MPRB Announces Public Learning Sessions to Discuss Park Safety and Policing

Sessions scheduled Oct. 1 at Phillips Community Center and Oct. 2 at North Commons Recreation Center

Please join the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) as it listens, learns, acknowledges, educates and gathers public input on the desired level of Park Police service needed to serve the community.

The MPRB is committed to providing safe places for children and adults to gather and play. Since the July 10 incident at Minnehaha Falls, there has been an internal work group comprised of the superintendent, commissioners, staff and consultants who have discussing short- and long-term strategies related to safety and park policing.

In mid-September, the MPRB started a series of Listening Sessions with a focus group of community leaders and sessions for youth. The MPRB encourages the public to attend one of the two community sessions scheduled in early October. Interpreters, children’s activities, light food and refreshments will be provided at each session.

  • October 1, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Phillips Community Center, 2323 11th Ave S
  • October 2, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, North Commons Recreation Center, 1801 James Ave

Accessibility and Interpretation

Somali, Hmong and Latinx interpreters will be at the Oct. 1 and 2 Learning Sessions. For reasonable modification because of a disability or other language interpretation, please contact the MPRB Community Outreach Department in advance of the listening session so arrangements can be made prior to the meeting. Contact Radious Guess at (612) 230-6419, rguess@minneapolisparks.org or use the Minnesota Relay System at 711. Providing at least 72 hours notice will help to ensure availability.

English Listening Sessions Flyer                  Hmong Listening Sessions Flyer
Spanish Listening Sessions Flyer                 Somali Listening Sessions Flyer


Park Safety Initiatives

The MPRB is committed to working with the community to identify ways to improve park safety. Findings from these Learning Sessions will be reported to the Board of Commissioners and shared with the community before the end of the year. They will also inform recommendations for a Park Police Service Level Plan that will be drafted in 2019.

Other initiatives being developed related to park safety and park policing include expanded youth programming, formation of a Park Police Advisory Council, and development of legislative agenda language to build awareness and strengthen laws and/or penalties related to reporting inaccurate information to law enforcement. All these strategies will include community engagement and discussions. The strategies are being approached, and will be evaluated, through a lens of equity.

DMNA Seeking Candidates to Run for the Board

The Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting will take place on Monday, October 15, at 6 p.m., at Open Book, in the 2nd floor Performance Hall.  Elections to the board of directors will take place.  We will have three seats up for election this year with three-year terms.  If you have an interest in running for a seat on the board, please submit your name, a brief bio, and a statement explaining your interest in running for the board to info@thedmna.org.

ARTCRANK KICKS OFF ITS SECOND DECADE OF BIKE-INSPIRED ART AT IDS CENTER ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13.

MINNEAPOLIS (September 13, 2018) – ARTCRANK’s 2018 Minneapolis show will take place on
Saturday, October 13 at the IDS Center Crystal Court. Staging a show in one of the most iconic
buildings in Minneapolis is a far cry from the show’s DIY bike shop roots, but one thing remains
the same: Affordable, bike-inspired poster art created by local artists.

This year’s edition of ARTCRANK features new bike-inspired posters created by more than 40
artists from around the Twin Cities. The artist roster is a near 50/50 split between first-time
participants and returning artists, including perennial favorites Adam Turman, Amy Jo, Ellen
Schofield, and Allan Peters.

“I fell in love with bicycling and ARTCRANK at the show in 2012,” said first-time ARTCRANK
artist Andria Chinander. “Now, six years later, I’m honored to celebrate both as an artist.”
Given ARTCRANK’s history of showcasing top-notch talent and helping local artists make a name
for themselves on what’s become an international stage, even longtime contributors feel the
pressure to bring their best.

“ARTCRANK is the most exciting and stressful project I have all year,” said Todd Zerger, who’s
done poster for shows dating back to 2012. But I love the energy: The pages of sketches. The
crossed eyes at midnight trying to resolve details on the computer. All the ideas I throw away
because they don’t quite rise to the occasion. The stress of trying to come up with something
special that’s never been done before.”

For the fourth consecutive year, ARTCRANK is teaming up with Fulton Brewing to provide adult
refreshments and benefit a local nonprofit organization. A portion of proceeds from beer sales will
benefit the Minnesota Cycling Federation and its programs that introduce kids to the sport of
cycling, let them try out racing for the first time, and learn how to ride like pros.

ARTCRANK is also partnering with IDS Center — which is donating the space for the event —
and the mpls downtown council to create a showcase of all the ways that cycling is transforming
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the downtown neighborhood, from commuting to shopping to sightseeing. Show attendees will be
encouraged to take advantage of the revamped, Nicollet to arrive by bike, with free valet bike
parking near IDS Center’s Nicollet entrance provided by the Cultural Wellness Center’s My Bike
Project, another longtime ARTCRANK partner.

