DMNA joins MDC to encourage collaborative effort on police reform and public safety

The DMNA Board held a special meeting on Tuesday night to review and discuss the possibility of becoming a co-signer on the Minneapolis Downtown Council’s Statement on Public Safety and Guiding Principles for Police Reform and Public Safety. Steve Cramer, President and CEO of the Minneapolis Downtown Council participated in the meeting and provided some background about how the statement and principles came together.

Cramer explained that there is a group of businesses and organizations like the Hennepin Theatre Trust and the Warehouse Business District Association that meet regularly to talk about crime in the downtown community. He stated that the business community is concerned that the City Council’s proposed Charter Amendment will lead to the dismantling of the Minneapolis Police Department without a clear path forward. He said the group agrees that the MPD needs to be better, fairer and more just, but that the Charter Amendment is premature. The Minneapolis Downtown Council, along with the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Building Owners and Managers Association, decided that there needs to be a more collaborative effort that brings people together to create a police reform strategy. As such, they crafted a proposal that they are calling Guiding Principles for Police Reform and Public Safety. At this point, more than a dozen other organizations have signed on to it.

There were 30 members of the downtown community who also participated in the special board meeting. After asking questions of Cramer, and listening to feedback from residents, the board passed a motion on a 5-4 vote to join the other groups as a co-signer of the Statement and Guiding Principles, which are printed below. Board members who were opposed to the motion expressed concern that the Minneapolis Downtown Council represents the business community and the DMNA represents residents, and at this point, the DMNA has obtained input from only a small number of downtown residents. Additionally, those opposed stated that the DMNA hasn’t collected sufficient information to understand how the MPD as it currently exists would work to address racism. Those who voted to support the statement and principles felt it necessary to be timely in joining other organizations raising the unique concerns of downtown.

The board will continue discussions at its regularly scheduled meeting on July 20, on ways to hear from residents and how the DMNA can stay actively involved in all stages of this evolving discussion. The board assured residents on the call that they will continue to advocate for opportunities for residents to be engaged in the process to reform the MPD. The DMNA will also monitor the Charter Amendment process and share information with residents as it becomes available.The Charter Commission meets again on Wednesday, July 8. Information about this meeting is available further down in this e-newsletter.

Comments sought on proposed changes to the City Charter

The Charter Commission holds its first public hearing July 15

The Minneapolis Charter Commission is seeking public comments on a proposed amendment to the City Charter related to the future of public safety. People can submit their comments online or provide them directly to members of the commission at a July 15 public hearing.

The proposed amendment, submitted by the City Council, proposes removing the Police Department from the charter and adding a new Community Safety & Violence Prevention Department. Under State law, the Charter Commission is required to review and submit its recommendation(s) on the proposed amendment before a ballot question can be presented to voters.

The first of two virtual public hearings takes place at the next Charter Commission meeting, 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 15. Participation instructions will be published on the City’s website.

Other ways to comment

Minneapolis Charter Commission
City Hall – Room 304
350 South Fifth St.
Minneapolis, MN 55415

The Peavey Plaza fountains are back! 

Green Minneapolis is excited to announce that the iconic and historically landmarked Peavey Plaza fountains will once again be running on July 2, 2020.

Come down to experience downtown’s greatest green space, and experience once again the relaxation and relief from daily stresses, aided by the flowing water and lush landscape.
Guests must remain socially distant, and masks are highly encouraged.  Please check out our website for more information and FAQ.

DMNA Special Board Meeting on July 6, at 6 p.m., via Zoom

The DMNA Board will have a special meeting on Monday, July 6, at 6 p.m., via Zoom to review and discuss whether to sign on to the Minneapolis Downtown Council’s Public Safety Statement and Guiding Principles for Police Reform and Public Safety. The Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce and the Building Owners and Management Association have also signed on to this.

