April 2024 E-News

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"Be like a tree. Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf. Bend before you break. Enjoy your unique natural beauty. Keep growing.” — Joanne Raptis

EPNI April Calendar

Thursday, April 11th - Neighborhood Vitality & Land Use Joint Committee Meeting
6:30-8:00pm • At Elliot Park Rec Center, 1000 E. 14th Ave., or participate via Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89481909865 

*Come early at 6pm to enjoy some free food & give your input to MPRB on Elliot Park improvements!

Please note the date change: The April meeting was moved to Thursday, 4/11, in observance of our neighbors celebrating Eid on April 9th/10th. Starting in May, the joint committee meeting will be moved to the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 6:30pm-8:00pm.

ALL are welcome to join the newly merged EPNI Neighborhood Vitality & Land Use Committee at its next monthly meeting, to bring your ideas and and connect with your neighbors. This new merged committee structure creates your "one-stop shop" for Elliot Park Neighborhood involvement with new and ongoing neighborhood projects in service to our shared Elliot Park community. At the April 11th meeting:

- The Neighborhood Vitality Committee will review updates for upcoming spring neighborhood events and continue overall 2024 project priorities planning, including development of a possible neighborhood transformative justice learning, community capacity-building & walking group. 

- The Land Use & Transportation Committee will review current Elliot Park infrastructure and transportation projects and share input as the LUT Committee continues to shape its 2024 priorities around neighborhood developments and infrastructure projects, housing and tenant needs and issues, and transportation issues, like pedestrian safety.

Bring your voice -- ALL are welcome! Questions or want to learn more? Contact [email protected] or call/text (612) 234-2280. See you there!

Monday, April 15th - Monthly Board of Directors Meeting
6:00-7:30pm • At North Central University, 1400 Elliot Aveor participate via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84658175303 

Your voice matters, and your insights are invaluable. Join us to stay informed, share your ideas, and help shape the future of our community. Together, we can make our neighborhood an even better place to live. ALL are welcome -- see you there!

April & May Neighborhood Events for a CLEANER, GREENER Elliot Park!                                        (see below EPNI Updates for project & event details):

• Saturday, April 20th - Elliot Park Earth Day Neighborhood Cleanup - Sign Up HERE! 

9:30am-12:00pm • At Elliot Park Rec Center, 1000 E. 14th Ave. 

• Friday, April 26th - Elliot Park Canopy Project: Arbor Day - MORNING Tree Planting - Sign Up HERE!  

9:00am-12:00pm • At Franklin Steele Park, 1600 S. Portland Ave. 

• Friday, April 26th - Elliot Park Canopy Project: Arbor Day - AFTERNOON Tree Planting - Sign Up HERE!         

1:00pm-4:00pm • At Franklin Steele Park, 1600 S. Portland Ave.

• Saturday, May 11th - Elliot Park Canopy Project: Neighborhood Day Celebration & Tree Planting - Sign Up HERE!     

9:00am-12:00pm • At Elliot Park Rec Center, 1000 E. 14th Ave. 

Come celebrate City-wide NEIGHBORHOOD DAY: plant trees, enjoy food & yard games with your neighbors and learn what EPNI, your Elliot Park neighborhood org, can do for you!

SAVE THE DATE: Monday, May 20th - EPNI Annual Social & Board Elections - ALL are welcome!  (see below EPNI Updates for more info about running for the Board!)

6:00-8:00pm  At Hennepin Healthcare Clinic & Specialty Center, Stillman Community Room, Level 1, 715 S 8th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Free parking available in the Hennepin Healthcare Clinic underground garage; enter on Park Ave. between 8th and 9th Streets; and take the elevator to the first floor for the event.

ALL are welcome! Come join your neighbors to celebrate Elliot Park, hear EPNI's annual report, and vote in the Board election. Interested in learning more about volunteer Board Service to the Elliot Park neighborhood? We'd be glad to talk with you more about it! Contact EPNI at [email protected] or call/text us at (612) 234-2280.

Do you have a suggestion or question for Elliot Park Neighborhood Inc.? Email [email protected] or text / call (612) 234-2280 and we will get back to you soon!


April Community Calendar 

Monday, April 1st - Ward 6 City Councilmember Jamal Osman Community Office Hours   

3:00-4:00pm  At Lutunji's Palate, 1400 Park. Ave S. #1010

Monday, April 29th - Ward 6 City Councilmember Jamal Osman Community Office Hours

3:00-4:00pm • At Lutunji's Palate, 1400 Park. Ave S. #1010

Come have a chat with your Ward 6 Councilmember Jamal Osman - The first & last Monday of each month, 3-4pm!

EPNI Updates

April is time for Spring Cleaning & Greening in Elliot Park!

