August 2023 E-News

Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc.

EPNI August Calendar  


Monday, August 1st - National Night Out w/DMNA
5-8pm • The Commons Park, 325 Portland Ave
DMNA, our neighbor to the north, is hosting National Night Out with free food and activities. All are welcome.


Saturday, August 12th - Party on the Block
Noon-5pm • E Grant Street and Park Ave
Join Lutunji's Palate, North Central University, and EPNI on August 12th, Noon-5pm for FREE food and entertainment as we celebrate the Elliot Park community! 

Monday, August 21st
 - Board of Directors Meeting

6-7:30pm • At North Central University, 1410 Elliot Ave and Via Zoom
The EPNI Board of Directors will hold its monthly meeting. All are welcome to attend in person or via Zoom. 

Do you have a suggestion or question for a board member? Email [email protected] and someone will get back to you soon!

New Exec Director Wako

New Executive Director

Our new Executive Director, Wako, started at EPNI in July. Look for an introduction post soon! Wako will be at our upcoming Board meeting and Meet and Greet events we have in the works.

More to come soon!

Rethinking 94

Rethinking I-94 - Public Input Needed

The I-94 corridor from the edge of Elliot Park to near downtown St. Paul is currently under discussion about what its future should be.

MnDOT wants to hear your perspective on the initial range of alternatives for Rethinking I-94. Your voice  will help shape the alternatives and the future  of the corridor. Participate in a survey at

Car Driver

Proposed Uber and Lyft Driver Ordinance

The City Council is currently seeking input on a proposed ordinance affecting Uber and Lyft drivers.

The full text of the policy is available hereYou can leave your comments and attend scheduled info sessions.

Drivers: August 2nd 6-7:30 at East Phillips Community Center (2307 17th Ave S.) Includes translation in Somali, Oromo, Amharic, and Spanish.

Everyone: August 3rd 6-7:30 at Minneapolis Public Service Building (505 4th Ave S.) Room 100, online, and recorded.

Public hearing: August 8th at 1:30pm at Minneapolis City Hall (350 4th St S) Room 317

Send comment to: and refer to File Number 2023-00044

Boulevard Trees Need Water

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is reminding people to water nearby boulevard trees. We've had some recent rain, but conditions are still very dry overall this summer.

If it's a recently planted tree, it may have a tree watering bag. Otherwise, run a hose or bring a bucket of water to the tree and slowly give it water. Once a week watering makes a big difference!

Seeking New Board Members

Are you interested in supporting Elliot Park? The EPNI Board has 3 vacancies, which we're hoping to fill this summer. You can view the application and details here. These terms would be to finish an existing 2-year seat. We'll hold full-term elections at our Annual Business Meeting in September.

If you have additional questions about what we do, please reach out! We can get you connected with a current Board member to talk about what work we've done, what we're excited about this year, and how we're planning on supporting our new Executive Director to make our Community Vision happen! 

Wading Pools & Splashpads are Open

The wading pool at Elliot Park and the splashpad at Franklin Steele Park are open for the season! You can check the status of these, and any city pools, for the season on the Pools, Splashpads, Water Parks Status Page throughout the summer. 


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 updates.

To learn more about the Mobile Market, please visit



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