March 2024 E-News

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"We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

EPNI March Calendar

Thursday, March 7th - Coalition for Elliot Park - Public Safety Forum - Sign up HERE!
6:00-8:00pm • At Elliot Park Rec Center, 1000 E. 14th Ave.

*Please email your advance questions for the panel to [email protected] by March 5th.*

(Please note the date change: This event has been rescheduled from its original date of February 27th at 2pm.)

The Coalition for Elliot Park began forming in late 2023, as a collaboration of neighborhood partner organizations focused on community-led efforts supporting community safety. It's newly established Vision is as follows:

"The Coalition for Elliot Park is a group of organizations, businesses, and residents surrounding Elliot Park and acting as bridge builders to create connection, community, and safety in the Elliot Park Neighborhood."

Community members are welcome to join this Forum to learn more about the Coalition's early visioning and goal-setting work; and to join a platform for neighbors to engage in meaningful discussions about safety concerns and co-create solutions in Elliot Park.

Ask questions of panel presenters, including Ward 6 Councilmember Jamal Osman; and leaders from Minneapolis Police Dept. (MPD) 1st Precinct, MPRB 4th Dist. Commissioner, MPRB Community Connections and Minneapolis Parks Police Dept. (MPPD). Share your voice and input on your experiences, what you'd like to see to help support a safer and more well connected Elliot Park. 

To request interpreting services or accommodations for this event, please contact [email protected]. Si aad u codsato turjubaan ama waafajin, fadlan la xiriir [email protected].

Questions or want to learn more? Contact: [email protected] or call/text (612) 234-2280.

Tuesday, March 12th - Neighborhood Vitality Committee Meeting
7:00-8:30pm • At Elliot Park Rec Center, 1000 E. 14th Ave. or participate via Zoom:

ALL are welcome to join the newly organized EPNI Neighborhood Vitality Committee at its next monthly meeting, to connect with your neighbors, bring your ideas, and get involved in upcoming neighborhood projects in service to Elliot Park!

The March 12th meeting agenda includes: reviewing updates for upcoming spring neighborhood events, debriefing the March 7th Public Safety Forum, and continuing overall 2024 project priorities planning, including development of a possible neighborhood restorative/transformative justice learning & walking group. Guest presenter TBD.

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, March 18th - Monthly Board of Directors Meeting
6:00-7:30pm • At North Central University, 1400 Elliot Aveor participate via Zoom: 

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!

Thursday, March 21st - Land Use & Transportation Committee Meeting
6:00-7:30pm • At Elliot Park Rec Center, 1000 E. 14th Ave. 

All are welcome to join the Land Use & Transportation Committee at it's monthly meeting. Come hear about upcoming 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.

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

SAVE THE DATES - Spring 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. 

SAVE THE DATE: Monday, May 20th - EPNI Annual Meeting & Board Elections! 

6:00-8:00pm  At Elliot Park Rec Center, 1000 E. 14th Street

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!


March Community Calendar 

Monday, March 4th - Ward 6 City Councilmember Jamal Osman Community Office Hours   

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

Monday, March 25th - 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

Time for Spring Cleaning & Greening in Elliot Park!

Spring Cleaning - Elliot Park Earth Day Neighborhood Cleanup!

Spring Cleaning Time is Around the Corner 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 and get your supplies to pitch in and beautify our neighborhood we love!

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 Tree Planting Project!

The Mpls DID and EPNI are partnering to plant up to 200 trees in the Elliot Park Neighborhood this spring, 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 to volunteer at any of these three Spring Tree Planting neighborhood events:

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.

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

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

NEW in March:

GET OUT THE VOTE: March 5, 2024 is the Presidential Primary!

