Kenwood News


Kenwood Neighborhood News Update September 24, 2015

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 to purchase tickets.

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


In child and adult sizes!

In ANY condition!

Kenwood Elementary School

Shoe Drive Fundraiser

Donate your used athletic shoes (shoe laces tied together)

Collection bins Located at:  Kenwood School lobby and Rec Center lobby

Ending:  Friday, September 25th

Shoes are sent to developing nations, used for disaster relief or recycled for playground materials depending on shoe condition.  We will raise funds for our school based on how many we collect!

See or for more information.

Our goal:  50 bags of shoes (one bag = approx 25 adult shoes).  Soccer cleats, hiking/work boots also accepted.  Sorry, no sandals, pumps, dress shoes.

School fundraiser:

Students can track the shoes and learn about the need for athletic shoes all over the world.

Kenwood Elementary School

2013 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (612) 668-2760



September 29 public forum on funding neighborhood parks is co-sponsored by City Park Alliance and the McKnight Foundation.

Minneapolis’ neighborhood parks are at a critical juncture. Funding reductions have left a multi-million dollar gap in the resources needed to program, operate, repair, and improve these highly used and aging neighborhood parks. Park systems across the country are facing similar issues. But older park systems with aging structures and features, like Minneapolis, may have the most difficult challenge of all.

On Tuesday, September 29 from 6–8:30 pm, join the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board at a public forum to hear how cities with valued park systems have tackled this funding challenge. Panel members include:

·      Thatcher Bailey, Executive Director, Seattle Parks Foundation

·       Joe Wynns, Former Director, Indianapolis Parks and Recreation

·       Warren Jimenez, Assistant Director of Portland Parks and Recreation

·       Liam Kavanaugh, First Deputy Commissioner at New York City Parks and Recreation

Architecture critic Linda Mack will serve as moderator.

Closing the Gap: Insider Insights for Park Funding will be held at the Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis. The event is co-sponsored by City Parks Alliance and The McKnight Foundation.

The forum is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required as space is limited. Attendees should register by noon, September 28 by emailing name and number attending to or calling 612-313-7789.

Over this summer, the Minneapolis Park Board has led dozens of meetings throughout Minneapolis to inform citizens of the state of neighborhood parks. Staff and leadership has also been gathering feedback on what Minneapolis residents want in parks over the next 25 to 30 years through the RecQuest and Service Area Master planning process. Minneapolis citizens are encouraged to share their thoughts and opinions by completing an online survey located at The survey is open through September 30.

For more information about Closing the Gap: Investing in Our Neighborhood Parks, visit To sign up to receive email updates about Closing the Gap, RecQuest or Service Area Master Plans, visit

Contact Robin Smothers, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Phone: 612-230-6410


Learn how to save money and help the environment at the inaugural Minneapolis Energy Fair sponsored by NRG Energy. This family friendly event will feature a variety of presenters highlighting ways to make your home energy efficient with the opportunity to learn more about solar options for your home.

Xcel Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Center for Energy and Environment, and Clean Energy Resource Team representatives will be on site to answer questions and provide information on signing up for money saving programs.

·         Kid’s activities

·         Xcel Energy sponsored free LED lightbulbs

·         Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy sponsored free Home Energy Squad Visits

·         Grand prize giveaway

·         Complimentary continental breakfast

When: Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM (CDT)

 Where: Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Questions? Contact Michael Rainville, 612-767-8074.   For more information:

Meet Minneapolis invite:

CEE EventBrite:

CEE webpage:




The City of Minneapolis is leading an area-wide multimodal transportation study for the West Lake LRT Station area. You are invited to a workshop to help review proposed changes to the area around the planned West Lake LRT Station.

The format will be casual and attendees may come and go as they please. There will be information about the project as well as opportunities to provide feedback on the study results thus far.

The goal of the study is to provide recommendations to address pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and motorized travel within the West Lake Station area, which may become projects that can be implemented as a part of the construction of the Southwest LRT or other future investments in the area.