MDC Public Safety Statement and Guiding Principles for Police Reform and Public Safety

The board will also discuss whether to submit a comment regarding the Charter Amendment prior to the public hearing at the Minneapolis Charter Commission meeting scheduled for July 8.

If you would like to participate in the DMNA Special Board Meeting on July 6, please contact DMNA Neighborhood Coordinator Christie Rock Hantge at for the Zoom login information.

The Minneapolis Charter Commission will have a first reading of the proposed ordinance amendment during their meeting on Wednesday, July 1.  The meeting starts at 4 p.m.  The Charter Commission will meet again on Wednesday, July 8, for a second reading of the ordinance.  They will conduct a public hearing at this meeting. You can watch both of these meetings via Minneapolis City Council TV.

UPDATED: Restaurants and Coffee Shops Open for Business









Bacon Social House 9am-4pm [CLOSED]
700 S 3rd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 428-7107

Bar Zia [OPEN for Dine-in, Patio and Take-Out]
420 S. 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN
(612) 345-7347
Monday to Saturday 11am to 7pm
Sunday 9 am to 3 pm

Borough & Parlour
730 Washington Ave. N.
Open Daily 4 PM to 10 PM

The Brass Rail
422 Hennepin Ave.
Open Fridays and Saturdays at 4 PM

Brothers Bar and Grill
430 First Ave. N.
Kitchen open Mon- Thurs 3 PM to 10:30 PM
Fridays and Saturdays 3 PM to 12:00 AM
Bar open until 2 AM or decline in business

Caribou Coffee (Washington Ave & 5th Ave S) [OPEN]
509 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Mon-Fri 5:30 am-7:00 pm, Sat 5:30 am-7 pm, Sun 6 am-6 pm

Collins Restaurant and Café’ (at Parkside Building, Elliot Park) [OPEN, CARRYOUT ONLY]
825 S 8th Street #L108
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7am-2pm

Crooked Pint Ale House [OPEN]
501 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Open for Dine-In, Takeout or Delivery: Mon-Thursday 11am-8pm, Fri-Sun 11 am-9:30 pm

Day Block Brewing [OPEN]
1105 S. Washington Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday – Thursday: 04:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Friday: 03:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 08:00 PM

D’Brian’s Kitchen and Catering (#4-Wells Fargo DTE Skyway) [CLOSED]
Delivery Fees Waived, Minimum Order $25
Hours: 7am-2pm
Phone: 612-338-2951
600 South 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Hours: Closed

Eagle Bolt Bar [OPEN – Newly expanded patio]
515 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN  55415
(612) 338-4214
Monday – Thursday 4pm-10:30pm,
Fridays Open at 3pm, Saturdays Open at 11am &
Sunday 10am–11:00pm

East Village Grill [OPEN]
1401 11th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Hours: 11:00 am to 10:30 pm
(612) 333-3726

Einstein Brothers (Wells Fargo Skyway) [CLOSED]
550 S 4th St Suite 230, Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 333-9088
Hours: Closed until further notice

Finnegan’s Brew Co. [OPEN]
817 S 5th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 454-0615
Monday-Friday 3-9pm, Saturday 1-10pm. Call for reservations
Curbside growler pickup will coincide with these hours.

The Freehouse
701 N. Washington Ave
Tuesdays through Thursdays 11-9
Friday: 11-12
Saturday: 8-12
Sunday: 8-8
Reservations can be made on line.

The Gay 90s
408 Hennepin Ave.
Open Fridays and Saturdays at 4 PM

Gold Room
528 Hennepin Ave.
Open 5 PM to 11 PM

Hop21 Table Tennis Club & Bar [OPEN]
501 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis MN 55415
Sunday – Monday: 4pm – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 4pm – 12am
Phone: (612) 315-2964

In the Loop Coffee Co.
708 N 1st St.
Mon-Sat 7 – 6, Sun 8 -2

Izzy’s Ice Cream
1100 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415, US
1 612-206-3356
Monday – Thursday 1 pm to 9 pm; Friday and Saturday 1 pm to 10 pm; Sunday 1 pm to 9 pm
PICK-UP & LOCAL DELIVERY HOURS 1PM-9PM (Delivery within a 5-mile radius of the Minneapolis shop)

