SW Minneapolis Parks
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is creating a new master plan for all neighborhood parks south of I-394 and west of I-35W. The Southwest Service Area Master Plan (SW Parks Plan for short) will consider how parks are designed, operated, maintained, and improved. It will include concept plans for all exterior facilities (ballfields, playgrounds, etc.) for each neighborhood park, but does not include regional parks such as the Chain of Lakes.
See a map of the parks included in this project.
Update: February 1, 2019
You can see the concept designs for all of the SW Minneapolis parks at this link.
For more information, visit the project website at minneapolisparks.org/sw.
ECCO Traffic Survey
Let your voice be heard. Take the ECCO Traffic Survey. Increased density and changes to Hennepin Ave are expected to impact traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian, throughout ECCO. Please take a 5-10 minutes to share your comments and suggestions via the ECCO Traffic Survey. We'd love to hear from everyone! This survey will be open until June 4, 2018.
Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction Project
Update: April 13, 2018
The City of Minneapolis is planning two pre-construction meetings for the Hennepin Ave Reconstruction project.
Tuesday, April 17, 7:30-8:00 p.m.
Bryant Square Park, 3101 Bryant Ave S
Monday, April 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave S
The Department of Public Works will address any questions that you may have about the project.
See the complete meeting notice.
Go to the project website for more information and to sign up for project email updates.
Update: March 15, 2018
The Hennepin Ave Reconstruction Project has been approved by the Minneapolis City Council.
The City has published a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the project scheduled for construction during spring/summer of 2018.
Key points from the FAQ:
Construction is expected to begin in May.
Lyndale Ave will be the official detour, but traffic is expected to increase on most neighborhood streets.
Stage 1 construction will be on the 3000 block of Hennepin and will continue for 6-8 weeks. Buses will be detoured. Southbound buses will turn off Hennepin at Lagoon, turn on Irving to 31st St., and then head back to Hennepin. Northbound buses will turn on 31st Street, head to Dupont Ave, and take Lagoon back to Hennepin.
Stage 2 is the 31st to 36th Street section and is expected to be mostly complete by October. For this phase, buses will detour to Girard heading southbound and Fremont heading northbound. Parking will be removed at corners to facilitate bus loading, and it may need to be removed completely on one side of the street if buses get delayed.
Update: February 19, 2018
Upcoming public meetings will be held for the Hennepin Ave Reconstruction project.
Two pre-assessment public meetings will be held.
The main purpose of the meetings is to discuss assessments, including how they are calculated, when they will start to be collected and how they are collected.
The same information will be presented at both meetings.
Wednesday, February 21, 6:00 p.m.
Bryant Square Park, 3101 Bryant Ave S
Thursday,, February 229:30 a.m.
Walker Library, Calhoun Meeting Room, 2880 Hennepin Ave S
A public hearing will be held during the Transportation and Public Works Committee of the Minneapolis City Council.
The City will hold a public hearing to consider the project, assessments, and the abandonment and removal of areaways in conflict with the project.
Tuesday, F, ebruary 27, 10:00 a.m.
City Hall, Room 317, 350 S 5th St
The committee will consider all oral and written statements about the project. If you are unable to attend the hearing, you may submit written comments in sufficient time for it to arrive prior to the public hearing to Minneapolis City Clerk, c/o T&PW Committee Coordinator, 350 5th St, Room 304, Minneapolis, MN 55415.
Updated: April 13, 2017
Hennepin Ave (from Lake St to 36th St) is scheduled to be reconstructed in 2018. The project will include improvements to the roadway, sidewalk, and utilities.
Minneapolis Public Works will hold an information meeting to present the recommended concept for the street and discuss next steps for the project.
The meeting will consist of a presentation format, rather than the open house format of the two previous meetings.
Thursday, April 27, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Bryant Square Park, 3101 Bryant Ave S
If you cannot attend the April 27 meeting, all materials presented will be posted on the project website following the meeting.
The scope of the project will encompass the entire right-of-way and include full removal of the existing street, subgrade correction, new pavement, curb and gutter, driveways, sidewalk as needed, streetscape elements as needed, utility work as needed, pavement markings, signals, and signage. The project limits are shown on the attached map, with construction proposed to begin in 2018.