The City of Minneapolis has been working on this study with Met Council, Hennepin County, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and the City of St Louis Park. The study emphasizes bicycle and pedestrian needs, challenges, and opportunities in the vicinity of the West Lake Station. This workshop is an opportunity for all people in the area to contribute to the study and help shape the way people get around the West Lake area.

Please stop by between 5pm-7pm on October 7th. The workshop will be held in the Centrum room of the Jones-Harrison Residence, 3700 Cedar Lake Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55416

Please feel free to contact me with questions or to provide comments if you are unable to attend the workshop. You may reach me by telephone at (612) 673-3638 or via email at Information regarding the project is also available on the City of Minneapolis website at the following address:

Nathan Koster, AICP, Project Manager, 309 2nd Avenue S – Rm 300, Minneapolis, MN 55401




Renewing Member        New Member



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


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Kenwood News and Update

Kenwood Neighbors,

The following is a news and meetings update for Kenwood Isles residents.  Feel free to forward this to your neighbors.

On behalf of the KIAA Board of Directors, by Jean Deatrick

Kenwood Neighborhood News Update September 13, 2015

 Kenwood Isles Area Association Monthly Board of Directors Meeting September 14, 2015

7:00 – 8:30

 7:00          Welcome         Approval of the Agenda                                                 Jeanette Colby

7:05          Update               Uptown Neighborhoods Working Group                  Josine Peters

7:10          Update               Kenwood Rain Gardens Project                                  Angie Erdrich

7:15        Update                Overview of proposed changes to bylaws and articles Ed Pluimer

7:20       Update               Financial Report Brief overview of committed/past spending Ed Pluimer

7:30          Discussion        Kenwood Rec Center – equipment needs                   Marc Holtey

 7:40          Update                  Hidden Beach Update

  • § Report from Chief Ohotto
  • § Permit Parking Discussion on Next Door
  • § Upcoming committee meeting

Matt Spies

MPRB Police Chief Jason Ohotto

7:55          Update                  beARTrageous

  • § Possible 2016 Hidden Beach activities
  • § Thrill Kenwood 2015

Amada Vallone

8:00          Presentation      MPRB Ice Rink Warming Huts Project       Cliff Swenson, MPRB

8:10          Update, Discussion SWLRT

  • § City Council Meeting September 15
  • § Meeting with HC Commissioner Marion Greene – regular or special KIAA meeting?

Jeanette Colby Shawn Smith

8:20          Discussion        New Business: Hennepin Lake Community Wine

Tasting Fundraiser, October 28, 6-9 p.m.

Jeanette Colby

8:25                              Other New Business

8:30                              Adjourn


Kenwood Neighborhood News Update August 26, 2015

Kenwood Neighbors,

The following is a news and meetings update for Kenwood Isles residents.  Feel free to forward this to your neighbors.

On behalf of the KIAA Board of Directors, by Jean Deatrick

For those not on the Hidden Beach committee list — good news!  See below.

Hello Everyone:

It’s hard to believe that school is back in session!  I thought this would be a good opportunity to provide a quick update, from the Park Police perspective, on East Cedar Beach.

From May 1, 2014 to August 25, 2014, there were 113 police reports written at East Cedar Beach.  During the same time frame this year, 56 reports have been written.  That is slightly more than a 50% reduction!  Using KIAA funds, Park Police have, so far, deployed about 100 extra hours of police patrols at the beach this summer.  In addition, we continue to schedule on-duty park patrol agents between 3pm – 11pm daily.

As the school year begins, it’s important to stay vigilant.  Kids will reconnect with friends and there will likely be some weekend parties.  Please call 911 at the first signs of any late night activity.

Finally, thanks to you all for your commitment and partnership in making East Cedar Beach a more welcoming place.  Positive activities make all the difference.

Warm regards,

Chief Jason Ohotto


Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

2117 West River Road N | Minneapolis, MN 55411 | 612-230-6564 |


Notice of Public Hearing – Thursday, August  27 at 6 p.m.

