June E-news

June 2021 E-News

Spring has Sprung here in Elliot Park!

EPNI Calendar for June

Thursday, June 17th - Building, Land Use, and Housing (BLUH) Meeting: 6-7:15PM • via Zoom
Join your neighbors in advocating for development that fits our community needs.  EPNI convenes the community at the Building, Land Use, and Housing (BLUH) meeting, where residents can review & give feedback on proposed changes to the neighborhood.  This month’s meeting will focus on resources for renters and will be posted one week prior to the meeting.

- Register in advance for the
 BLUH Meeting

Monday, June 21st - Board of Directors Meeting: 6-7:30PM • NCU - Centennial Hall
The EPNI Board of Directors meetings monthly, on the 3rd Monday of the month, at 6 PM.  Guests are welcome to attend and observe.  

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

- Register in advance for the Board Meeting


2021 Annual Meeting & Board Member Elections

Board Member Elections
Congratulations to the newly elected and re-elected to the EPNI Board of Directors. We look forward on working together to make Elliot Park the best place in Minneapolis!

  • Trent Redmann, NCU, re-elected

  • Chris DeLaurentis, Resident, re-elected

  • Jerry Dustrud, Resident, re-elected

  • Elizabeth Lyden, Catholic Charities, newly elected

2021 Annual Meeting
Thank you to those who were able to join us at the 2021 EPNI Annual Meeting. We expect this will be our last virtual annual meeting and look forward to gathering in person again soon. Missed the meeting? You can find the recording on our Facebook page, see our annual report here, and find the community vision here.

Please help us keep our work going by make a tax-deductible contribution today.


Missed the May BLUH meeting? We've got you covered!

egister here 
via Zoom for the next BLUH meeting on Thursday, June 17th at 6 PM.

At the May Building, Land Use, and Housing (BLUH) meeting, Vanessa Haight, EPNI Executive Director, introduced the draft Elliot Park Neighborhood Community Vision. We’d love your feedback! Visit elliotpark.org/vision to check out the document and share your thoughts.
Glen Johnson, BLUH Committee Chair, asked volunteers to join the newly-formed task force to explore a position on the Rethinking I-94 Project. Interested parties can contact EPNI at [email protected] or 612-335-5846 to get involved.
Newmann Thomas, Park Manager, shared summer updates about Elliot Park and Franklin Steele Park. The Elliot Park Recreation Center will remain closed throughout the summer. The building is scheduled to re-open in the fall.
Check out the meeting recording here!



 It’s park season!  Check out what’s happening at our neighborhood parks.

  • The Elliot Park Recreation Center will remain closed through this summer with plans to reopen in the fall. 

  • Outdoor programming will occur at both Elliot Park and Franklin Steele Park. 

  • Summer meal program for youth will be available at Elliot Park (Snack- 2-3 pm, Dinner-5-6pm) 

  • The Franklin Steele splash pad and Elliot Park wading pool will be up and running for Memorial Day weekend

  • Bathrooms will be available

Summer Park Events: 

  • July 1: New skate park opens

  • July 19: Movie in the Park (Jumanjii 2019)

  • July 20: MN Pops Quintet (6-7:30 pm)   

  • July 12 – 16: Survivor camp

  • August 16-20: Skate camp


Skate Park Announcement 

A fantastic new skate park will be opening in Elliot Park this year!  The premier street-style skate park will replace the original equipment installed in 2004 and will feature a skate-able seat wall, quarter pipe, rail and ledges.  The upgrade will also include environmentally friendly patio, pollinator lawn, and biofiltration basins.

A big shout out to Marlys Anderson, a former Elliot Park resident who was instrumental in engaging the skate park community & advocating for this project. See a full list of contributors & project details here: cityofskate.org. 

Stay tuned for a grand opening celebration of the updated Elliot Park Skate Park this Summer!


Minneapolis mask requirement remains in effect for all indoor public places

Mayor Frey kept Minneapolis’ mask requirement in place pending review of public health data and local vaccination rates. Private businesses, public transportation and other settings also have face covering requirements including Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan, which stays in effect requiring masks in schools through the end of the school year.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced May 13 that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can start doing many things they had stopped doing because of the pandemic. Gov. Walz has lifted Minnesota’s mask requirement while still strongly recommending Minnesotans who are not fully vaccinated wear face coverings indoors. These are still subject to local restrictions.


COVID-19 Emergency Rent and Utility Bill Assistance

If the pandemic has caused you hardship and you need help catching up on your rent or utility bills, you may be eligible for Minnesota’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance. Eligible Minneapolis renters can receive help with rent and utility bills dated on or after March 13, 2020. If you qualify, you could receive up to 15 months of total assistance.

While you can’t be evicted for not paying rent during Gov. Walz’s executive order, rent is still due. When the order is lifted, people owing unpaid rent could be at risk for eviction.

Apply now for RentHelpMN
To apply for RentHelpMN or find more information, visit renthelpmn.org or call 211. The 211 helpline has dedicated multilingual staff available to answer questions about RentHelpMN 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

In Minneapolis, you can apply through renthelpmn.org, 211 or one of these community partners:

  • Comunidades Latinos Unidos en Servico (CLUES) Assistance in Spanish 651-362-0162

  • New American Development Center (NADC) Assistance in Somali, Oromo and Amharic 612-823-0180

  • NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center 612-767-9198


Watch recording from transforming community safety learning lab

All community members are invited to see the recording of the Minneapolis Office of Violence Prevention learning lab on transforming community safety from May 6. This kickoff for the learning lab series featured Anthony Smith, the executive director of Cities United, a national organization focused on reducing homicides and shootings; Office of Violence Prevention Director Sasha Cotton; and a Q&A period.

Smith provided an overview of violence prevention approaches for cities that incorporate proven on-the-ground violence prevention, intervention and healing strategies and policy solutions. Cities United is committed to supporting cities, their elected officials, their violence prevention staff, young people, community partners and other national partners in their efforts to do that. Cotton presented about Minneapolis’ public health approach to break the cycle of violence.

Watch the recording and presentations on the City website, and share the link

About the Transforming Community Safety Learning Lab Series

The series will feature partners and national experts in violence prevention and other areas related to transforming community safety. The series will:

Provide information about relevant research, evidence-informed practices, practice-based evidence, promising practices, and innovative solutions and models for community safety from around the country.

  • Offer information and inspiration about what may be possible with reimagining community safety.

  • Create deeper understanding of some of the existing community safety models and practices we have locally that we can build on.

Watch the City website for future sessions in the series


Hennepin County Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off

Just a reminder, the first drop off event is at the3 end of June! Community household hazardous waste collection events are for residents to safely and properly dispose of unwanted paints, chemicals and more. Three collection events will be held in Minneapolis from 9 AM – 4 PM. 

  • June 25-26: Pillsbury Elementary School (2250 Garfield St NE)

  • July 30-31: Anthony Middle School (5757 Irving Ave S)

  • August 13-14: South High School (3131 19th Ave S)

Residents must wear masks and remain in their vehicles.  Visit the household hazardous waste collection event webpage to learn what items will be accepted and to review safety guidelines.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Hennepin Healthcareaeon

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