Minnehaha-Hiawatha Community Works - Program Update

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October 16, 2014



Robb Luckow
Project Manager

Lisa Middag


This project is a collaboration to improve economic vitality and quality of life in the Minnehaha-Hiawatha corridor by leveraging resources to support mobility, economic development, improved natural systems, and enhanced tax base.

Learn more at www.minnehaha-hiawatha.com

Minnehaha Avenue street enhancements

As part of the reconstruction of Minnehaha Avenue, Minnehaha-Hiawatha Community Works is exploring ways to enhance the overall environment and experience of the street. 

Amenities like new bike racks, planters, waste bins, benches, and signage can contribute to a unified visual identity for the area. These streetscape elements would be installed in conjunction with new lighting and buffered bike lanes during reconstruction.

Find out more at the Community Works table before the Longfellow Community Council's Resource Fair, which takes place before their 6 p.m. annual meeting:

Tuesday, October 21, 5 to 6 p.m. (resource fair)
Minnehaha Academy, North Campus
3100 West River Parkway, Minneapolis

Comment on Hennepin County's bicycle plan

Bike Plan

Hennepin County’s draft 2040 bicycle plan is out for public comment through December 5, 2014. By adding 536 miles of bike lanes, protected bike lanes, cycle tracks, trails and shoulders to the existing 651-mile system, the plan envisions a robust on- and off-street bikeway system that promotes physical activity, safety, quality of life, and community vitality. 

The plan also emphasizes a bicycle network that serves people of all ages and abilities and complements other transportation modes.

Join us for open houses and other public events on October 21, November 5, or November 13 to learn more about the bike plan and to comment in person.  Comments may also be sent to bikeplan@hennepin.us

38th Street planned for reconstruction

The City of Minneapolis is planning to reconstruct 38th Street between Minnehaha and Hiawatha avenues in 2016.  

This important four-block stretch provides access to the 38th Street LRT station and neighborhoods on either side of Hiawatha, but is not friendly for bikers, pedestrians, and transit users. The road is in poor condition and the area lacks lighting and trees. 

The city is considering several road concepts that include new bike lanes, grassy boulevards, and street lightingFor more information on the project, check the City of Minneapolis project web site. 

38th Street

Choose to Reuse

Hennepin County's Choose to Reuse coupons offer great deals on quality products while protecting the environment. Coupons are valid through October 31, 2014 at local reuse retailers.

Get them on your mobile devices by downloading the free Chinook Book® app or pick up a free coupon book at participating retailersHennepin County service centers, Hennepin County libraries, and some Three Rivers Park District and Minneapolis Parks and Recreation locations.

New trees and better intersections for Hiawatha Avenue

42nd Improvements

The county, in cooperation with MnDOT and the City of Minneapolis, has completed initial work to make Hiawatha Avenue a friendlier place for pedestrians and bicyclists. 

Infrastructure and landscaping upgrades include:

  • 44 new ADA ramps, 15 enhanced crosswalks, and 30 accessible signal push buttons that improve intersections for pedestrians and persons with disabilities
  • 350 trees from 16 species that support better air and water quality and overall aesthetics
  • Closing a two-block gap in the local bike network, which increases access to area schools and local businesses

Apply for Green Partners grants by October 24

Green Partners

The county's Green Partners environmental education program provides resources, training and funding to organizations, schools and park districts to implement environmental engagement projects.

We are seeking projects that help those who live, work and play in Hennepin County reduce waste, increase recycling, reduce toxicity and climate change pollution and protect air and water quality. Grants of up to $15,000 are available.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 24.  Learn more and apply. For more information or to get feedback on project ideas, contact Patience Caso at patience.caso@hennepin.us or 612-348-9352.