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners and the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority, together with the Metropolitan Council, will hold a joint public hearing about the Southwest light rail transit (Green Line Extension) project at the Minneapolis Central Library in downtown Minneapolis.

The purpose of the hearing is to receive comments on the physical design component of the revised Southwest LRT preliminary design plans. All interested persons are encouraged to attend and offer comments.


Thursday, August 27, 2015
Hearing at 6 p.m., with an open house at 5 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, Pohlad Hall (2nd floor)
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Get more information on this joint hearing, as well as upcoming hearings for cities along the proposed Southwest LRT route (Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins, St. Louis Park and Minneapolis) on the Metropolitan Council’s public hearings page.

Get more information on the municipal consent process and other ways to provide your comments



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Kenwood News: Resolution

Approved January 5, 2015; posted July 28, 2015

Resolution to Recommend Review of Metropolitan Council’s Policy Regarding Project Administration and Accountability to Property Owners

Whereas, It has come to the attention of the Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) that a number of homeowners in the Cedar-Isles-Dean neighborhood apparently suffered damage to their properties as a result of the Metropolitan Council’s Cedar-Lakes Sewer Improvement Project (MCES Project No. 804122), and

WHEREAS, Neither the Metropolitan Council’s contractor nor the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services have taken responsibility or satisfactorily addressed CIDNA homeowners’ documented property damage claims, and

Whereas, This lack of accountability leads to legitimate concerns about this and all other projects the Metropolitan Council administers, especially the construction and operation of the proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT), and

Whereas, This dereliction of responsibility with regard to property damage will potentially affect all properties – public, park or private property alike – along the 16-mile proposed SWLRT route.

THEREFORe Be it resolved, That the KIAA Board of Directors urgently requests that the Metropolitan Council review its policies for resolving property damage disputes resulting from its construction projects and its role in administering projects;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That based on this review and before construction begins on the SWLRT, the KIAA Board of Directors urges the Metropolitan Council to put clear and reasonable processes in place to resolve damage disputes and fairly compensate property owners who experience damage as a result of Metropolitan Council projects.

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Kenwood News

Kenwood Neighbors,

The following is a news and meetings update for Kenwood Isles residents.  Feel free to forward this to your neighbors.

On behalf of the KIAA Board of Directors, by Jean Deatrick

Kenwood Neighborhood News Update July 6, 2015

Kenwood Isles Area Association Board Meeting July 6 at 7 p.m.

All residents are welcome at the KIAA Board Meeting at the Kenwood Recreation Center.  The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and adjourn at 8:30 p.m.


KIAA Board Meeting Agenda

July 6, 2015


7:00    Welcome       Nomination of Matt Spies to KIAA Board             Jeanette Colby


7:05    Update           City of Minneapolis                                                             Lisa Goodman


7:20    Update           Financial Report                                                      Ed Pluimer


7:25    Update           CPP Report                                                               Mike Bono


7:30    Discussion    Dinkytown Historic Commercial Preservation                Jeanette Colby

7:35    Update           Uptown Neighborhoods Working Group             Josine Peters


7:40    Update           Kenwood Raingardens Project                             Angie Erdrich


7:45    Update           Hidden Beach                                                          Matt Spies


8:00    Discussion    SWLRT Supplmentary Draft Environmental       Shawn Smith

Impact Statement Response


8:30    Adjourn



 Open Swims at Cedar Lake!

Here is the Registration Link:

The YWCA is bringing open water swimming to Cedar Lake this summer! Join us every Wednesday this summer and enjoy swimming in the beautiful Cedar Lake. The Open Water Swim at Cedar Lake starts July 8 between 5-7 pm and will run all summer long.