Spring Cleaning - Elliot Park Earth Day Neighborhood Cleanup: Join us Saturday, April 20th, 9:30a-noon!

Spring Cleaning Time is HERE in Elliot Park: Come celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 20th, 9:30am-12:00pm, with your neighbors by getting outside and cleaning up and caring for our Elliot Park neighborhood! Meet up at Elliot Park Rec Center, 1000 E. 14th Street to enjoy some free breakfast (bring your refillable water bottle to be filled up by TapMpls!) and get your supplies to pitch in and beautify our neighborhood we love. Thanks to our event co-sponsors: MPRB-Elliot Park & TapMpls! 

Bring your friends and neighbors -- the more, the merrier! Questions? Contact us at [email protected] or call/text us at (612) 234-2280.

Spring Greening - 2024 Elliot Park Canopy Tree Planting Project: Join us on Arbor Day, Fri. 4/26 & Neighborhood Day, Sat. 5/11!

The Mpls DID and EPNI are partnering to plant up to 200 trees in the Elliot Park Neighborhood this April & May, and we are looking for volunteers! Tree planting and tree care opportunities will be available throughout the Spring and Summer.

Overall Project Description

The Elliot Park One Tree Planted project is a partnership between the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District and the Elliot Park Neighborhood Inc and is funded by the One Tree Planted urban forestry fund. This project aims to plant up to 250 trees in the Elliot Park neighborhood in 2024, increasing tree canopy cover in an area of historic injustice and ensuring all Minneapolis residents have access to the numerous benefits of trees. The success of this project relies greatly on community support and engagement and volunteer opportunities for tree planting, tree care, and neighborhood outreach are available for 2024 and beyond. 

Tree Planting Event Description

Break ground on the Elliot Park One Tree Planted project and volunteer to plant with us!  Each event will start with an orientation on proper tree planting before groups are dispersed to plant in different zones across the neighborhood. Volunteer activities will include digging holes, planting trees, watering trees, and applying mulch. It takes a team of 6 people approximately an hour to plant 4 trees, so bring your friends!

Interested? Check out this map of planting sites and Sign Up below to volunteer at any of these three Spring Tree Planting neighborhood events: training & free food, TapMpls water provided!

Friday, April 26th - Elliot Park Canopy Project: Arbor Day - MORNING Tree Planting - Sign Up HERE!         

9:00am-12:00pm • At Franklin Steele Park, 1600 S. Portland Ave. 

Friday, April 26th - Elliot Park Canopy Project: Arbor Day - AFTERNOON Tree Planting - Sign Up HERE!   

1:00pm-4:00pm • At Franklin Steele Park, 1600 S. Portland Ave.

Saturday, May 11th - Elliot Park Canopy Project: Neighborhood Day Celebration & Tree Planting - Sign Up HERE! 

9:00am-12:00pm • At Elliot Park Rec Center, 1000 E. 14th Ave.

In addition to tree planting, come celebrate City-wide NEIGHBORHOOD DAY: plant trees, enjoy food & yard games with your neighbors and learn what EPNI, your Elliot Park neighborhood org, can do for you!

Email Jessica at [email protected] with questions or for more information.

SAVE THE DATE! EPNI Annual Social & Board Elections: 5/20, 6-8pm:

 Celebrate with your neighbors, hear EPNI's annual report and elect & run for the Board!  

If you live or work in Elliot Park, Your Vote = Your Voice!

Several full and partial-term resident board seats available -- EPNI is stronger with a broader representation of voices -- Consider running for the Board! 

Description of EPNI Board

The Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc. (EPNI) is a nonprofit neighborhood organization in the southeast corner of downtown Minneapolis. EPNI focuses on addressing community issues, improving safety, and influencing development.

The EPNI Board of Directors sets priorities and the budget for the organization, while the Executive Director and staff implement programs. The Board is made up of residents (up to 10) and community organization Directors (up to 6) with a total membership of up to 15 Directors. Terms are 3 years long, elected at the September meeting. Vacant seats may also be filled by interested applicants.

Meetings are held the third Monday of the month, 6-7:30pm in a hybrid setting: in person at the Elliot Park Rec Center, and on Zoom. These meetings follow Robert’s Rules of Order with motions and votes to approve policies. The aim of the Board is to make meetings accessible to all and explain all procedures for guests or new members.

The work of the Board often occurs through committees. As of April 2024, the committees are Land Use & Transportation, Neighborhood Vitality, and Executive. The current joint meeting schedule for the Land Use & Transportation and Neighborhood Vitality committees is the 2nd Wednesday of the month, from 6:30-8:00pm at the Elliot Park Rec Center.  The Executive Committee meeting schedule will be confirmed after the election of new Directors, but will also typically meet monthly. Directors are asked to be part of at least one committee.

