Then we need your help… Friday night, October 5th, the Kingfield Neighborhood Association, with support from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, will have a free family bon(ding) fire at MLK Park, complete with s’mores (that’s where you come in) and warm apple cider. We are looking for 4-6 adults to volunteer to help kids coordinate the s’mores making materials, from 6-9pm. Please send us an e-mail if you can help: info@Kingfield.org
September 13th and 20th, from 6:30pm-9pm at Martin Luther King Jr Park Recreation Center
Calling Kingfield Orchard Caretakers! Interested in learning more about trees and being part of the Tree Team for the new Kingfield Orchard in MLK Park? Want to learn how to identify tree species in your neighborhood and implement proper pruning practices? Come attend the Citizen Pruner Volunteer training led by the University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Forestry Department.
At this two session training you’ll learn tree ID, restricted species, fundamentals of pruning, and receive hands-on field practice. Training will focus on common species, and will include a fruit tree specific component. With over 100 new trees planted in MLK Park this spring we have a lot of examples to work with!
All pruning equipment will be provided for the training. After training you’ll be able to sign-up as part of the Kingfield Tree Team and attend pruning events throughout Minneapolis where you can apply these skills and help your community’s trees. Citizen Pruners are responsible for submitting 10 volunteer hours a year or attending 3 city-hosted events and must recertify every 3 years by completing an updated recertification assessment.
Be the Lorax; speak for the trees! Register today!!
Cost: $25 (If financial assistance is needed, contact Calli at CCloutier@minneapolisparks.org)
To register now contact: Calli at CCloutier@minneapolisparks.org
For more information: http://www.mntca.umn.edu/citizen-pruner/minneapolis-citizen-pruner
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!