Jackson’s Hole
106 N. 3RD ST.
m-f 11am-2am & s-s 4pm-2am.
Kitchen open from open-10pm

Jimmy Johns at East End [OPEN]
720 S 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Monday – Sunday: 10:30 am-8 pm
(612) 338-7827

Kindi Thai Restaurant [OPEN]
719 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 465-8303
Monday – Friday: 11:30 am-9 pm
Saturday: 11 am-9 pm
Sunday: 3 pm-9 pm

Loon Café
500 First Ave. N
Kitchen open Tuesdays through Saturdays 11:30 to 8 PM
Bar will remain open as business warrants

Lyon’s Pub
16 So. 6th St.
Monday thru Sat. 11 PM to close, closing hours will vary depending on business

NOLO’s Kitchen & Bar
515 Washington Ave. N.
Sunday thru Thursday – 8 am – 9 pm
Friday and Saturday – 8 am – 10 pm
Basement Bar – Fri. & Sat.- 8 pm to close

Normandy Kitchen [OPEN]
405 South 8th Street
HOURS: Monday-Thursday: 6:30 A.M.-11:00 P.M.
Friday-Sunday: 7:00 A.M.-12:00 A.M.

Northern Coffeeworks [OPEN]
1027 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
Hours: 7 am to 3 pm

Pizza Luce
119 N. 4th St.
Pick up and delivery only 11 AM to 2:30 AM

Pog Mahones Pub and Grill [OPEN]
903 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 236-4724
Everyday: Noon-7pm

Red Cow
208 First Ave. N
Wednesday & Thursday: 11am-8pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am-9pm
Sunday: 11am-8pm

Red Rabbit
201 N. Washington Ave. N.
Wednesday & Thursday: 11am-8pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am-9pm
Sunday: 11am-8pm

107 N. Washington Ave.
Monday through Saturdays 4 PM to 10 PM

Sarpino’s Pizzaria [OPEN]
1028 S. Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Sunday-Thursday: 10 am-1 am; Friday-Saturday: 10 am-3 am

Sawatdee (11am-9pm) [OPEN]
607 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 338-6451

Segue Coffee [OPEN]
811 11th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
Monday – Friday: 7 am to 4 pm

Smack Shack
603 Washington Ave N
Open 11am-10pm daily

Smith & Porter [OPEN – INSIDE or on the PATIO, by reservation only, or enjoy curbside takeout or delivery]
428 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Open daily 4pm-8pm!

Sneaky Pete’s
14 N. 5th St.
Open Fridays and Saturdays at 4 PM

Starbucks at the East End [OPEN]
713 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 383-2274

Starbucks at the Edition – [OPEN]
515 S 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 357-6344
M-F 5:30 am – 7 pm and Sat-Sun 6:30 am – 7 pm.  Mobile orders only through the app.

Subway Restaurant (at 701 Building) [OPEN]
701 S 4th Ave Suite 230, Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 333-3109
Monday-Friday, 7 am-5 pm

Umbra (at the Canopy Hotel) [OPEN]
708 3rd Street South
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 540-7323
Dine-In:11am – 9pm – Call for reservations
Curbside Pickup & Delivery:11am – 8:30pm

Wasabi Fusion
903 Washington Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN  55115
Open 7 Days a Week
LUNCH (Mon–Fri) 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
DINNER (Mon–Thu) 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri: 4:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun: 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Zen Box Izakaya [OPEN]
602 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 332-3936
OPEN for Takeout, Curbside & Delivery: TUE – SAT from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Order ONLINE @ or 📞 612-332-3936


Minneapolis Parks Foundation and People for Parks join forces

Dear Parks Supporter –

I am writing to share exciting news. Later today, we are announcing that the Minneapolis Parks Foundation consolidated with People for Parks, a smaller, but historically significant nonprofit with a mission to support Minneapolis Parks. As the only two non-profits supporting the entire Minneapolis Park System, this unification will allow us to work together, instead of independently, eliminating the possibility of duplication in our projects and programming, and ensuring that more of our donors’ support goes directly to the parks we all love.

