We Want to Hear From You

One way to get involved in your neighborhood and see what's happening is to attend our monthly neighborhood meetings -- and to vote on the business of Windom Park Citizens in Action, your neighborhood organization.

This month's meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the Windom Park Recreation Center, 2251 Hayes St. NE, Minneapolis. Enter via the north end of of the Pillsbury School complex.

We're asking you to chime in on a recommendation for development at the vacant lot at 2321 Fillmore St. NE. Come find out the details and then vote. We'll also be hearing about what's next for our roads now that the Central Avenue railroad bridge detour project and the I-35W changes are nearing completion. We'll hear the final outcome of the April 15 public hearing on the proposed revitalization of the Windom Park playground and get an update on how the zip line feature is going. We'll hear about upcoming events in and around the neighborhood, like our annual festival in the park Windyfest (June 20), the Renters Rights Initiative we're helping to sponsor (May 30) and the Northeast Ride (June 13) -- and how you can get involved in these and other neighborhood actions. Finally, let us know what's on your mind during Open Forum, your time for any announcements or pronouncements not already on the agenda that you'd like to make.

Accessible location near bus lines. Free parking and free "Kids Corner Hang-Out" child care supervised by park staff during this meeting. Call us to request other accommodations seven business days in advance.

UPDATE: Two engineers from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and one from the City of Minneapolis traffic division will attend the April 21 meeting. Included in the discussion will be issues related to traffic calming and road conditions along Johnson Street in the Windom Park neighborhood. Please plan to attend and give your feedback.

 
Thanks!

A major Thank You to the three Windom Park businesses who donated door prizes for our Holiday Social meeting in December!

Thank you, Mother Earth Gardens, Healing Elements, and The Mill NE for your generosity to our neighborhood. And congratulations to the lucky winners who took home some nice stuff!

 
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (of Composting)

Thanks to all who joined us for our February neighborhood meeting to learn the best ways of environmentally friendly backyard composting to keep pets, wildlife, kids and your neighbors safe, sound and happy. With WPCiA's backing, City Council Member Kevin Reich agreed to move forward with a proposal to change the city's composting ordinance. We'll continue to follow the progress on this topic and report back to you.

 
Windyfest is Back!

Mark your calendars, because Windyfest will be back for 2015! That's Saturday, June 20, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Windom Park, to be exact.

Festivities are in the planning stages now. We are happy to welcome Fair State Brewing as this year's Bier Garten sponsor, along with returning sponsor The Mill Northeast. Details can be found at www.windyfest.com. The great food, games, live bands and more will also be back for this family-friendly annual event in the park.

If you'd like to get involved in planning meetings (second Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m. at the rec center, 2251 Hayes St. NE), volunteering or donating, contact us at (612) 788-2192 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Windyfest is WPCiA's annual community event and fundraiser, held in partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

We also invite the community to join us Tuesday, May 19, from 5-10 p.m. for a beer social fundraiser for Windyfest and WPCiA at The Mill Northeast, 1851 Central Ave. NE.

 
"Kids Corner Hang-Out" Available During Meetings

Interested in attending the monthly WPCiA neighborhood meetings at the Rec Center but wondering what to do with your kids during meeting time? Bring them along to enjoy the new Kids Corner "hang-out" program, supervised by Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board staff at the rec center during our WPCiA neighborhood meetings. Games, toys, occasional treats, movies and more will be offered! It's free and open to the public. The service is available during scheduled WPCiA neighborhood meetings at the rec center on the third Tuesday of the month from 7-9 p.m. (Check here for any last-minute schedule changes.)  Participating children must be toilet-trained. Parent or guardian must register at the rec center's front desk (2251 Hayes St. NE) or at minneapolisparks.org.

 
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