Election 2024 season is here -- Here are important Primary voting dates and info:
NEXT TUES. 3/5, 7am-8pm, is the Minnesota Presidential Primary Election!
  • Check out the MN Secretary of State Poll Finder to see where you vote, in person:
  • - OR - Early voting goes through 5pm on Mon. 3/4, in person, at the Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services, 980 E Hennepin Ave. Early voting ballots by mail must be received by the close of polls at 8pm on Tues. 3/5.

MPRB: Elliot Park & Rec Center CORNER

Elliot Park Playground & Park Improvements SURVEY

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:

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!
Check out the Elliot Park project page for more information:  
Ongoing Youth Programs - Welcoming Elliot Park Youth (10+) to meet up at Elliot Park Rec Center, 1000 E. 14th Street for these fun & FREE weekly clubs:
Cooking Club! Tuesdays at 5pm
Anime & Ramen! Thursdays, 4:30-5:30pm
Community Craft Time! Thursdays at 6pm

Register HERE at OR call Henry, Youth Program Coordinator: (612) 456-9793 to register or get more info!

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

Recycling is no Fairy Tale in Minneapolis

Do you wonder what happens to recyclables when they leave your home? Keep your eye out for a Twin Cities metro-wide campaign aimed at assuring you that recycling is no myth. It’s real and it works here.

You can be proud that recycling works in Minnesota. Learn more at

BUT - we need to do it right! Know where to throw in Minneapolis - don't 'wish cycle!'

Recycling contamination increased to 11.91% in 2023 from 9.52% in 2022. Instead of putting an item in your cart hoping it is recyclable, please take advantage of many resources available to help answer ‘what cart do I put this in’?  

  1. Search Solid Waste & Recycling’s online Disposal Guide, or Hennepin County’s Green Disposal Guide if you don’t have City pick up service.
  2. Join Solid Waste & Recycling’s Facebook Group, Minneapolis Solid Waste, Recycling and Organics, and post a photo or question. Your friends, family and neighbors can post their feedback and our office will chime in to confirm the proper disposal option. You can also learn from the questions of others. 
  3. Sign up for Recycling Reminder emails. You’ll receive an email every other week to remind you to set your recycling out along with seasonal updates, tips, tricks, and fun facts to help reduce waste and recycle and compost more.

Thank you for reducing waste and only putting the right items in your recycling and organics cart.

Ongoing Notices & Opportunities:

Notices for Two 11th Ave. S. Projects:

1) Sewer Lining Project: Along 11th Ave. S., Under 35W, Between 17th St. E. & 18th St. E.

A Large Diameter Sewer Lining Project continues, following phase one in February.  The method being used, Cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) lining, is a trenchless rehabilitation method, meaning the contractor will not have to break ground to complete this repair and disruptions will be minimal compared to a full pipe replacement. Liner installation will occur through the sewer access manholes at the center of the street.

 The second phase of the project involves the installation of the pipe liner and is scheduled to occur starting as soon as March 4th (weather permitting). 18th Street will be closed to thru traffic during the lining process. Residents have been notified of a timeslot during the lining process where sewer service will be briefly interrupted. For more details, see the resident letter HERE and contact the contractor, Bruce White with Insituform (612-225-0041) with any questions.

2) Resurfacing Project on 11th Ave. S. 

Public Works has scheduled a Pre-Public Hearing Meeting at 2:00pm on Tuesday, March 26th at the Elliot Park Recreation Center. This is to go over any questions property owners and residents might have regarding the upcoming 11thAve S Resurfacing project (map HERE) and related assessments. Assessment letters and invitations are being mailed to affected residents. 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

New Rental Protection State Laws Are In Effect

New laws took effect at the state level on January 1, 2024. Some of these laws were already in place in Minneapolis, but now renters statewide have additional protections. These laws include:

  • Written notice before eviction for nonpayment of rent
  • Up-front fee disclosures
  • Heat requirements during the winter months
  • Privacy rights for renters

The list above covers just some of the new laws. Visit HOME Line's website to learn more and view webinars in multiple languages: HOME Line: New laws

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





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