Serious discussion on a new Webber Library underway, public meetings set for April 15, May 10

Plans to build a new Webber Park Library are moving ahead and it couldn’t be too soon. There was a celebration for the opening of the temporary Webber Library on Lyndale and 42nd on March 11, and the old library is scheduled to be torn down in April. In a show of good faith to move this project forward Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins and county staff from library and property services held a meeting at Folwell Park on Saturday March 8. It was the first of a series of meetings intended to collect information regarding our community’s needs in a library.


City to redefine Mississippi area, 5.5-mile stretch of riverfront will be home to 'a park for all of Minneapolis'

SCAPE Landscape Architecture designs new Mississippi waterfront parks. (Photo courtesy of SCAPE Landscape Architecture)

The Mississippi River defines the Twin Cities, winding alongside downtown Minneapolis and cutting through the University of Minnesota campus.


Annie Young's life story like a history of the civil rights movement

(Photo courtesy Annie Young)

After a lifetime of community organizing, Annie Young said it’s time she slowed down. A little bit.


Minneapolis should get out of the golf game

Golf is a game. It’s entertainment. “It’s a good walk spoiled,” Mark Twain said, apocryphally. Could government provide a service that’s less essential? It’s hard to imagine.


New fields, artificial turf planned at "NSP Park"

Jason Aune of LHB, Andrea Weber of Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Shari Seymour of Concerned Citizens of Marshall Terrace. (Photo by Gail Olson)

Northeast might get its first softball field with artificial turf this summer, if the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s plan for NSP Park goes through.


The Yard, part five: Unanswered questions loom

Some huge questions about The Yard remain unanswered (the latest stadium legal challenge notwithstanding). The Park Committee met on January 9 to begin fleshing out a vision for The Yard. The committee has made a good start by identifying prioritization of year-round activities (note, activities year round is different than year-round activities – a skating rink, for example is seasonal), the idea that active uses attract passive, and balancing daily uses with major events. This is all well and good, but I can’t help but think that now more than ever is the time to engage more professional assistance in thinking about this vision – I’m looking at you, PPS! (Actually, I’m looking at you, Park Committee, to commit some funds to pay for this.) Project for Public Spaces (PPS) has done this numerous times across the country. They could be of tremendous assistance.


Plan for Minneapolis' Central Riverfront development: Boom Island next

SRF consultants have pointed out the expanse of parking on Nicollet Island visible from the Hennepin Bridge. De La Salle’s parking lot is on the other side. They’ve offered various ways to look at re-organizing the island. (Graphics from a recent SRF presentation)

Nicollet Island has some great features that aren’t connected well, are hidden, or don’t feel welcoming, consultants working on a Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park Master plan have concluded.


Ryan development for five blocks near Vikings stadium wins final City okay, two thousand construction jobs coming with project

Artist’s sketch of Ryan Companies’ $400 million, five-block redevelopment plan: a park bordered by housing and offices linking the Vikings stadium and the downtown core.

The Minneapolis City Council voted final approval December 13 for a sweeping redevelopment plan proposed by Ryan Companies that would cover five city blocks and link the new Vikings football stadium with the downtown core.


The Yard part four: A vision for an active urban park

The Yard must be an active urban space, regardless of design. During the Park Committee meeting last week, co-chairs David Wilson and Tom Fisher went around the room asking people about their favorite park. Examples given included Hyde Park in London, the High Line in New York and Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. The most common attribute given, and a common denominator, was because these parks were “active.” That said, as the Park Committee moves at lightning speed to come up with a vision and begin fundraising for The Yard, it seems reasonable that the vision be more rooted in how it is used more than what it looks like.

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