This is open to YWCA members and nonmembers. Register and sign a waiver online ahead of time.  Cost is $30 for the whole season. Swims begin and end at Cedar Lake East Beach (Hidden Beach). We will staff a lifeguard on shore, where you will check in and be issued required caps to identify you as part of our group.  No one will be allowed in the water before 5pm and all swimmers must be back on the beach by 7pm.  Note: This is for experienced swimmers with confidence swimming in open water. Not suitable for beginner swimmers.  Email for more info.




First phase residents: sign up for organics recycling by July 10 to get your new cart in August

More than 29,500 households have already signed up

Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling customers who live in the first-phase rollout areas can still sign up by July 10 to get green carts during the August rollout. (For future deliveries, people can sign up any time.)

More than 29,500 households have already signed up


Here are five good reasons for people to sign up:

  1. To reduce waste. More than a third of our trash is organic material that can be composted. Most families can divert up to 10 pounds of materials to organics recycling each week.
  2. To help create more compost. Things like meat, bones, dairy products and compostable plastics can’t go in a backyard composting bin, but they can be collected through organics recycling and turned into compost.
  3. To save money. Once you start producing less trash, you may be able to switch to a smaller garbage cart, which will cut $3 off your monthly bill.
  4. To be a part of the sustainability trend. More than 29,500 households have already signed up to participate.
  5. To help improve soil quality. Using compost returns nutrients to the soil, reduces erosion, and reduces the needs for watering and for chemical fertilizers.


Minneapolis recycling customers can learn more about organics recycling at

Any Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling customer can request a cart by emailing – make sure to include your address – or call 612-673-2917.

Minneapolis residents, you can recycle organics. Find out how to sign up and keep more things out of your trash. Contact: Casper Hill, 612-673-2342


 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 this list, please contact me at or just reply to this note.  Please provide your name, email address, phone number, and home address



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Kenwood News

Kenwood Neighbors,

The following is a news update for Kenwood Isles residents.  Feel free to forward this to your neighbors.

Kenwood Event Update

Movie in Kenwood Park:  “We Bought a Zoo”! 

Saturday, June 27

Showtime: 15 minutes after sunset


Bring your family, friends, and neighbors!

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Kenwood Annual Neighborhood Gathering May 4, 6 pm

Kenwood Neighborhood News Update April 30, 2015

Annual Neighborhood Gathering May 4, 6 pm

Kenwood Isles Area Association Annual Neighborhood Gathering and FREE PIZZA on Monday, May 4, at 6 p.m.

Meet your friends and neighbors outside the downtown Kenwood businesses on West 21st Street. Enjoy delicious hand-crafted pizza made on-site by Red Wagon Pizza Company in their mobile truck with a wood-fire fueled oven.  The event will also feature wonderful arts and crafts for children at BeARTrageous.

    6:00:  Socialize and have pizza

     6:30:  Welcome and Review/Preview of KIAA, Larry Moran, Chair

     Q and A & Election of KIAA Board for 2015-2016

     Free will donations accepted for the Bridge for Youth    

        *The Bockley Gallery will serve as a rain location.

      Last year’s gathering was a huge success: thank you to our neighborhood businesses Bockley Gallery and BeARTrageous for their help again this year.

      Please raise your hand at the gathering to join the friendly, active KIAA Board! It is a wonderful way to learn what is happening in the City and in our neighborhood.



 The Kenwood Carnival is Saturday, May 16th, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Prizes, Fun, Food, Fabulous, Rain or Shine!



David C. Smith

Arts and Parks: Culture and Beauty on the Frontier Saturday, May 9, 11 AM

Pillsbury Auditorium

It is no surprise that the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts and the Minneapolis Board of Park Commissioners were created the same year— 1883—as some of the same energetic and visionary people were behind both organizations. William Watts Folwell and Charles M. Loring, the two most influential park commissioners in the park board’s groundbreaking first couple of decades, were also, respectively, president and vice-president of the Society of Fine Arts. Arts and parks were deemed equally important building blocks of a progressive and prosperous city, which helps explain why the MIA was built in a park and funded partly through the park board’s taxing authority. These mutual goals would prompt many other park advocates and patrons of the arts to combine forces, including folks with the familiar names of Pillsbury, Gale, Morrison, and Bradstreet.  David C. Smith, a Minneapolis writer, will explore the connections between arts and parks in Minneapolis history in surprising detail. Smith, the author of City of Parks: The Story of Minneapolis Parks, writes about local history at

