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Kenwood News

The Lake of the Isles Skating Party has been
RESCHEDULED to February 12th

Due to inclement weather and poor ice conditions.
The annual Lake Of The Isles Skating Party will take place on 
Sunday, February 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy skating* and socializing with friends and neighbors!
Get warm by the fire and enjoy hot cocoa, coffee, and goodies.
Sponsored by Cedar-Isles-Dean, East Isles, Kenwood Isles & Lowry Hill Neighborhood Associations.

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Kenwood News

 

 

Kenwood Neighborhood News

 

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District seeks comments and questions

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) oversees construction permitting within its boundaries. The Metropolitan Council has applied for a permit for the SWLRT Project, a proposed $1.85 billion 14.5-mile light rail transit line from Eden Prairie to downtown Minneapolis.

 

Within the MCWD, the SWLRT project involves approximately five miles of freight rail, light rail, and paved trail construction, the construction of six LRT stations, and the redevelopment of three park-and-ride lots. The Project crosses Minnehaha Creek and the channel between Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles.  It triggers five MCWD rules: Erosion Control, Stormwater Management, Waterbody Crossings and Structures, Floodplain Alteration, and Shoreline and Streambank Stabilization.

Please submit comments or questions about the permit application at:  http://www.minnehahacreek.org/permit-16-221-metro-green-line-lrt-extension-comment-notice-period.

The permit application, including all comments received, will be presented to the MCWD Board of Managers for consideration at the February 23rd Board Meeting. The meeting will be held at 6:45 PM at the MCWD offices located at 15320 Minnetonka Boulevard, Minnetonka, MN 55345. The comment period will end on February 3rd, 2017.

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Kenwood-Isles Area Association

2017–2019 Neighborhood Priorities Plan Survey

At the end of 2016, the Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) surveyed the neighborhood to help identify neighborhood priorities for 2017-2019. We publicized the opportunity to participate widely, and received 125 responses.  We greatly appreciate those who took the time to respond.

For the survey, the all-volunteer KIAA board identified 12 possible priorities, and respondents were asked to rate these on a scale from one to five (one being not at all important, five being very important). They were also asked about problems, issues, and opportunities for the neighborhood.  Here is what you told us:

1.  Addressing SWLRT impacts

Addressing the impacts of Southwest LRT, if it is built, was by far the neighborhood’s highest priority, with 80% of respondents saying they consider it “very important.”  The average rating for this priority was 4.54.  Examples of neighbors’ elaboration on the issue include:

“SWLRT is a huge issue and one that we need to assure has the least possible impact as far as noise, etc., both during construction and once running.  Assuring the SWLRT takes every step to reduce their noise (no bells and horns, etc.) and that the area is built out to mitigate noise (berms, natural and built structures, etc.) will be critical.

2.  Protecting our Lakes

“Promoting landscaping that protects our lakes,” with an average rating of 4.22, was considered the second highest priority.  About 53% of respondents ranked it as “5 – Very important.”

“As a neighborhood of lakes, proactively promote protecting the environment, in particular water quality in the lakes.”

3.  Policing East Cedar Beach

Items relating to East Cedar Beach (Hidden Beach) were also deemed important, though not quite rising to the level of the first two issues.  This may reflect the success of recent KIAA initiatives; serious problems have declined significantly over the past two years, so ECB issues may seem less urgent.  “Additional police patrols” at ECB ranked as the third top priority at 3.79, “capital improvements” at ECB averaged 3.38, and “sports and youth arts programming” at ECB averaged 3.32.

 

“Hidden beach continues to be an issue.  I like the approaches that have been started and hope they continue.”

4.  Supporting Kenwood Recreation Center

At an average rating of 3.64, supporting Kenwood Recreation/Community Center programming comes in just below policing East Cedar Beach.  Related to this, capital improvements at Kenwood Park are also seen as somewhat important with an average rating of 3.35.

