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Archive for December, 2010

MPRB Seeks Public Input on Lake Harriet Area Playground Improvements

As you may be aware, the playground areas at William Berry Park (north of the Bandshell) and Beard’s Plaisance are scheduled for reconstruction in mid-2011.  As part of our process for engaging the surrounding community for this project, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board would like to hear your ideas about preferred modes of play and suggested improvements for these two locations.
Please take a few moments to share your thoughts through our online survey:
You are also invited to join us at the remaining public meetings as scheduled:
            Tuesday, January 11
            Tuesday, January 25
            Tuesday, February 8
            Linden Hills Recreation Center, 3100 43rd St. West, Minneapolis
            6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Project staff will be at the Lake Harriet Kite Festival on January 8, 12- 4 pm (north side of Lake Harriet).  Look for the MPRB tent to learn more about this exciting project!
Comments can be sent via email to:  You may visit the MPRB website or call our main number for more project information.

Categories: Parks, Things To Do

Learn How to Reduce Your Utility Bills. Attend a FREE Energy Workshop!

Fulton homeowners can still take advantage of Fulton’s low interest energy efficiency loans.  A good first step is to attend a Community Energy Services workshop.  Community Energy Services, a one-stop residential energy program, is helping homes start saving before these upcoming winter months.  Fulton homeowners are invited to attend a FREE educational workshop:

Thurs., Jan. 6, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church
5011 31st Ave S


Sat., Jan. 8, 2011, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Hale Community School
1220 54th St E


Thurs., Jan. 13, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Matthews Park Recreation Center
2318 29th Ave S

To reserve your spot at the workshop or for more workshop dates contact Ashley Robertson at 612-335-5869 or  Childcare will be provided at both workshops.

Participants of Community Energy Services are eligible to receive a customized home energy visit which includes diagnostic tests as well as installation of energy and money saving materials, energy tracking and feedback and access to specialized rebates.  Up to $400 in services and materials for a co-pay of only $30!

For more information visit  For more information about Fulton energy efficiency loans visit /get-involved/housing-zoning/.

Community Energy Services is a partnership with the Fulton Neighborhood Association, Center for Energy and Environment, City of Minneapolis, CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy with funding provided by the MN Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

Categories: Housing, Things To Do

Linden Hills Park Tennis Court Fundraiser Begins

An all-volunteer, grassroots fundraising campaign has begun to rebuild the tennis courts at Linden Hills Park.  The courts have deteriorated and must be replaced.  They are used by the Southwest Tennis Teams, SWAC, Inner City Tennis and the neighbors-young and old. 

To donate, visit  To learn more, visit us on Facebook: Linden Hills Tennis Courts or contact Denise Griep 612-929-0539,

Categories: Parks, Things To Do

Pershing Park December Update

Winter Programs
Space is available in winter programs.  Check online for program availability at or call Pershing Park at 612-370-4928. 

Recreation Plus+
Space is available in Recreation Plus+.  The program is a recreation based before-school and after-school childcare program for youth ages 6-12.  Please contact Jake Urick, Lead Childcare Worker at 612-370-4928, if you are interested in the program.

“Feeding the Dream” Community Food Drive
The MPRB is collecting food city-wide until January 17.  Support those in need during the holiday season and drop off non-perishable food items at Pershing Park.  Join us at the conclusion of the Food Drive on Monday, January 17 at ML King Park as we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. with a program beginning at 6 p.m.  For more information on the Food Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, visit

The Pershing Park Building will be closed the following dates: 
Mon., Dec. 20 through Sun., Jan. 2.

Categories: Parks, Things To Do

Minneapolis Public Schools to host Annual Pre-K through 8 School Information Fair

What:  Pre-K – 8 School Information Fair
When:  Saturday, January 8, 2011 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where:  Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

The School Information Fair is an important first step in choosing the right school for students.  Families can learn about the school options available in their attendance zone and citywide.  Families with children entering pre-kindergarten, kindergarten or moving on to middle school for the 2011-2012 school year are strongly encouraged to attend. 

Childcare will be available. Parking is available at the Loring parking ramp and will be validated for up to 2 hours.

Categories: Community Engagement, News

Ice Safety Tips from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District

This time of year we are all eager to get out and start our favorite winter sport. Some of those activities are on the lake, but just because the lake is white, doesn’t mean it can hold your weight.

Here is a reminder of ice safety tips to ensure you have a safe and fun winter!

  • Ice is never completely safe. Never go onto the ice alone.
  • Keep your pets on a leash when on the ice. Don’t attempt to rescue pets; if the ice is probably not strong enough to hold you. Go for help instead.
  • Beware of ice covered with snow Snow can hide cracks, weak ice, and open ice.
  • Ice thickness varies on the same waterbody. Currents below the water, water depth, and a host of other factors, keep ice from freezing at a uniform rate.
  • If your companion falls through the ice, throw something to them – like a rope, tree branch or jumper cables from your car. If this does not work, call for help.
  • If you fall in, try not to panic. Turn toward the direction you came from. Place your hands and arms on the unbroken surface and kick your feet to work yourself forward. If you are able to get back on the ice, remain lying down to distribute your weight and roll away from the hole. Crawl back from where you came.
  • New ice is safer than old ice – as the season progresses, conditions can change rapidly.
Categories: Safety

Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board will be appointing three community members to the newly restructured Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee (MBAC).  If you are interested in serving on this committee and having a voice regarding bicycling in Minneapolis, you are encouraged to fill out an application. Visit the MPRB website for more information and a link to the application.

Applications will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Wed.,  Dec. 22. Appointments will be made before the first meeting scheduled on Wed., Jan. 5. from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Categories: News, Things To Do

Brides of 50th & France

 The 50th & France Association is excited to launch year two of the Brides of 50th and France Program for 2011.

The program includes the following:
•”I Do” card, an exclusive rewards card for brides-to-be
•Featured businesses of the month, each month we will highlight a wedding related category and businesses participating will offer savings or tips and trends
•Two new events in 2011

For more information on the program or the Twin Cities bridal destination, please visit and click the “brides” tab.

Categories: News

Minneapolis Announces Winter Parking Restrictions

To ensure that fire trucks and other emergency vehicles can continue to navigate Minneapolis neighborhoods, Winter Parking Restrictions will go into effect Friday in Minneapolis.

Beginning Friday, December 17, 2010 at 8:00 a.m., Do Not Park on the EVEN numbered side of non-Snow Emergency Routes until April 1, unless conditions allow the City to lift the ban earlier. Streets designated as parkways and Snow Emergency Routes are not affected by Winter Parking Restrictions and vehicles can park on both sides of these streets unless otherwise posted.

Winter parking restrictions are being put in place because Minneapolis has had so much snow that streets cannot by plowed wide enough to allow access for emergency vehicles.  That poses a risk to public safety.

Vehicles that are parked in violation of the parking restrictions are subject to a ticket and tow.

For more information visit the City’s snow information website, or call the Snow Emergency Hotline: 612-348-SNOW (7669).

Categories: News