1914 Annual Report Board of Park Commissioners cover $10; $5 MIA members; free for Library Affinity Group members. To register, call (612)

870-6323 or reserve online at


Second Annual Kenwood Elementary Benefit Rummage Sale Saturday, June 20, 2015, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Kenwood Recreation Center

     In 2014, school parents and neighbors donated generously to earn over $1000 for the Principal’s Fund at Kenwood School. All unsold items were donated to organizations such as a charity that teaches kids to fix bikes, Steeple People, and Goodwill. Donations and set up: drop off Friday before sale at Kenwood Rec Center, 2-6 p.m. Please contact Angie Erdrich with questions. Angie is looking for help with set up and hauling unsold items to charities at the end of the sale.



Public Art Permits

The 2015 Instructions and Timelines for Public Art Permits, Artist-Designed Utility Boxes and Paint the Pavement Projects are now on the City’s website at

 For the most part, the instructions and forms are the same as last year. Everything has been shortened up a bit, and there are lots of examples of works by the neighborhoods and other groups who have been leading the way in this work.  Encourage people to apply early in the season!



Kenwood School

From Cindy White from Kenwood

THANK YOU! Friends, Families and Neighbors of Kenwood School. We are amazed and humbled by the support this community has shown our school! Together, we did it! We saved the SMARTS+Arts programming that makes Kenwood the unique and great school that it is for all kids! In just 5 days, we exceeded our goal of $35,680 and raised just over $50,000! Because of your generosity we been able to fund the following budget items for next year:
• Art for all students
• Choir for 3rd, 4th & 5th graders
• Band for 4th & 5th graders
• Restored the one Associate Educator position
• Restored the Family Liaison position
• Restored the artists residencies in full for all students
• Replenished the Fund-a-Need program.





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Kenwood News and Meetings Update

Kenwood Isles Area Association January Board Meeting Monday March 2, 7pm. 

All residents are welcome at the KIAA Board Meeting at the Kenwood Recreation Center.  The meeting will begin at 7pm and adjourn at 8:30 pm.

KIAA Board Meeting Agenda

March 2015

7:00                            Welcome and Introductions             Larry Moran


7:05                            City Council Update                                      Larry Moran


7:10                            Hidden Beach Update                                  Chief Ohotto, Matt Spies

7:40                            SWLRT Discussion

*106 Review Topics                                     Kathy Low

*CAC Meeting Summary                             Larry Moran


8:30                            Adjourn



 Earth Day Cleanup

Be a part of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s 21st Earth Day Cleanup Event on April 25th, 2015 from 9:30 am – noon! MPRB and City staff are looking for volunteers for various environmental education activities. Some of the activities include: a garbage, recycling and organics sorting game, making recycled arts and crafts, and assisting participants in making non-toxic cleaners. With over 35 parks hosting cleanup events this year, there’s bound to be a convenient volunteer location near you! Contact Aubrey Fonfara to sign up at or 612-673-2737.


You can find more information about the Earth Day event and volunteer opportunities here:



Free training helps small business growth- SBA Emerging Leaders

Owners and managers of established Minneapolis businesses looking to build on their company’s success are encouraged to take part in a free Emerging Leaders training program offered by the Minneapolis office of the federal Small Business Administration. Applications are due by March 6.

The Emerging Leaders initiative helps small businesses reach the next level of growth and success, becoming stronger self-sustaining employers. Participants will learn practical skills and ideas from peers and local experts. In addition to new expertise, strong relationships and a better understanding of resources available, small business owners taking part will walk away with a tangible three-year business growth plan.