“We’re thrilled that ARTCRANK will be returning to its roots here in downtown Minneapolis,” said
Leah Wong, mpls downtown council vice president of external relations. “We have an incredible
bike and art culture in Minneapolis, and we can’t wait to welcome ARTCRANK’s followers here to
gather in our city’s core and celebrate the creativity within our community.”

ARTCRANK Show Details
When: Saturday, October 13, 2018 – 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Where: IDS Center in Downtown Minneapolis
80 S 8th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Show will be held in the first-floor space at the corner of
8th St. and Marquette Ave., just off the Crystal Court

What + Why:
• Partnership between ARTCRANK, Fulton Brewing and mpls downtown
council
• Original limited edition prints by 40+ local artists – all sold for $50
• Selection of craft beer by Fulton Brewing – $5-$8 per glass
• Portion of proceeds from beer sales benefit Minnesota Cycling Federation
• Free valet bike parking by My Bike Project
For more information, please visit: www.artcrank.com/events/2018/minneapolis

About ARTCRANK
ARTCRANK® is a poster show about bicycles. We make art as accessible as bikes are, and use
creativity to change the way people think about cycling. Since 2007, ARTCRANK has introduced
hundreds of thousands of people to handmade, affordable bike posters created by independent
artists, holding live pop-up bike art shows in cities across the U.S., as well as in London and
Paris. Bicycling Magazine called us “Cycling’s Coolest Art Show,” and named ARTCRANK
founder Charles Youel one of its “Cyclists Who Are Changing The World.”

About the mpls downtown council:
Founded in 1955, and one of the most historic central business associations in the nation, the
mpls downtown council (mdc) is a membership-based entity that works to create an extraordinary
downtown. The mdc’s collaborative developments of Intersections: The Downtown 2025 Plan was
designed to help downtown businesses, community leaders and citizens build on downtown
assets and implement future goals. For more information, please visit mplsdowntown.com

DMNA Land Use Committee meeting on September 4

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the DMNA Land Use Committee is on Tuesday, September 4, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum, in the ADM Room.

AGENDA

DMNA 2018 Annual Meeting on October 15 at Open Book

The Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting will take place on Monday, October 15, at 6 p.m., at Open Book, in the 2nd floor Performance Hall.  Election to the board of directors will take place.  We will have three seats up for election this year with three-year terms.  If you have an interest in running for a seat on the board, please submit your name, a brief bio, and a statement explaining your interest in running for the board to info@thedmna.org.  More info to come.

DMNA Board Meeting on August 20, at the Mill City Museum

The next DMNA Board meeting is on Monday, August 20, at 5:45 p.m., at the Mill City Museum, in the ADM Room.

Agenda – REVISED#2
Minutes from the June 18, Board Meeting
August 2018 Outreach and Collaboration Chart
June Financial Report
July Financial Report
DMNA Letter of Support for Sherman Associates 7th and Portland project approved at the July 10, LUC meeting – Sherman Associates cancelled this project prior to presenting at the August 13, Planning Commission meeting
DMNA Letter of Support for Solhem OX-OP project approved at the August 6, LUC meeting
DMNA Letter of Support for 417 2nd Avenue N., Certificate of Appropriateness application approved at the August 6, LUC meeting
DMNA Letter of Support for 527 Marquette Avenue, Certificate of Appropriateness application approved at the August 6, LUC meeting
DMNA Letter of Support for 800 Washington Avenue RFP

DMNA 2018 Community Engagement Survey now available

The Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association is seeking input from people who live, work or own property in the Downtown East and Downtown West neighborhoods of Minneapolis.

In line with our mission to promote the common good and general welfare of the residents, property owners, businesses, and employees of Downtown Minneapolis, we are looking to you – the people we serve – for your ideas on how to prioritize our outreach strategies and community engagement activities to maximize resources.

The goal of this survey is to find out what YOU THINK makes a successful and livable community, as well as to find out what the best method is to communicate with you and to get you involved in our neighborhood organization.

We intend to collect responses and present the results at our Annual Meeting.  We will use the responses to chart our direction for 2019 and beyond.

Thank you for taking this survey!  We appreciate your input! Follow the link below to get started.  If you have any questions, or if you would like a paper copy of the survey mailed to you, please send an email to info@thedmna.org. Please share the survey with your neighbors, downtown friends and co-workers.