5.  Sponsoring neighborhood events; supporting Kenwood School

These two categories round out the top priorities, both with an average rating of 3.34.

Addressing parking congestion in Downtown Kenwood, creating “public art installations” and “expanding Nice Ride bike share in the neighborhood” all ranked at 3.0 (somewhat important) or below.

Open-Ended Questions

Respondents offered many unique issues and suggestions. KIAA will refer a number of these to the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.  Some of the responses can be grouped into categories for consideration:

Traffic

Several neighbors identified the need for traffic calming (in both streets and alleys), traffic enforcement, and signage.  Some specified specific problematic areas and offered suggestions.

Crime and Safety

A number of people expressed concern about crime, primarily garage and car burglaries.  There is a perception that the problem is increasing or that the neighborhood is being targeted.

Street Lighting

Several respondents noted that streets seem very dark, and that improved lighting would be a positive addition to Kenwood.

Community Gathering Space

While Downtown Kenwood is thriving, many respondents lamented the lack of a casual gathering space where neighbors could get together.

Community Events

A number of people suggested events that could improve Kenwood’s livability and vitality, such as winter activities, meet-ups for families with young kids, neighborhood clubs, and coordinating National Night Out.

KIAA will submit our “Neighborhood Priorities Plan” to the City of Minneapolis in support of our Community Participation Plan.  We hope to receive $15,000 annually during 2017-2019 through the Neighborhood and Community Relations department to support local efforts.

The KIAA board thanks our neighbors for your thoughtful responses and ideas.  We welcome any Kenwood resident who would like to help work on any of these issues.  Please feel free to contact KIAA chair Jeanette Colby at jmcolby@earthlink.net or any other board member, or come to our regular meetings held on the first Monday of most every month at the Kenwood Rec Center, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

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Kenwood News Update

Kenwood News June 8, 2016

Jim Gilroy who served on the KIAA board of directors died this spring.  To honor him, a Jim Gilroy Memorial Bench will be placed on Lake of the Isles.  The site has been reserved at West 21st Street near Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church.

Checks should be written out to ”Minneapolis Finance Department”, Memo:  

  Jim Gilroy Bench.  Receipt will be from the Minneapolis Parks. 

  Checks may be mailed directly to: MPRB Memorials & Tributes Program 

  (Attn:  Sue McGrath) 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55411.

 

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                June 10-12 Kenwood Neighborhood Rummage Festival

Plan your own rummage sale or donate goods to the Kenwood School Benefit 

 Rummage Sale!  Location: Kenwood Recreation Center. 

Drop off donations: June 10, 4-6 pm. Sale: June 11, 9-2 pm. 

 100% of proceeds will benefit Kenwood Elementary School. Volunteers welcome and needed to haul goods to charity directly following the sale.             

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 Summer Solstice Potluck Party June 20th, 6:30-8:30 pm

 Bring a dish down to East Cedar Beach (Hidden Beach) and celebrate the

 longest day of the year at your community beach with family, friends, and 

 neighbors.  ARTrageous Adventures will provide henna, face painting, and   

  a fun Creation Station for families.

  Participate in a fun Cedar Beach scavenger hunt too!

  Sponsored by KIAA.  In case of rain, the event will be canceled.

 

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Kenwood News

Kenwood Isles Area Association

Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

June 6, 2016

7:00 – 8:30

 

7:00 WelcomeApproval of the Agenda Jeanette Colby
7:05 Introduction of board members All
7:10 Council Member Lisa Goodman – Updates and discussion Lisa Goodman
7:30 Election of Officers

  • Resolution to transfer check writing authority to new treasurer
  • Recognition of Ed Pluimer
All
7:35 Financial Report Matt Spies
7:40 Memorial Bench for Jim Gilroy

  • Contributions from the community through KIAA
  • KIAA contribution – discussion and vote
Angie Erdrich
7:45 East Cedar Beach Committee report

  • Artrageous Adventures
  • Pop Up Adventure Playground
Matt SpiesAmanda Vallone
8:00 SWLRT