Through the consolidation, People for Parks’ remaining assets will seed the newly formed People for Parks Fund, to which the Minneapolis Parks Foundation will make annual supplemental contributions. This Fund was created in partnership with leaders from People for Parks, and will become the home for the most popular and impactful services People for Parks provided to our community, including targeted grant-making, fundraising events like the Posters for Parks Show, and bench and paver sales.

I’m delighted to welcome former People for Parks Board Members Steve Bailey and Jay Halvorson to our Board of Directors. They will also help guide the work of the People for Parks Fund as founding members of its Advisory Committee, along with Keith Holloman and Nima Ahmadi from our Board, and to-be-appointed community representatives.

People for Parks’ history of grassroots, community-based support complements the Minneapolis Parks Foundation’s mission to transform lives through parks and public space by aligning philanthropic investment and community vision. We’ll continue to bring transformative capital investments like the RiverFirst Campaign and steward big ideas for Minneapolis parks through initiatives such as the Next Generation of Parks Event Series and the newly launched Reimagining the Civic Commons. Collaborations like these help to ensure that our park system continues to create opportunities and that everyone in Minneapolis lives within walking distance of a welcoming, vibrant park.

Please join me in welcoming People for Parks to the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. We look forward to sharing with you progress from this exciting new way to support Minneapolis parks.


Tom Evers
Executive Director


Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board announces gradual re-openings of parkways beginning June 26

Today the Minneapolis Park and Recreation (MPRB) announced it will begin to reopen lesser used parkway sections that have been closed to allow more space for trail users to follow social distancing practices to prevent spreading COVID-19.

The openings begin Friday, June 26 with Main Street SE from Hennepin Avenue to 3rd Ave SE open by 10 am. This opening is due to the reopening of businesses along Main Street. On Friday, June 19, Main Street between 3rd and 6th, owned by the City of Minneapolis, was transitioned from an exclusive pedestrian and bike facility to a shared slow street prioritizing people walking, biking and rolling, while also open to slow moving vehicles.

Additional openings will take place by 10 am on Monday, June 29 and include East River Road, Lake of the Isles Parkway and Nokomis Parkway. These parkways had low pedestrian usage during their closures or will be impacted by upcoming vehicle detours necessitated by construction projects.

Bde Maka Ska Parkway, Cedar Lake Parkway, Lake Harriet Parkway and West River Parkway will remain closed to traffic and open for pedestrian use.

“Given current available funding, MPRB is prioritizing extending closures for the most heavily used parkway spaces where added space for social distancing is most needed,” said MPRB Board President Jono Cowgill. “Providing parkway space for people has been incredibly successful and I look forward to providing more opportunities for opening up these spaces if funding becomes available in the future.”

The Minnesota Department of Health and Center for Disease Control offer the following guidelines for social distancing in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Do not use parks if you feel sick or have symptoms, including fever, body aches, coughing, nasal congestion, runny nose and sore throat.
  • Cover your cough with your elbow, don’t cough into your hands.
  • Wash your hands immediately before and after visiting a park or trail.
  • Maintain at least six feet of distance between you and other people that are not a part of your household.

Stay Updated

Visit for parkway closure updates and other MPRB FAQs, including facility closings and activity cancellations. Receive timely email updates by visiting, entering your email and selecting the “COVID-19” topic in the “News Updates” section.

Reporting Non-Emergency Crimes Survey

The City of Minneapolis has tasked a workgroup with creating alternatives to Minneapolis Police response where appropriate. The two opportunity areas for an alternative response that have been identified by the workgroup are Mental Health Calls and Report-Only Calls. The workgroup is working with the Performance and Innovation Team, who is supporting the workgroup with researching, developing, and testing the feasibility of alternatives to police response for the identified opportunity areas.