Two project open house meetings were held in January and March of 2017.
Calhoun/Harriet Master Plan
Updated: April 13, 2017
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is holding a public hearing for Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Master Plan set for April 19.
Wednesday, April 19
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board headquarters, 2117 West River Road
Any interested community members are invited to attend and comment on the Master Plan, which creates a 25-year vision for Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska, Lake Harriet, and surrounding parkland within Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Regional Park.
The Master Plan is the result of nearly two years of community-based planning and design.
For more information, go to the Master Plan project webpage.
To meet funding deadlines, a set of short-term, high-priority improvements identified by the Master Plan's Community Advisory Committee will begin in Summer/Fall 2017. Check out the Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Trail and Access Improvements project page for more details on that work.
Comments will be taken into consideration by the Board of Commissioners when considering approval after a public hearing on the plan.
Once approved by the Board of Commissioners, the plan will be submitted to the Metropolitan Council for review and adoption. Future funding of capital improvements at the two lakes and surrounding parkland is contingent upon a Met Council adopted master plan.
The first round of improvements identified in the plan will begin in spring 2017.
Deb Bartels, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
East Calhoun in Hennepin County Library Digital Collection
In 2007, ECCO donated its collection of photographs taken for use in ECCO News and East Calhoun News between 1976-1986 to Hennepin County Library Special Collections. In addition to showcasing many East Calhoun area homes, people and street scenes, the photograph collection captures the area’s struggle with environmental hazards and commercialization, annual neighborhood activities like the Super Sale and Labor Day picnic, and small businesses.
These photographs are now available to the public online in Hennepin County Library’s new digital collections. Visit digitalcollections.hclib.org to view them all. Or, visit Hennepin County Library Special Collections on the 4th floor of the Minneapolis Central Library to see a display of original ECCO News photographs and papers on view through April 2017. Additional historical information is available here.
More information about ECCO can be found in the East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO) News Collection (M/A 2000.123.01-10) and in issues of ECCO News and East Calhoun News, both held in Hennepin County Library Special Collections.
Increased Airplane Traffic over Uptown?
March 2014 update
The Federal Aviation Administration announced they will not implement RNAV for any departing flights from MSP at this time.
No timeline was provided but the FAA committed to a robust outreach program to affected communities prior to implementation.
The FAA will, however, move forward with the (non-controversial) approved RNAV arrival procedures on a timeline still to be determined. The arrival flight paths will not change with the new technology.
For more information, go to the Metropolitan Airports Commission website.
February 2014 update
You may not be aware that the Federal Aviation Administration is proposing implementation of a new navigation system to the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport called Performance Based Navigation/Required Navigation (PBN/RNAV). It will radically increase air traffic over Lake Calhoun and our East Calhoun businesses and homes as well as those of many of our neighbors. The proposed shift in flight patterns will condense 30 flight paths into 7 air superhighways, most of which will run directly over the heart of Southwest Minneapolis. Plane arrivals and departures over East Calhoun could go from 20-30 flights per day to 135 flights per day.
We urge you to become informed of these proposed changes and how they will impact the livability of your neighborhood, lakes and parks. Below are links with additional information and ways to let your opinion be heard. Please read and respond quickly.
Log on to the FairSkies coalition and watch the short video to learn of the potentially severe effects of this proposed change. www.mspfairskies.com
Please write or call your federal and state legislators, your City Council Member and your Metropolitan Airport Commission Representative. We’ve included a sample letter (see below) from which you can write your letter. The list of our representatives can be found on the Government Leaders webpage.
Sign the petition at www.mspfairskies.com/make-your-voice-heard/.
Additional information can also be found on the South Metro Airport Action Council website: www.quiettheskies.org.
East Calhoun Community Organization Board
My name is _____________. I’m a resident of ____________ in Minneapolis. I am troubled by the PBN/RNAV proposed changes to the flight patterns into and from Minneapolis-St. Paul airport that will radically increase noise and environmental damage to my neighborhood, and to the Minneapolis lakes and parks beloved by so many. I implore you to listen to my concern. Please work with my neighborhood organization to find a way to balance the growth of the airport with the livability of our neighborhoods and the viability of the Minneapolis parks system.
(Your name/ contact information)