  • Community Advisory Committee update
  • Project Office presentation to the neighborhood?
  • Lakes and Parks Alliance
  • FEIS Response – discussion and vote
Jody StrakoschShawn SmithJeanette Colby
8:15 Kenwood Restaurant parking – signage Jeanette Colby
8:25 New Business

  • Recognition of Angie Erdrich’s completion of Kenwood School rain garden
  • Louise Erdrich – space in Downtown Kenwood
All
8:30 Adjourn

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The Driveway Tour is coming to East Cedar Beach (Hidden Beach)!

Saturday, June 4th at 2:45pm

Since 2003, the Open Eye Figure Theater has been performing puppet shows throughout the Twin Cities, brining communities together with original family-friendly theatre.

Bring a picnic and celebrate the beginning of summer with the Driveway Tour at East Cedar Beach (Hidden Beach).

Molly and the Magic Boot

Molly gets to spend a whole week at her Grandma’s farm, but you won’t believe what happens when she goes to pick flowers for the Hootenanny!

Free and open to all, sponsored by the Kenwood Isles Area Association. Kenwood Rec Center if it rains.

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Kenwood Neighborhood News Update

Kenwood Isles Area Association

Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

February 1, 2016

7:00 – 8:30

 

7:00 Welcome

Approval of the Agenda

Jeanette Colby
7:05 Council Member Lisa Goodman – Updates, and discussion of name for proposed SWLRT station Lisa Goodman
7:20 MPRB Chief Ohotto – Recommendations for 2016 East Cedar Beach funding Jason Ohotto
7:30 Financial Report Ed Pluimer
7:35 Thrill Kenwood Video

Rock Kenwood – Dance Party Feb. 27th

Amanda Vallone
7:40 East Cedar Beach Committee report Matt Spies

Amanda Vallone

8:00 SWLRT

Updates from the Community Advisory Committee

Responses from legislators

Discussion/vote on FTA engagement

Reminder – Marion Greene “Community Update” Feb. 2

Jody Strakosch

Shawn Smith

 

8:25 New Business All
8:30 Adjourn  

If you wish to be added to the list of Kenwood residents receiving future copies of Kenwood neighborhood news orif you want to be removed from this list, please reply to this note at KIAA55405@gmail.com  and provide your name, email address, phone number, and home address.

2016 KIAA MEMBERSHIP

Renewing Member          New Member

Name                                                                                                                                                 

 

Address

Phone

Email

You do not have to contribute to be a member. Contributions are welcome however. If you wish to contribute, please send your tax-deductible check to: KIAA, P.O. Box 3660, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

 

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Kenwood Neighborhood News Update

Kenwood Isles Area Association

Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

February 1, 2016

7:00 – 8:30

 

7:00 Welcome

Approval of the Agenda

Jeanette Colby
7:05 Council Member Lisa Goodman – Updates, and discussion of name for proposed SWLRT station Lisa Goodman
7:20 MPRB Chief Ohotto – Recommendations for 2016 East Cedar Beach funding Jason Ohotto
7:30 Financial Report Ed Pluimer
7:35 Thrill Kenwood Video

Rock Kenwood – Dance Party Feb. 27th

Amanda Vallone
7:40 East Cedar Beach Committee report Matt Spies

Amanda Vallone

8:00 SWLRT

Updates from the Community Advisory Committee

Responses from legislators

Discussion/vote on FTA engagement

Reminder – Marion Greene “Community Update” Feb. 2

Jody Strakosch

Shawn Smith

 

8:25 New Business All
8:30 Adjourn  
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Kenwood News

Kenwood News January 23, 2016

In July, 2013, KIAA advanced a position statement opposing “co-location” of freight rail and SWLRT.  We continue to maintain that position, as this routing decision adds enormously to project costs without evidence that it can preserve the environment, protect quality of life, and create a safe and equitable mode of transit.