This training is open to owners of small businesses with annual revenues between $400,000 and $10 million. This is not for new start-ups; businesses have to have been around for at least three years. This program is considered to be a mini-MBA type of training with the case study being the owner’s business.

Thirteen classes will begin in April and run through early November. Space is limited to one C-level executive per business. There is no cost for the training, but participants should anticipate committing to 100 hours of combined classroom, homework and peer-to-peer mentoring. A complete list of past Minneapolis businesses that have participated, the application form and Q&A can be found here

To learn more about the initiative and request an application, contact Nancy Libersky at or 612-370-2324.




Help keep local rivers and lakes clean with your own raingarden

Learn how at 2015 spring workshops hosted by Metro Blooms workshops across metro.

Help keep our lakes and rivers clean while creating a beautiful and bee/butterfly-friendly habitat in your yard! This workshop, Raingardens and Beyond: Clean Water, Healthy Habitats from Metro Blooms will first give you an overview of raingardens and native plants. Then, you’ll receive recommendations for your property with one-on-one assistance from Metro Blooms.


February-June 2015
8 Twin Cities metro locations, with more to come!
Visit or call 651-699-2426 Cost: $15*



*You can also mail your registration and $15 payment to Raingarden Workshop Registration, P.O. Box 17099, Minneapolis, MN 55417. Enclose a check, payable to Metro Blooms, and include the workshop location, your name, address, zip code, phone number and your email address.

Register now. Some locations fill up fast. The $15 workshops will be offered February through June:

What is a raingarden?

A raingarden is a shallow depression in the ground that is designed to capture rainwater and allow it to soak into the ground within 48 hours. Raingardens are best designed with plants that are well adapted to the unique conditions of the garden and your region (such as local native plants).

Fast Facts about runoff and native plants:

  • Every time it rains one inch, an average urban residential property sheds about 5,400 gallons of stormwater runoff.
  • The EPA defines stormwater runoff as the number one threat to water quality in our lakes and streams.

As pollinators around the country experience threats from loss of habitat and pesticides they are unable to sustain the native plants that filter stormwater, hold soil in place, and keep our waterways clean. In a healthy forest, only about 10 percent of the rain that falls each year leaves the forest as surface runoff. In a developed urban area, more than 50 percent runs off, carrying pollution to our local water bodies.


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Kenwood News and Meetings Update

Kenwood Neighborhood News Update February 2, 2015

 Kenwood Isles Area Association February Board Meeting Monday February 2, 7 pm.  All residents are welcome at the KIAA Board Meeting at the Kenwood Recreation Center.  The meeting will begin at 7 pm and adjourn at 8:30 pm.  Agenda items include   Update from Council Member Lisa Goodman; Section 106/SWLRT discussion; Hidden Beach topics (permanent head of subcommittee, contracting with MPRB Police for patrols).


Southwest LRT Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting.

The newly reconstituted Southwest LRT Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

will take place February 12 from 6 pm to7:30 pm at Beth El Synagogue, 5224 W 26th Street, St. Louis Park, MN 55416.  This first meeting will consist of introductions of members, a 2015 look ahead and scheduling of future meetings.  All CAC meetings are open to the public, although only members can speak or vote.  If you have questions, please contact Sam O’Connell, Public Involvement Manager, at


Healthy Communities Transformation Initiative

You are invited to attend a presentation and discussion about the new Healthy Communities Transformation Initiative (HCTI) website being launched for Minneapolis. Examples of uses include strategic planning and policy development, civic engagement and performance monitoring.


To inform neighborhood and community organizations about the HCTI website. Experts from Healthy Housing Solutions Inc. in Washington D.C. will attend and be available to answer questions about the pilot project and to discuss opportunities to obtain limited technical assistance for organizations who are interested in using the index and website in their work.

When and Where

Tuesday February 24, between 6:30pm and 8:00pm

Crown Roller Mill, Conference Room C-03

105 5th Avenue South,

Minneapolis, MN 55401


Email before Friday February 13th if you will be attending as space is limited.