Want to learn more about leading change in Elliot Park neighborhood through Board service? We'd love to connect with you to answer your questions. Reach out to us to get your Board service questions answered at [email protected] or call/text us at (612) 234-2280.

2024 Elliot Park Quick Resident Survey: 5 Questions, 10 Minutes --  Let YOUR Voice Be Heard - Survey HERE!

"There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about." – Margaret J. Wheatley

City & Community Updates

MPRB: Elliot Park & Rec Center CORNER

Elliot Park Playground & Park Improvements SURVEY

And join the resident focus group on Thursday, April 11th, 6pm, at Elliot Park Rec Center: Enjoy some free food & give your input to MPRB on Elliot Park improvements! (And then stay on for the EPNI Neighborhood Vitality and Land Use & Transportation Joint Committee meeting, starting at 6:30pm.)


BACKGROUND on Elliot Park Improvements:

Beginning 2024, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) has funding to make park improvements to Elliot Park. Staff will be using the park plan design developed in 2017 as part of the Downtown Service Area Master Plan (DSAMP) as a framework for the work, and engagement this spring will inform next steps in the priorities and design.

MPRB is aware that safety concerns have arisen due to recent illicit activities happening on the east side of the park. Staff anticipates using these funds to activate the park and support increased safety.

Elliot Park Improvements Survey:

Sahanka Hagaajinta Beerta Elliot - Af-Soomaali:

We want to hear from you about what you want to see improved on the east side of the park in 2024 and 2025!

Take the Elliot Park Improvement Survey HERE!

Halkan ka qaad Sahanka Hagaajinta Elliot Park!

Check out the Elliot Park project page for more information: www.minneapolisparks.org/elliotpark  

Spring Break @Elliot Park!

All programs open to the public ages 10 and up unless otherwise notated. Please call Henry Huber at 612-456-9793 or Elliot Park at 612-370-4772 for more information. Below is more info on some Spring Break @ Elliot Park highlights:

Elliot Park Field Day

Come join Elliot park for fun games and activities on the park field! Open to all youth from 7-17! Youthline staff from MPRB will be there to lead kids in cooperative activities and friendly competition!

Bowling Trip

Knock em down with Elliot Park! Join Youthline Staff for a trip to Flaherty’s Arden Bowl for an afternoon of bowling! Ages 10-14 Welcome. Please bring own money if you wish for arcade games. 1pm-5pm

Register HERE at https://www.minneapolisparks.org/activities-events/ OR call Henry, Youth Program Coordinator: (612) 456-9793 to register or get more info!

What is Youthline?

Youthline is a youth enrichment track through MPRB that focuses on Teens and Tweens. Youthline staff lead activities on and off park sites with an emphasis on mentorship, youth leadership, life skills learning, and outdoor education adventures. Learn more and find participating sites at minneapolisparks.org and search Youthline.

Follow Elliot park and get updates on city wide Youthline events on Instagram



Got a great idea for adult programming you'd like to see at Elliot Park Rec Center? Let the park know: (612) 370-4772.

City of Minneapolis Opioid Survey

Opioid Response Team: Take our community survey

The City of Minneapolis has received approximately $18M in settlement funds to address the opioid epidemic in our city. Opioids include pain relievers, heroin, and fentanyl. Misuse of opioids can lead to addiction, overdoses, and even death. Minneapolis is about 7% of the state’s population, but it accounts for 22% of all opioid-related deaths.

We’d like your feedback on how to best support our community. Take our quick 15-minute survey to
share your thoughts on:

 Unmet needs
 Barriers to get services
 How you would like us to use the money

Click HERE to take the survey.

City of Minneapolis Notice: 45-Day Public Comment Period - Proposed NRP Policy Change

This 45-day public comment period, as authorized by the NRP Policy Board, in regards to updating the NRP Policy on housing expenditures.  Currently, the NRP Phase 2 program funds must be spent on housing related activities due to Minnesota State NRP Law. After detailed research, both the Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) and Development Finance Division (DFD) of the Finance and Property Services Department have determined the program as a whole will meet the state law threshold of 52.5% of all NRP funding to be expended on housing related activities. Therefore, the NRP Policy Board has initiated a 45-day public comment period to receive feedback on removing this policy restriction.

Essentially, this action would allow neighborhood organizations the ability to move all of their remaining funds into any approved neighborhood strategy. Compliance with the housing expenditure restriction would be removed.