Since then, the KIAA board and other Kenwood residents have engaged with planners through public processes such as environmental review, Section 106 historical review, and the Community Advisory Committee.  In this spirit, we pass along the information below.

SWLRT Community Update

On Tuesday, February 2, Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene will host a community update on SWLRT, “to discuss project goals and opportunities for community input in 2016.”  SWLRT Project Office staff will be joined by staff from the City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County. Please come with your questions and concerns. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1917 Logan Avenue South, February 2nd 6:00 to 7:00 PM

 Proposed SWLRT Station Names

It seems like putting the cart before the horse, but the Met Council is considering different names for the proposed 21st Street station and the proposed Penn Ave station.  For Penn, they’re proposing “Bryn Mawr station.”  For 21st Street, they are proposing “Kenwood station” or “Cedar Lake station.”  If you would like to weigh in or propose a different name, please contact any KIAA Board member or KIAA at your earliest convenience.

KIAA Chair Jeanette Colby: jmcolby@earthlink.net; KIAA55405@gmail.com

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Kenwood Neighborhood News Update October 17, 2015

NEXT SATURDAY IS THRILL KENWOOD!

Thrill Kenwood takes place this coming weekend, next Saturday, October 24, from 3-6pm with the Thriller dance at 5pm.  

Back for a 7th year, Thrill Kenwood will kick off your Halloween week, giving lakes area residents young and old the chance to participate in the world-wide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller right in the heart of downtown Kenwood. This year the event partners up with Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Center for a fun family Halloween Block Party with lots of hands-on activities and spooky surprises.

Sponsored by beARTrageous, with support from the Kenwood Isles Area Association, and the Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association and local businesses, Thrill Kenwood is the ultimate Halloween-Style Block Party. Put on your best Halloween costume, zombies preferred, and join friends and neighbors for an afternoon of fun.

Proceeds will benefit local non-profit, The Bridge for Youth, an emergency shelter for 10-17 year old youth.

Activities include hands on halloween fun, a Creation Station and Zombie Make Over Station hosted by ARTrageous, The Big Epic Show, cookies & hot cider brought to you by The Kenwood Restaurant, and Spooky storytelling hosted by Birchbark Books. You may also catch a glimpse of some amazing performing strollers to entertain you on the corner of Penn & 21st.

The highlight of the festival is a flash mob dance performance performed on the Kenwood School playground. Need to learn the dance steps? Kenwood Rec Center is offering three different opportunities. Bring your friends and family to free classes at Kenwood Rec Center on Tuesday, October 20th from 6:30-8pm and Friday, October 23 from 7-8:30pm.

 

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 31st  Hennepin Lake Community Wine Tasting Fund Raiser

Wednesday October 28, 2015 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

$25.00 advance / $35.00 at the door

Join your neighbors at the 31st Hennepin-Lake Community Wine Tasting fundraiser on Wednesday, October 28th at Calhoun Square! Guests will be able to sample over 400 varieties of wines along with light appetizers by renowned Chef Todd McDonald of Parella Restaurant.

All proceeds benefit neighborhood organizations in the Uptown area. Tickets are $25 in advance, and sales by KIAA will go to positive programming initiatives at East Cedar Beach.  We helped make real change at the beach this year — let’s keep the momentum going!   Contact Jeanette Colby at jmcolby@earthlink.net to purchase tickets.

Many thanks to generous sponsors Parella, Calhoun Square, Great Clips, and Hennepin Lake Liquor.

2015 KIAA MEMBERSHIP

Renewing Member      New Member

Name                                                                                                                                                 

Address

Phone E-mail

You do not have to contribute to be a member. Contributions are welcome however. If you wish to contribute, please send your tax-deductible check to: KIAA, P.O. Box 3660, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

Are You Interested in Joining the KIAA Board?  Or a Committee?     NRP     Communications Crime and Safety                           Zoning            LRT

Questions to kiaa55405@gmail.com

 

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