Near North and Willard-Hay are richly diverse, predominantly residential neighborhoods with active residents, acres of beautiful parkland, and easy access to growing retail opportunities along West Broadway Avenue-the Main Street of North Minneapolis. Here you can find historic homes in the Old Highland community-- a 30-square block area known for its large, Victorian Queen Anne "painted ladies" that were built between 1875-1899 (see photos at:http://www.oldhighland.org) and in the Homewood community--one of the city's first planned developments built between 1900-1925. Near North is also home to Lyn-Park-a subdivision with suburban-style homes and cul-de-sacs built in the 1970s. Residents enjoy countless recreational opportunities at more than half-dozen parks, beautiful vistas of the Mississippi from West River Road, many neighborhood schools, and easy access to downtown Minneapolis.
Estes Peace Park-designed by students from neighborhood schools, this small park has flowerbeds, flowering trees, and open play area for children with water fountain. It is located at the intersection of Plymouth and Humboldt Avenues N.
Farwell Park-a neighborhood park with picnic tables, a playground, and community bulletin board.
Hall Park-features a tot lot, wading pool, paths and a basket ball court.
Lovell Square-a small neighborhood park with a tot lot and picnic benches located at 1000 James Avenue N.
The Northside Residents Redevelopment Council is the official neighborhood organization for both the Near North and Willard-Hay neighborhoods (and the smaller neighborhoods located within their boundaries.)
North: West Broadway Avenue South: Olson Memorial Highway East: Irving, James, Knox, and Penn Avenues N West: Theodore Wirth Park/Xerxes Avenue N
Homewood neighborhood, part of Willard-Hay with boundaries:
North: Plymouth Avenue N South: Oak Park East: Penn Avenue N West: Theodore Wirth Park