A big part of their process is centering the work they do around the end-users, as these are the people most directly impacted by the solutions and recommendations. Therefore, it is important for them to hear the lived experiences of the end-users through interviews, surveys, focus groups, etc. They created a survey to engage community members who would like to share their experiences. The primary purpose of the survey is to gain insight from individuals who have either experienced or witnessed a mental health crisis, who may or may not have had interactions with services such as 911, police, crisis response teams/helplines, etc.

The survey responses will be anonymous as they will not be collecting any identifying information.


MPRB Commissioners pass resolution allowing people currently experiencing homelessness to stay in Minneapolis parks

On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board of Commissioners passed Resolution 2020-253, which allows those currently experiencing homelessness to seek refuge on Minneapolis parkland. The resolution also requests assistance from other federal, state and local agencies to seek a permanent housing solution for the homeless population.

“Homelessness in Minnesota is a crisis.” said Park Board President Jono Cowgill. “We realize that this is not a permanent solution, so we are asking the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County and State of Minnesota to step up and find a sustainable, dignified housing solution for folks who are experiencing homelessness right now. In the meantime, we are not going to push people out of public spaces when they have nowhere else to go.”

The resolution and the list of community partners currently working toward a sustainable, long-term housing solution is linked below.

Resolution 2020-253

MPRB announces changes to lifeguard services at Minneapolis beaches

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Weekend Lifeguards at Select Minneapolis Beaches

Effective Saturday, June 20, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will offer weekend lifeguard services from 12 noon to 7 pm on Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21 and June 27-28 at the three most-visited beaches in the park system:

Daily Lifeguards at Select Minneapolis Beaches

The MPRB plans to hire additional lifeguards and by Thursday, July 2, offer daily lifeguard services from 12 noon until 7 pm at the five most-visited beaches:

If the temperature is 85 degrees or warmer at 6 pm, lifeguard hours will be extended to 8 pm.

MPRB’s other seven beaches will not have lifeguard services this summer.

Social Distancing

All beach visitors are encouraged to social distance, bring a water bottle and hand sanitizer, and follow Minnesota Department of Health guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Background on 2020 lifeguard services

MPRB announced earlier that beaches would not be staffed with lifeguards this summer. That decision was made based on factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic that impacted the organization’s process for hiring lifeguards, including the statewide “Stay at Home MN” executive order in March, April and May; the cancellation of Red Cross lifeguard training sessions; and the MPRB’s inability this spring to offer in-person training for in-water rescues and coordinated emergency action plans. The MPRB plans to hire lifeguards previously employed by the MPRB who are already certified and provide in-person training over the next two weeks.

Additional beach and water safety information

  • MPRB beaches are accessible during regular park hours: 6 am to 10 pm.
  • Buoys marking swimming areas have been deployed at the five busiest beaches listed above. Buoys will be deployed at MPRB’s other seven other beaches by July 4.
  • Swim docks will not be installed.
  • Multi-language signs alert visitors at non-guarded beaches that no lifeguards on duty.
  • Multi-language signs at all beaches encourage visitors to follow Minnesota Department of Health guidelines and maintain social distancing in and out of the water.
  • More information on modified operations at Minneapolis beaches due to COVID-19

Water Safety Orientation with Social Distancing
Beginning July 6, MPRB lifeguards will offer social-distance-compliant water orientation lessons at Wirth Beach for youth ages 6 to 14 years. The four-day, 40-minute lessons will be offered weekly Monday through Thursday and focus on fundamental swimming drills and safe water practices. Fees, scholarships and registrations details to come at; or email

MPRB aquatics staff continues to explore possibilities for offering swim lessons during the pandemic, especially in communities that have faced systemic barriers to swimming and water recreation.