Project: North Minneapolis Greenway


Location: Irving, Humboldt- Shingle Creek to Bassett Creek

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There is a robust community engagement process around a potential street to greenway concept in North Minneapolis, directed by the North Minneapolis Greenway Council.

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UPDATES

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View from 3400 block of Irving Avenue North, looking south.

It’s been over a month since the grand opening of the Northside Greenway Demonstration segment, on the 3000 – 3500 blocks of Irving Avenue North. As someone who has been volunteering on this proposal since 2008, the event was an exciting milestone. It was also incredibly daunting, because it was the most contentious public event I’ve ever participated in.


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Thanks to Council Member Blong Yang for hosting a listening session on the temporary North Minneapolis Greenway demonstration segment. CM Yang held his event on Monday, August 1, and several neighbors showed up to provide feedback.

Photo by Northside Greenway Council


Temporary North Minneapolis Greenway

This summer, you will be able to experience a temporary "pop-up" demonstration of what the Greenway concept could look like in North Minneapolis.  Starting June 1, a temporary greenway will be installed on the 3000-3500 blocks of Irving Ave N.  Current plans call for the temporary greenway to be in place for a year so the community can assess interest in a permanent greenway.

For more information on the Northside Greenway, check out our blog or go to the City website.

The temporary greenway provides a unique and exciting opportunity to engage the community around the pop up greenway, and what their reactions are to the concept.  There are information sessions, grants for individuals wanting to do engagement, installation activities, and a GRAND opening.  Please read further for more information!

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"Full Greenway" concept rendering


Temporary North Minneapolis Greenway Demonstration

This summer, you will be able to experience a temporary "pop-up" demonstration of what the Greenway concept could look like in North Minneapolis.  

For more information on the Northside Greenway, check out our blog or go to the City website.

With the demonstration being installed this summer, there is a unique and exciting opportunity to engage the community around the pop up greenway, and what their reactions are to the concept.  There are information sessions, grants for individuals wanting to do engagement, and grants for organizations.  Please read further for more information!

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"Full Greenway" concept rendering


NMpls_Greenway.jpgIn 2015, extensive community exploration was completed on the Northside Greenway. An article in the Daily Planet, fully outlines the process and data, but here is a brief summary of the efforts and next steps. All information comes from the Daily Planet article, North Minneapolis Greenway Outreach for Asian Community Members: 2015 Recap.


If you live in North Minneapolis, by now you may have heard people talking about a proposed North-South greenway that would most likely run the length of North Humboldt and/or Irving Avenues between 44th Avenue North and Glenwood Avenue North, eventually connecting with Van White Boulevard.

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This proposal is currently in its third year of outreach in the North Minneapolis community and the City of Minneapolis is now considering bringing a greenway demonstration project to some of the residents on the proposed route so that people can see how a greenway could be used. The demonstration (which could last up to a year) aims to take place on Irving Avenue North between Folwell Park and Jordan Park. It would convert the street to a space for bicycles and pedestrians with low-cost elements that can be installed and removed easily. This demonstration would give you and your neighbors a chance to try it out and see for yourself how a greenway could possibly fit into your community. If the temporary greenway is successful, it may be possible to convert the space to a permanent greenway in the future. 


2014 Outreach Survey Published

The City of Minneapolis Health Department recently released the results of the 2014 North Minneapolis Greenway Outreach Efforts. The goal of the outreach was to see what residents think about converting a low-traffic street into a park-like trail that connects Northside residents to destinations and amenities such as parks, trails and the Mississippi River. Two of the key techniques used for the outreach were door-knocking and an Open Streets event along the proposed corridor.





Do you live in North Minneapolis or Northeast? Would you be more likely to ride your bike in these neighborhoods if there were beautiful greenways?



Please give your input on the 26th Ave. N Greenway in North, and the 18th Ave. NE Greenway in Northeast concepts at the upcoming community forum.



Monday, December 8th, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Minneapolis Park Board Offices: 2117 West River Road



This upcoming forum is crucial for gathering input from neighbors and commuters and bicyclists of all stripes, to ensure that the proposed greenways in North and Northeast serve your needs. This forum is open to the community, so please share this invitation far and wide.



This event is being sponsored by the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership.



Do you live in North Minneapolis? Are you interested in the development of transportation options for North Minneapolis residents?  

Get Involved

The North Minneapolis Bicycle Advocacy Council meets every 2nd Sunday from noon until 1:30 p.m. at North Regional Library (1315 Lowry Ave N. Mpls, MN) to discuss local transportation projects and their potential to help address devastating health disparities, provide more opportunities for safe biking and walking, and increase access to recreation amenities such as community gardens, picnic areas, public art, playgrounds, and bring better park & trail access to North Minneapolis.

Image of what 26th Avenue North Greenway could look like


The time is now to make your voice heard on the proposed North Minneapolis Greenway

Would you like to see additional greenways in Minneapolis? If so, now is a great time to voice your support. The Minneapolis Health Department is wrapping up the current phase of planning for the North Minneapolis Greenway with an online survey that closes this Friday, Feb. 22. The project is still in the early planning stages, and now is an ideal time to provide feedback that will influence the route and design of the project.


The next step in developing a new Greenway for North Minneapolis is the Public Open House on October 16, from 6-8 p.m. at the Folwell Park Building.  This meeting builds on planning and outreach work that Twin Cities Greenways has been doing since 2008, when a group of volunteers began meeting with neighborhood groups to discuss the possibility of a Greenway along a north-south alignment that would link the Grand Rounds near Webber Park to Folwell Park, North Commons Park, and the Van White Memorial Boulevard trails.

Last year, with the support of Transit for Livable Communities, the Community Design Group facilitated a series of ten workshops, which were hosted by a wide variety of North Minneapolis community groups.  Surveys from last year's workshops indicated strong interest in a new Greenway in North Minneapolis.  The focus of the planning meeting this October will be determining which streets should be considered for the Greenway, and gathering feedback on specific design options.

 


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