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Minneapolis should rethink the Above the Falls master plan

It is hard to overstate the importance of the Mississippi River in the urban form of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Once a source of energy and an important transport route, the river’s main value now is environmental and aesthetic. With the imminent closing of the Upper locks and the Upper Harbor Terminal–basically the Port of Minneapolis– the city has an incredible opportunity to redevelop 43 acres of riverfront land. More land will be available in the future, and the city has an extensive plan–the Above the Falls Master Plan–for developing the riverfront upriver from the Saint Anthony lock and dam.

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Van Cleve Park may get $300K for fix-ups

(Photo by Cora Nelson) A child sits on a toy bike at Van Cleve Park on Oct. 30, 2014. The park board superintendent’s proposed budget allocates about $300,000 to the park in 2020 to help improve its facilities.

A breezy fall day had Megan Swenson strolling through the Southeast Como neighborhood’s Van Cleve Park with her dog, enjoying the green space and playground.

She was surprised to learn that the recreation space may not be the same in a few years.

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OPINION | Swede Hollow Park – commuter rail?

The cartoon above, by local artists Diane and Michael May, depicts what could happen if the Rush Line is allowed to be built through Swede Hollow Park.

Friends of Swede Hollow is working on a campaign to keep commuter rail out of Swede Hollow Park. One of the proposed light rail routes for the Rush Line corridor (a transit line from Forest Lake to Union Depot in downtown St. Paul) would pass through Swede Hollow Park. Friends of Swede Hollow does not oppose the Rush Line or light rail, but strongly oppose the proposed route through Swede Hollow. There are other ways for the Rush Line to get to Union Depot.

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Corcoran Park news

Do you have a talent or skill you’re willing to show and tell in the neighborhood? Do you have five or more people you know that would sign up to take a class of yours? Corcoran Park is ALWAYS interested in more programming from Corcoran residents. Call or stop by if you or someone you know may have a programming idea.

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Como Park bridge project underway

(Photo courtesy of the City of St. Paul) The pedestrian bridge will be restored to its Classic Revival architectural style.

After several delays, work has begun on the footbridge project near the Historic Streetcar Station in Como Park.

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Kids weigh in on Bethune Park renovation plans

Groups of kids gathered around an exhibit to choose what examples of potential playground equipment they would most like to see in their park.

Rust adorns the frames of the rapidly aging playground sets standing in North Minneapolis’s Bethune Park, the once brightly-painted metal jungle gyms and swing sets now faded by decades of steady use. Likewise, the nearby sun-bleached concrete wading pool stands empty for the season.

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This urban neighborhood park sits adjacent to Bethune Community Elementary School (PK-5) on 12.2 acres of land overlooking an incredible view of downtown Minneapolis.

1301 10th Ave. N
Minneapolis, MN 55411
(612) 370-4951

Minneapolis Park Board, along with City, addresses inequities

(Photo by Charles Hallman) (l-r) Tom Godfrey, Michelle Kellogg and Cordell Wiseman

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges since her election nearly a year ago has made racial equity a cornerstone of her administration. The City Council earlier this summer approved her agenda, calling for all city departments to reduce racial disparities. Does this also include the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB), which historically has struggled with diversity issues both internally and externally?

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Report calls for more public space along Green Line

(Photo by Bruce Johansen)

The opening of the Green Line light rail has environmental advocates and others evaluating the University of Minnesota’s amount of green space.

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Thoughts on Target Field Station

With the emerging debacle of The Yard prominent in the press (Strib and blogosphere), it is natural to overlook the fact that downtown Minneapolis just opened a brand new public space. It is called Target Field Station (formerly The Interchange), and despite Tom Fisher’s review on MinnPost, people actually use it and it is pretty nice. So considering downtown Minneapolis, with its skyway system, failed parks over the years, largely treeless sidewalks, and overall general inability to produce a good downtown park or public space, Target Field Station is a huge victory for the city. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Target Field Station shouldn’t win any awards (although it probably will) but we’ll take it because it does decidedly improve the public realm downtown. But the real litmus test of the success of Target Field Station will be how people use it over the years, so let’s capture an early snapshot.

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