First Ward May Newsletter

Ward 1 News from Minneapolis Council Member Kevin Reich
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May 2015

CONTACT INFORMATION

Kevin Reich
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-673-2201

Email:
kevin.reich@minneapolismn.gov

Neighborhoods

Audubon Park
Columbia Park
Como
Holland
Logan Park
Marshall Terrace
Mid-City Industrial
Northeast Park
Waite Park
Windom Park

Council Member's Message

May is always a big month for Northeast Minneapolis as Art-A-Whirl, the signature event of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, brings art and energy to the community May 15 - 17. Check out the story below for more details about this year's Art-A-Whirl.

This month also brings the grand opening celebration of Edison High School's renovated athletic field. Join us on Tuesday, May 19, at 3:30 p.m. at the field adjacent to Edison High School, 700 22nd Avenue NE to learn more about the exciting partnership between the Minnesota Vikings, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, Minneapolis Public Schools and the Edison Community & Sports Foundation that has resulted in the greenest athletic field in the state.  

This project, which comprises Phase II of the Green Campus initiative, has completely renovated Pete Guzy Field to turn it into a green and sustainable athletic field that's not only safe for young people to play on, but also protects our natural resources. Thanks to generous grants from the Minnesota Vikings, LISC, and MWMO, the field has been regraded, and sodded, along with the installation of new drain tile and goal posts. Engineered soil amendments and a capillary retention system will ensure strong, healthy turf that can take maximum advantage of available water, while avoiding the health concerns associated with artificial turf. Rainwater will be diverted from the nearby gym roof to collect in cisterns and storage tanks for irrigation of the playing field, as well as feed nearby rain gardens. At the same time MPS has installed a brand new track to support Edison's burgeoning cross country and track programs.

Perhaps most exciting of all, this area is being transformed into a living classroom that will allow Edison students and the surrounding community to learn about sustainable stormwater management.

I hope you will join us on Tuesday, May 19, to learn more about this innovative project. As part of the occasion, current and alumni Vikings players wil be hosting a football mini clinic for Edison students and other interested young people. This fun, interactive event will be followed by a soccer scrimmage between Edison High School teams. Stay tuned for more details.

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