Click HERE to read a memorandum further explaining the actions being updated. Please send any comments by May 8, 2024 as the NRP Policy Board will vote on this action on May 9, 2024.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out directly to Steven Gallagher, Neighborhood Program Manager, City of Minneapolis – Neighborhood and Community Relations: Office: 612.673.2905 l Cell: 612.518.8743 or Email: [email protected]

Ongoing Notices & Opportunities:

Updates on the 11th Ave. S. Resurfacing Project, from the 3/26 hearing:

Public Works held a Pre-Public Hearing Meeting at 2:00pm on Tuesday, March 26th at the Elliot Park Recreation Center, to review questions property owners and residents might have regarding the upcoming 11thAve S Resurfacing project (map HERE) and related assessments, following Assessment letters mailed to affected residents last month. At the hearing, updates were shared about how the Assessments were calculated for this project: 

Assessments =   $498,817

Project cost =     $527,041 pavement

                                $30,000 thermoplastic lane marking and images

Additionally, ADA pedestrian ramps will be included, paid for by the city (not by assessments) to bring them up to legal standards.

Questions can be directed to Hazel Wolf, Supervisor Engineering Technician I (She/her/hers), at 612-772-2524 or by email at [email protected].

Rethinking 94: Share Your Input 

Food Shelf Generalist Volunteers Still Needed to Support Agate's Shelf of Hope

By becoming a Food Shelf Generalist, you are joining hands with a team of people who believe that all human beings deserve food and their basic needs met. You work directly with the people you are helping, face-to-face, building a caring and connective community. Every week, we serve over 100 families and individuals from Elliot Park and the surrounding communities.

After a tragic fire and a year of repairs, the Shelf of Hope food shelf has returned with a wide-open room that is set up like a grocery store. It's open at 10:00AM on Wednesdays for all to come inside and pick out what they want!  We're looking for people to help serve their community on Mondays (prep, 8:30a-1:00pm) and Wednesdays (open hours, 8:30am-2:00pm) at the Shelf of Hope, 714 Park Ave.

Volunteers must pass a background check, and be interviewed, and receive staff approval before starting. More details HERE. If you are interested, contact the Volunteer Manager: Noah Chan | 612 327 6389 | [email protected]

Want a free ride & a cleaner bus stop?  Adopt-a-Stop!

WHAT: Individuals and groups can "adopt" a Metro Transit bus stop to help keep it clean and cared for, and alert Metro Transit staff to special maintenance needs and reporting vandalism or suspicious activity. 

WHY: Help everyone have a safer ride experience and and get 10 free rides each month!

HOWLearn more and apply online for Metro Transit Adopt-A-Stop program HERE.

Want to partner through EPNI to Adopt-a-Stop? Come talk about it at the March Land Use & Transportation committee meeting, or contact us at [email protected] or text/call 612-234-2280.

Microgrants Available to Support People Living with Disabilities

If you are a person living with a certified disability, and you have an idea for a housing or employment-related goal, you can apply for a MN DHS & The Principal Foundation $500 microgrant to help you achieve your goal! Because the popular program is limited to 25 mini grants per month, it's best to apply at the beginning of the month.  Applications will be accepted from individuals or from their staff, family, friends or supporters. Learn more about the kinds of goals mini-grants can help with, and program limits, and apply HERE, at the Arc Minnesota Microgrant Partnership page.   

How to Get Your COVID-19, Flu & RSV Vaccines This Year 

Immunizations are available this fall and winter in the United States that can help protect against three major respiratory diseases: COVID-19, flu and RSV. Immunization against these viruses remains the best protection for reducing the risk of serious illness, hospitalizations, long-term health impacts and death.

Recommendations for these immunizations vary based on age, pregnancy status or medical conditions.

To find flu and COVID-19 vaccines, visit vaccines.govTo learn more, including how to find recommended immunizations, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.


EPNI Renter's Corner

311: Did You Know . . .?

311 is the remote access point for ALL non-emergency info & service requests

You can call 311 to:

- Report and get resolution to problems, and follow up on the status of issues

Remember - there are power in numbers. If a number of affected neighbors call 311 about the same issue, it may speed up response time.

- Find out about City services

- Get other city-related information

It's easy and accessible! Ways to contact 311:

- Call 311 / TTY: 612-263-6850: Monday-Friday, 7am-7pm

- Email: [email protected] 

- Text 311 or get the 311 mobile app 

If you need immediate emergency assistance, contact 911.

Report rental issues to 311

Contact 311 to report rental housing issues or speak to a housing liaison. You can also track complaints online on the 311 property complaint dashboard.

Shop the Mobile Market!

The Twin Cities Mobile Market continues on Wednesdays! You can find the bus at 1515 Park Ave. All are welcome to stop by and shop. The market has beautiful and affordable produce, meat, dairy, bread, and more.

You can view the full schedule here on the Park Center Hi-Rise site. Sign up for text updatesTo learn more about the Mobile Market, please visit thefoodgroupmn.org/twin-cities-mobile-market/.





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