Additional Presentations may be scheduled for late February depending on interest.


Next Lunch with Lisa will take place on February 25, 2015 at St. Thomas downtown.  Come early to get your seat and lunch.  Discussion starts promptly at noon. 



Renewing Member

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Kenwood News and Meeting Update January 17, 2015

Community Update on SWLRT: 

What 2015 Holds

Kenwood Rec Center Gym
2101 West Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis,MN 

Wednesday, January 21st, 6-8 PM

This event is hosted by Hennepin County District 3 Commissioner Marion Greene and co-sponsored by the Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association (CIDNA), the Cedar Lake Park Association (CLPA) and the Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA). In response to feedback from these neighborhood groups, the meeting will offer presentations by the County and Southwest Light Rail Project Office, rather than an open house, with ample time for questions and answers. It has also been requested that the staff identify future opportunities for meaningful community input into the planning process. Commissioner Greene and other presenters will begin at 6 pm and answer questions afterwards, starting sometime between 7 and 7:30. Questions may be submitted to Marion Green in advance or asked at the meeting.

Commissioner Greene states: “All are welcome; we anticipate this meeting being of greatest interest to people who live in the area of the West Lake, 21st Street, or Kenwood side of the Penn Avenue Stations, who want to know how the project will move forward in 2015, and ways to get involved.”


How should the City of Minneapolis gauge its success?


The City of Minneapolis has launched a project soliciting public input on how the City can know it is achieving its goals.  For example, what does “Living Well” (one of the five City goals) mean to those who live, work, and play in Minneapolis?  Does it mean connected neighborhoods?  Access to amenities? Safe streets?

Through the project, the City is looking for input from the community to help define what success looks like.  through community outreach and online engagement, the City wants to hear from folks on what Minneapolis looks like when the City achieves its goals.

Folks are encouraged to share their thoughts using an online engagement tool ( now until Feb. 6 and encourage others in Minneapolis to also weigh in with their feedback.  Because the online engagement tool uses crowdsourcing technology, the information within the tool will update in real time to display the changing input and ideas of its users.  Log in often to submit new ideas and vote on new information!  It’s quick and easy to participate, and you can spend as much or as little time within the tool as you want.

The City is using tailored engagement strategies to ensure it gets a variety of perspectives from a wide range of communities including cultural communities, GLBTQA, seniors, youth, and City employees.  The community will have opportunities to provide input through community listening sessions and paper surveys in addition to the online engagement tool.

Once the engagement period closes, City staff will develop measures for the most popular themes within each City goal.  Thank you for participating in this important project.



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Kenwood News and Update

Kenwood Neighborhood News Update January 3, 2015

Kenwood Isles Area Association January Board Meeting Monday January 5, 7pm. 

All residents are welcome at the KIAA Board Meeting at the Kenwood Recreation Center.  The meeting will begin at 7pm and adjourn at 8:30 pm.

 KIAA Board Meeting Agenda

January 2015

7:00                            Welcome and Introductions             Larry Moran

7:05                            City Council Update                                      Lisa Goodman

7:30                            LRT Issues: Resolution on Damage           Kathy Low

Disputes, Extending Contract with Consultant, CAC

8:00                            Hidden Beach Update                                  Larry Moran

8:30                            Adjourn


SWLRT Neighborhood Update — January 21st, Kenwood Rec Center, time TBA

Together with CIDNA and the Cedar Lake Park Association, KIAA is planning a meeting to update neighbors on the proposed SWLRT.  Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene and her assistant, Ray Hoover, are helping to coordinate it.  The agenda has not been finalized, but we have requested that it include an update on station design, traffic, and noise mitigation, bridge design, and the Supplementary DEIS.  We have also asked that there be ample time for questions and answers.  The neighborhoods plan to provide attendees an opportunity to give KIAA and CIDNA written comments, which we will need when asked to give neighborhood input as the process continues


During its January 7 Board Meeting, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will consider and take action on two resolutions related to the Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) project and the MPRB’s fundamental role and responsibility to protect and preserve parkland within the Minneapolis park system.

