Ward 1 August Newsletter

Ward 1 News from Minneapolis Council Member Kevin Reich
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August 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

City of Lakes

Council Member's Message

September 19 is Community Garden Day in Minneapolis and many of our local community gardens will have special tours and events that day, inviting the public to admire the harvest. However,the First Ward's community gardens are very much in evidence right now and some are getting an additional burst of visibility by incorporating art among the plantings.

Cultivate NE

Artist Lila Smith and the Southeast Como neighborhood have embraced the idea of combining art and agriculture through their beautiful and ambitious utility box project (see details below). Art continues to pop up at Cultivate Northeast, the permaculture demonstration garden at the corner of Central and Lowry in the Windom Park neighborhood, as well. Last year, artist Chank Diesel and a host of volunteers created two large murals to surround the garden in color. This year, thanks to Diesel and Recovery Bike Shop, brightly colored bicycle wheels have been rolled in to create a sculptural effect.

Both of these eye-catching projects are outstanding examples of community members, stakeholders and local businesses partnering to transform our urban environment in unique and exciting ways.

These gardens are just some of the many community gardens tucked away in the First Ward. Perhaps the longest-established is Marshall Terrace's Community Garden and Tree Nursery. Columbia Park neighborhood features two gardens: Gateway Park, which features a railroad-style water tower and beds laid out in a circular pattern, and Alley Cat Garden, which was established in 2010.

The Waite Park neighborhood established a community garden on leased railroad land in 1997. Seventy-one people garden  here each summer and the group hosts events throughout the season. The Holland neighborhood also has a community garden on leased railroad land, on the north side of 26th Avenue. And the Southeast Como neighborhood boasts a total of six community gardens, including the two highlighted below.

For more information about community gardens in general, the upcoming Community Garden Day, and other gardening resources, check out http://www.gardeningmatters.org/.

 

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