Unfortunately, the annual MLK Park Ice Cream Social is being cancelled. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s policy requires that facilities close if the heat index rises to a level that does not allow people to be able to cool down in non-air conditioned facilities. We hope the event is rescheduled, but do not have any information at this time. In the meantime, please stay hydrated!!
We have 2 fun projects planned to help our bees: Bee Hotels and a Pollinator Patch
KINGFIELD BEE HOTELS – Learn More at Tonight’s Green Team Meeting! 7pm at MLK Park
Similar to bird houses, bee hotels (or bee houses) are created structures that provide safe haven and nesting spots for solitary bees – many species of native bees are solitary and do not live in hives but instead construct their own nest. We can brainstorm construction ideas and create a plan to place them (and care for them) at the new MLK Park Pollinator Patch, the Kingfield Pleasant Community Garden, and at Butter Bakery Café.
MLK PARK POLLINATOR PATCH
We are hoping to add a small native pollinator-friendly garden, but we need a core group of volunteers to help plant, but most important, I have to show that the volunteers are also committed to maintaining the plants throughout the summer and fall. If you are interested, send an e-mail to Cheryl@Kingfield.org for more information.
Would you like to help provide another location for our friendly pollinators to visit and thrive in the Kingfield Neighborhood? With the help of Minneapolis Parks, we are going to add a native pollinator patch to the southside of the MLK Park Recreation Center, under the mosaics that were placed on the wall. Want to learn more, and maybe even volunteer to help? Come to the community meeting on Wednesday, May 30th at 6:30pm at MLK Park! We will see a list of plants that are being provided, and look at dates for clearing the space and then planting the new native pollinators. We will need teams of folks that want to plant, as well as care-givers to monitor and help the patch throughout the summer.
Interested in helping, but can’t make it Wednesday night? Send an e-mail to Cheryl@Kingfield.org to be placed on the list of helpers!
Two free gardening classes are back at MLK Park this spring and summer, led by friendly Hennepin County Master Gardeners.
Want to learn how to grow vegetables? Vegetable Growing Basics is for beginning gardeners or anyone needing a refresher class. Sign-up for the free class offered by the University of Minnesota Master Gardener Program, held at MLK Park, beginning April 3rd. Classes are on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00pm. This is a four-week program (4/3, 4/10, 4/17, and 4/24, 2018) that covers how to start, design, plant, and maintain your garden. Classes are free and open to adults 18 and older, but interested teens are welcome to attend with a parent. The class is hands-on, and meets outdoors at the raised garden beds at the northwest corner of MLK Park, 40th and Nicollet.