One resolution authorizes additional engineering services related to the feasibility and prudence of Kenilworth Channel crossing alternatives. In December 2014, the MPRB hired Brierley Associates to determine if a tunnel under the Kenilworth Channel is a feasible and prudent alternative that would minimize the harm to the park, recreation areas, and historic sites, to the proposed SWLRT alignment. As stewards of all park assets, the Park Board has determined that it and other decision-makers do not yet have sufficient information on all corridor options to determine what option would be the least impactful to the affected parkland.

The second resolution approves a letter requesting a MPRB meeting with the Federal Transit Administration to present information it feels is essential to the determination of feasible and prudent alternatives to the SWLRT Project crossing of the Kenilworth Channel and ensure the SWLRT Project adopts the least overall harm alternative in order to protect Minneapolis’ parks, recreation areas, and historic sites.

Since 2012, the MPRB has consistently and regularly communicated, through public Board actions, its support of light rail transit and its position regarding the SWLRT options as they impact parkland. These actions are available online at then select “Southwest Light Rail.”

The MPRB has been proactive and transparent in articulating its position and concerns. The MPRB has not deterred the project or the project timeline. The MPRB has worked, and continues to work, diligently to stay within the project timelines.


KIAA and Metro Blooms were happy with immediate response to the 2015 Neighborhood of Raingardens opportunity (see details below).  Based on the quick response, KIAA is seeking funding for up to 20 raingardens.  There are already 18 neighbors interested.  If you would like to claim one of the two remaining slots or be added to the waiting list for 2016, please contact Laura Hurley at Metro looms or 218-230-4376

Neighborhood of Raingardens Program Offered for Kenwood Property Owners.  

Want to do your part to improve the watershed that feeds our precious lakes?  Raingardens are one of the most effective ways to help the lakes as a property owner.  Raingardens are beautiful landscaping features that protect water quality and provide habitat for pollinators. They use native plants and allow stormwater runoff to filter through the soil instead of flowing into storm drains and directly into our lakes and rivers. Here is your chance to get a $2000 raingarden (up to 150 square feet) for about $350-500.

In 2015, Metro Blooms,  the Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) are teaming up to remove obstacles by lowering the cost and doing the most difficult job of all, excavating and hauling away dirt.  Have you ever tried to dispose of dirt yourself?  Not an easy task.

We are seeking homeowners who wish to install raingardens. Homeowners will receive an onsite consultation and a raingarden design from Metro Blooms. The neighborhood association grant and Metro Blooms sources will provide the majority of the funding, so the property owner will receive a raingarden design and installation (including labor, hauling away soil, mulch, compost, plants) for approximately $350 for up to a 150 square foot garden. Value is as high as $2000 depending on the source of private labor.

Interested property owners can contact Laura Hurley at Metro Blooms or 218-230-4376 to put your name on the list for an onsite consultation (grant funding permitting) with a landscape designer during Spring of 2015. Simply mention the KIAA project when you call. You’re urged to register as soon as possible as consultations will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis. The consultation includes identifying runoff conditions on your property, taking measurements, determining the appropriate size for your raingarden, and selecting plants. Metro Blooms will keep a waiting list. The raingardens will be constructed by Metro Blooms and the labor will come from the Conservation Corps of Minnesota during Summer and Fall of 2015.

Metro Blooms and the Conservation Corps of Minnesota, will excavate the raingardens and add the compost and mulch. Metro Blooms will order the plants and provide instructions. Property owners WILL BE responsible for planting their raingarden. Metro Blooms will also provide supplemental information and follow-up related to the maintenance of the new raingardens.

For more information on this project please contact or 218-230-4376 or visit the Metro Blooms website,, and click on “Our Projects”
KIAA representative contact is Angela Erdrich


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