The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has an e-mail subscription service to provide residents and park users with timely email updates on Park Board activities and services. The service allows subscribers to choose the topics they are notified about, including Board meetings, news updates, parkway closures, planning projects, activities, programs and events, facilities and seasonal brochures.

“Communication is crucial to creating and maintaining strong relationships with the communities we serve. Our e-subscription service will allow us to quickly and efficiently distribute information to email subscribers interested in specific services, programs and facilities,” explained Jayne Miller, Superintendent of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. “Email subscription services will improve public access to information, reduce staff time, cut costs, and increase our “green” communication efforts.”

To subscribe, select the red envelope icon on the home page of By simply entering an email address on the e-subscribe page, subscribers can add topics, change topic choices or unsubscribe.



Join us for a hands-on learning experience on redistricting. For the first time, you will have the power to draw and propose your own redistricting maps for Minneapolis City Council. This event will show you how to draw lines that are drawn around people, not politicians. Come by yourself or recruit a team to participate in this once-in-a-decade event. All maps entered will be submitted to the Minneapolis Charter Commission. Cosponsored by CURA, Urban Research and Outreach Center, and Common Cause Minnesota. Please see the attached poster for more info and the links: and

The event on the 4th is more informational and is being sponsored in conjunction with the Humphrey’s Center for the Study of Politics and Governance. The event on the 18th is about the redistricting process but will also involve actually drawing new ward maps. It is not expected or required that you attend the event on the 4th in order to attend our event on the 18th.

The agenda for the 18th will be:
9:30-10am background on redistricting
10am-12pm group map-making in the lab
12-12:30pm debrief and share maps created

* First, we’re happy to announce that the MPD’s Citizens Academy has been set for 2012.  We are now accepting applications.  We are giving priority seating to the full Academy for Neighborhood Policing Plan (NPP) leaders. Academy graduates are up-to-speed on how the MPD works, and how we can grow our partnership–the ultimate experience for those looking to prevent and reduce crime neighborhood-wide. See the brief list of our expectations of NPP leaders, and the benefits to you and your neighborhood, in the application form. If you are, or can commit to be, your neighborhood’s primary leader for executing the policing plan, fill out the application below–your application for the full Academy will move to the front of the line!  If you are not your neighborhood’s NPP leader, please pass this invitation on to your neighborhood crime prevention leaders ASAP.  More than one NPP leader can apply; however space for the full Academy is limited to 40 seats.  Two or more can select different sets of sessions to fill one slot.

* Second, we’ve simplified the Neighborhood Policing Plan process.  As always, your Crime Prevention Specialist will be your prime resource to devise and implement your plan. Plans posted on-line will be updated periodically–they won’t be “annual,” they’ll be a “living document” based on your regular feedback regarding your neighborhood leaders’ and volunteers’ activities, and the MPD’s implementation of crime prevention partnership strategies listed in the plan. Once we have your point person or leader signed up for the Academy, we can begin updating your NPP on-line.

* Lastly, we have set a goal to reach the goal of 90% of Minneapolis’ blocks organized by a committed block club leader by the end of 2014.  We just passed the half-way point, and would like to get ahead of schedule. We are offering priority seating to expanded sessions of the Academy for leaders taking on previously unorganized blocks. We’ll continue to work with your crime prevention committee to recruit new leaders. And we are issuing this “Neighborhood Policing Plan Challenge”:  When your neighborhood reaches or exceeds 90% of your blocks organized by committed crime prevention block club leaders, any crime alert subscriber in the neighborhood can opt-in to the Action Alerts.

If you are our “go-to” person for your neighborhood’s policing plan, just hit reply, and fill out the application form below.  The Academy will run from March 14 through May 16, 2012–all Wednesday evenings–Academy topics schedule follows the application form.  We’ll need all applications submitted by February 28.

We look forward to continuing this vital partnering and seeing you at the Citizens Academy!  If you have any questions about the Academy, the Neighborhood Policing Plans, or the Action Alerts, don’t hesitate to contact me.  Thanks!

Luther Krueger, Crime Prevention Analyst
Minneapolis Police Dept., Property Information Center
Room 100 City Hall
350 S. 5th Street + Minneapolis MN 55415
612-673-5371 +

For citywide crime stats and MAPS link to:

For your first contact regarding crime issues in your area link to:


The MPD never sleeps.

Minneapolis Public Schools is developing a new middle school at the Ramsey building. This is an exciting opportunity to create an innovative, urban learning experience for students who live in the Lyndale Community School and Burroughs Community School attendance areas. The new middle school will start with approximately 170-220 sixth graders in 2012-2013 and add subsequent grades each year.  Students at Hale/Field Community School and Green Central Community School also have the option to request the new middle school based on space availability.

The Board of Education approved a start-up budget, in addition to the standard per student allocation, which will allow the new middle school to provide a full complement of coursework including languages, electives, English Language Learner and autism programs and after-school activities.

Program Development Components:

–          Family Network established to inform and participate in new school development

–          Inclusion of adolescents in planning process

–          Academic program based in research and theory on adolescent motivation for learning

–          Principal and staff hired who are passionate about teaching middle grades and highly qualified in disciplinary literacies, focused instruction and pedagogies for learning 21st century skills

–          Cohort of students move together to high school providing consistency in social, emotional and academic development

You can find more information here:

We are pleased to announce that the 3rd Annual “Feeding the Dream” food drive was a great success!  We collected more than 2300 lbs of non-perishable food items for Groveland Food Shelf in Minneapolis.  This will go a long way in serving those in need throughout Minneapolis, and especially the homeless youth that Groveland serves.  We would like to take an opportunity to thank community members and share in the good news.  Without you this would not have been possible. Thanks again and I appreciate your commitment to making the food drive a success!

Brian Cornell Recreation Supervisor – Dr. Martin Luther King Park MinneapolisParkand Recreation Board (O) 612.370.4908 (F) 612.823.5004

 Saturday, February 11 / Register by Friday, February 3

This new conference is specifically designed for neighborhood organizations, cultural communities, nonprofit organizations, City departments and residents to share best practices of neighborhood engagement. In addition, the conference will introduce people to new and innovative ideas for working within communities and neighborhoods. A major theme of the conference is building diversity and increasing participation in neighborhood organizations and communities.

Angela Glover Blackwell, president and CEO of PolicyLink, a national research and action institute working to advance economic and social equity, will give the keynote address.

Volunteers are still needed at a variety of stations during the conference. You can indicate your interest in volunteering through our registration system on the website.  NCR staff will contact you to discuss your availability.

Groups are also invited to register for an information table. The conference will include a Neighborhood Café and 16 workshops, and will be held at St. Mary’s University Event Center – formerly known as the Zuhrah Shrine Event Center – 2540 Park Ave. S.  Learn more at:

We are so excited to announce in addition to our scheduled January knit classes we will also be offering 2 ‘bring your own project’ sessions! This is where you can bring any unfinished projects to work on, and inquire with any questions or hurdles you may have to our talented instructor, Devin.

Offered on a Sunday afternoon it is a chance for past students or newbies alike to bring specific questions about whatever they happen to be working on to the table!  The sessions are $15.00 each, and will be held on Sunday January 8, 12-2 & Sunday January 22, 12-2.  To join in the fun please sign up in our store in advance to assure a spot, as these will fill up quickly!

For more information:
visit our store at
3800 Grand Ave
Minneapolis, MN

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