Northeast Minneapolis happens to be the area in the city where many of the streets are named after United States Presidents so it seems fitting that this neighborhood mark Presidents’ Day in a special way. What better way to commemorate our presidents than with a walk through the neighborhood that marks many of their names? The second annual Presidents’ Day Walk will step off at the Firefighters Hall and Museum, 664 22nd Ave. NE on Saturday, February 13 at 10 a.m.
Participants in the two-mile neighborhood walk will make their way through the neighborhood streets, passing by the different presidents’ names.
A rest stop at Windom Park will provide hot cocoa for all who need it before continuing on to Northeast Middle School, 2955 Hayes NE, for more family activities including a presidential trivia contest, along with a chili lunch ($5.00), Northeast history, and a short program. A free shuttle will bring participants back to the Firefighters Museum.
According to David Warnest, who is assisting with the event, the purpose of a Presidents’ Day walk is, “to bring neighbors together to get to know each other and their neighborhood. The fact that NE has streets named after U.S. presidents makes Presidents’ Day a good day to do this.”
Last year around 85 people attended the even and organizers are hoping for an even bigger turnout this year. Community groups like the NE Urban 4-H Club will be telling walkers a little information about each president; the City’s Bike/Walk Ambassadors will be providing refreshments and support, and the Northeast Royalty will be serving lunch at the school.