DMNA Community Engagement Survey via SurveyMonkey

DMNA Community Engagement Survey – PDF copy to print – please submit via mail to:

DMNA
40 S. 7th Street
Suite 212, PMB 172
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Joint Beats collaboration highlighted at annual National Night Out Kickoff event in downtown Minneapolis

NNO Kickoff event set for Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 3-5 pm on Nicollet                             

MINNEAPOLIS (August 6, 2018) — The Mpls Downtown Improvement District will hold its annual National Night Out Kickoff event on Tuesday, August 7 from 3-5 pm at the DID Pop-Up Satellite Office outside Gaviidae Common (6th Street & Nicollet).

With Minneapolis being a national leader in the number of National Night Out neighborhood events hosted each year, the NNO Kickoff Event in downtown Minneapolis features games, treats and information about where you can find your neighborhood’s NNO event as well as overall community safety.

This year’s NNO Kickoff Event on Nicollet will feature:

  • Appearances by local law enforcement and public officials
  • Free treats and giveaways (ice cream, lemonade, popcorn and more)
  • Games (chess, connect4, bean bags, little kids waffle blocks, tic-ta-toe and more)
  • Live Street Show musical performances
  • Time/location list of NNO events in the City of Minneapolis on August 7
  • And more

Great visuals are available of community gathering together to play games and meet local officials during the NNO Kickoff event on Nicollet.

Joint Beats collaboration on display at National Night Out

National Night Out also brings members of the ongoing Joint Beats law enforcement collaboration led in partnership with the mpls downtown council and Downtown Improvement District together to meet members of the community and interact while helping promote neighborhood safety.

Now in its 12th year, the Joint Beats program showcases collaboration between MPD, HCSO and Metro Transit Police Department that increases law enforcement visibility on the streets and helps enhance collaboration with street outreach teams—all in an effort to keep downtown safe during the summer months.

The 2018 Joint Beats program launched on Memorial Day and will run through Labor Day. During that span, more beat officers are being placed in downtown’s core as a way to enhance real and perceived safety during the summer months. Below are highlights from the partnership’s leaders on the impact it has downtown.

“We strive to create a consistently compelling experience downtown—one that everyone who lives, works, plays and visits here can enjoy,” said Steve Cramer, president & ceo of the mpls downtown council and Downtown Improvement District. “Partnerships with law enforcement agencies help make that possible through their visibility on the streets and their support of our other strategies like outreach and activations downtown.”

“Collaborative safety plans require collaboration—and Joint Beats is a perfect example of why that’s especially true of public safety efforts.” said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. “Every year, Joint Beats brings our law enforcement partners and the community together to help achieve the goal of keeping downtown safe and inviting for all.”

“The Joint Beats collaboration really highlights the importance of relationships between our law enforcement partners, as we collectively provide a visible presence downtown,” said Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo. “I’d also like to recognize the tremendous contribution of social service ‘street outreach’ workers; everyone is working together to increase public safety for those who live, work and visit Downtown.”

“Downtown is the heart of this county, and the entire Metro area,” Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said. “It needs to be safe and secure for residents and visitors.”

“Working together and collaborating with our fellow law enforcement agencies is something we at Metro Transit Police feel is very valuable to the community,” said Metro Transit Police Chief John Harrington. “Keeping the visitors, riders and operators safe is our top priority, and the Joint Beats initiative is one that annually yields results doing that.”

The continued efforts this summer communicates a serious and shared focused on downtown safety, which is the foundation of any successful community. The Joint Beats program works in tandem with City of Minneapolis leadership, the downtown business community, and street outreach organizations to help meet the needs of all who live, work and play downtown.

About the mpls downtown council:

Founded in 1955, and one of the most historic central business associations in the nation, the mpls downtown council (mdc) is a membership-based entity that works to create an extraordinary downtown. The mdc’s collaborative developments of Intersections: The Downtown 2025 Plan was designed to help downtown businesses, community leaders and citizens build on downtown assets and implement future goals. For more information, please visit mplsdowntown.com.

About the Mpls Downtown Improvement District:

Founded in early 2009, after more than five years of formative planning and advocacy by the downtown business community, the Mpls DID delivers higher levels of service to make downtown cleaner, greener, safer and more vibrant throughout a 120-block area, as is the case with most Business Improvement Districts. For more information, visit www.mplsdid.com.

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CM Fletcher seeks input from Ward 3 Businesses

Ward 3 Council Member Steve Fletcher is seeking to learn more about the businesses that operate in our community. If you are a business owner or manager, please take a few minutes to complete the survey via the link below.

https://bit.ly/2mGP4JA

DMNA Land Use Committee meeting on August 6

The next DMNA Land Use Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 6, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum.

AGENDA – REVISED

DMNA LUC Project Review Checklist – Draft