PROPOSED 2015 MINNEAPOLIS PARK BOARD BUDGET CONTINUES FOCUS ON FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, SERVICE DELIVERY AND MAINTAINING PARK SYSTEM

Public comment opportunities scheduled Nov. 5 and 19, Dec. 10

The Superintendent’s Recommended 2015 Budget for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) focuses on maintaining park services and facilities, strategically addressing financial and operational challenges, improving organizational efficiency and service delivery, and addressing Emerald Ash Borer and other threats to the urban tree canopy.

“The proposed budget includes the General Fund operating budget that reflects a 4 percent property tax increase and focuses on establishing a financially sustainable funding model, supporting ongoing operations, addressing threats to the urban tree canopy, continuing our work on equity across the park system, including racial equity, and implementing organizational changes that will improve efficiency and enhance service delivery. It reflects the MPRB’s commitment to sound financial management and strategic long-term planning,” explained Superintendent Jayne Miller. “It also includes the second year of a special levy dedicated to the removal and replacement of infested and distressed ash trees and replanting of trees lost during storms. The combined levies reflect a 4.9 percent property tax increase over 2014.” Read more

FIRE

Friday, October 24th 6:30pm at MLK Park

Our annual fall bonfire will celebrate the great work by neighborhood Block Leads!  The bonfire starts at 6:30pm on the north side of the recreation center near the Mosaic Garden – free s’mores and apple cider for all!  Plus, our fabulous storyteller will be making a return visit to share a spooky story around the bonfire for young and old!

–organized by KFNA and supported in partnership with MLK Park

Meet the At-Large Candidates for Minneapolis Public School Board!

(Organized by Area C neighborhood associations)

Monday October 20th / 6:30 PM Social, 7:00 PM Forum

MLK Park, Multipurpose Room, 4055 Nicollet Avenue South

(Bus Route #18 + on-street parking + parking lot off of 40th Street)

Four candidates are running to fill two at-large seats on the Minneapolis Public School Board. Area C neighborhoods are partnering to host a forum for neighbors to ask questions related to concerns about our public schools. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014. All neighbors are welcome to attend.

6:30 Coffee, Cookies, and Candidate Conversations

7:00 Community Forum moderated by the League of Women Voters

(Questions submitted and sorted during Social Time and Candidate Introductions)

8:25 Closing Statements

8:30 Adjourn

Questions on the forum should be directed to: Sarah Linnes-Robinson, KFNA Executive Director, sarah@kingfield.org or 612.823.5980.

Language translation services in Somali and Spanish provided at the meeting by the Lyndale Neighborhood Association. Sound services provided at the meeting by Twin Town Guitars and the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, U of M.

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This forum is organized by the Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA) as part of a joint neighborhood voter-education and registration project called Nicollet Votes (a partnership with the Lyndale, Stevens Square, and Whittier neighborhood associations), with support from the Bryant Neighborhood Organization (BNO), Cedar Isles Dean Neighborhood Association (CIDNA), East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO), Fulton Neighborhood Association (FNA), and Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA). Additional partners still pending.

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The Kingfield Community Garden Group is a project of the nonprofit Kingfield Neighborhood Associationwhose mission is to create a network of gardens and access to fresh food throughout the neighborhood in south Minneapolis. “Community gardens work because people take mutual ownership of a space and are brought together because of it,” says Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Kingfield Neighborhood Association executive director. Read more!

Do you want to know more about how early play=later academic success? Are you grateful for the 30 minutes of recess Barton students get, but alarmed by the fact that most MPS students get HALF this amount of time for recess? Are you wondering what alternatives to test-based assessments exist, and how to advocate for them?

Then please join Barton Open School parent Kori Hennessy this Wednesday, October 1 from 6-8 p.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr., park in Minneapolis, 41st and Nicollet. Barton received a grant from a Boston-based group called Defending the Early Years, and is hosting an event to celebrate the idea that early play does lead to later academic success, and should be available for all children. Barton teacher Kristin Sonquist will be part of our panel of early childhood education (Pre K-3) and play experts, and everyone will leave with an action toolkit.

This event is FREE and childcare will be provided.

Free Super Saturdays at InnerCity Tennis, located on the corner of 40th and Nicollet, in Martin Luther King Jr. Park,

This free Super Saturday Program serves children ages 3-17. On average, 300 children and 80 volunteers participate each week.

The 2014-15 Super Saturday Program runs for 24 Saturdays from late September – April. Children ages 3-10 participate from 3:00 – 4:30pm and children ages 11- 18 participate from 4:30 – 6:00pm.

Same day registration for the program is completed at the tennis center, before the program begins. Children can join the program at any time.

For more information on the InnerCity Tennis Saturday Program, visit them on the web here.

circle_nicolletMajor Sponsors: The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross Blue Shield and City of Minneapolis Government.

Neighborhood Sponsors: Driftwood Char Bar, Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Pat’s Tap, and Nicollet Ace Hardware.

Street Sponsors: Five Watt Coffee, Dunn & Semington PrintingKyatchiHola Arepa, and the Hosmer Library World Music Series.

Block Sponsors: Alem ChiropracticGerhard’s Brats (MN Bratwerks, LLC), and The Aliveness Project.

Mini Sponsors: Sonny’s Ice CreamTRU PIZZA, Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School, Nicollet East Harriet Business Association (NEHBA), Solomon’s Porch, Showroom,Butter Bakery Cafe, BANGbang, InnerCity Tennis, State Farm Insurance – Tom Kilton, Blaisdell YMCA, Tracee Robinson Real Estate Company, PCC Carpet and Upholstery.

Nicollet Open Streets is organized by the Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) and Kingfield Neighborhood Association working in partnership with the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition.  If you enjoy events like this please ‘Like’ your nonprofit neighborhood association’s Facebook page to stay in touch!

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