Minneapolis Bike Tour is Moving!

Minneapolis Bike Tour is Moving!

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Celebrating more than 120 years of free entertainment in Minneapolis parks.

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Minneapolis Bike Tour is Moving!

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will not host the Minneapolis Bike Tour in September 2020. The Bike Tour is moving to May 2021, to grow and expand the event. The new date is yet to be determined, but we look forward to sharing details in the coming months. Part of this move will allow us to coincide with Minneapolis Bike Month, create new partnerships and kick off the riding season each spring!

We will continue to update our website throughout the next 3-6 months.

We hope to see you in May of 2021! Thanks for your continued support of the Minneapolis Bike Tour!

MPRB Virtual Park Summit Invitation – Part of the MPRB 2021 Comprehensive Plan: Parks for All

Check out draft recommendations for Parks for All, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Comprehensive Plan, during Virtual Park Summit May 26-June 2!

During weeklong online event, public invited to review and ask questions about draft policy recommendations that will guide parks and recreation in Minneapolis for the next decade

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MRPB) is excited to announce the Parks for All Virtual Park Summit, a weeklong series of online activities, events and conversations designed to share and collect feedback on draft policy recommendations that will set MPRB priorities and policy direction for the next decade.

What is Parks for All?

“Parks for All” is the MPRB 2021 Comprehensive Plan, which will guide everything done by the organization over through the next decade. It articulates why the MPRB exists, identifies how the MPRB performs its work, and describes what the MPRB hopes to become.

Since Parks for All launched in 2019, the MPRB has collected an enormous amount of community feedback from Park Dream Boxes placed in every recreation center, online surveys, text messages, in-person events and advisory groups like the Community Advisory Committee, Youth Design Team, focus groups, seven topical Workgroups, and a Community Collaborators program.

How can I participate in the Virtual Park Summit?

Originally scheduled as a daylong, in-person event, the Park Summit shifted online to accommodate the need for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s something happening every day between Tuesday, May 26 and Tuesday, June 2, so find something that works for you and get involved!

Here’s how to participate in the Park Summit:

  1. Check out the draft policy recommendations online beginning May 26. They will be available as videos and written recommendations on the Virtual Park Summit webpage.
  2. Share your thoughts on connections, gaps and differences in an online survey or community comment board, which will be available on the Virtual Park Summit webpage when the summit opens.
  3. Attend a virtual office hours session via Zoom or Facebook Live with MPRB staff to ask questions, share thoughts or learn more about the Parks for All process. Links will be available on Virtual Park Summit webpage and Parks for All Facebook page when the summit opens.
  4. Join the Parks for All Virtual Listening Session on Tuesday, June 2, 5-7 pm to share your thoughts with other park users, the workgroups, the Community Advisory Committee, MPRB commissioners, project staff, or the Youth Design Team. The listening session will be held via Zoom and Facebook Live; links available on Virtual Park Summit webpage when the summit opens.

Bookmark these pages to stay up to date on the project!

Park Summit Schedule

All Office Hours will be held online via Zoom or Facebook Live; links available on Virtual Park Summit webpage when the summit opens.

Tuesday, May 26: All recommendations published online in video and text formats, available to review throughout the week

Wednesday, May 27: Youth Space with Youth Design Team (4-6 pm)

Thursday, May 28: Office Hours – English and Somali (4-5 pm)

Friday, May 29: Office Hours – English only (Noon-1 pm)

Saturday, May 30: Office Hours – English and Spanish (4-5 pm)

Monday, June 1: Office Hours – English and Hmong (4-5 pm)

Tuesday, June 2: Virtual Listening Session (5-7 pm) (via Zoom and Facebook live, links available on Virtual Park Summit webpage when the summit opens)

A special thank you to the almost 5,000 people from across Minneapolis who shared their thoughts and dreams for Minneapolis parks and recreation over the past year and a half. The MPRB is grateful for your thoughtful insights and hope you see many of your ideas represented in these recommendations.

What is next for Parks for All?

June-July 2020: The draft Comprehensive Plan will be developed, written, and designed

August-September 2020: Draft plan published for 45-day public comment period

Fall 2020: Plan is revised based on public comment period feedback

Winter 2020: Revised plan considered by MPRB Board of Commissioners for review and adoption

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Virtual Park Summit Invite.pdf

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Virtual Park Summit Invite – Hmong.pdf

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Virtual Park Summit Invite – Somali.pdf

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Virtual Park Summit Invite – Spanish.pdf

Comment period on draft Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan closes this Friday, May 22

The public comment period for the draft Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan will close this Friday, May 22nd. This is your last chance to comment on our draft strategies and actions if you haven’t yet.

The 10-year action plan will guide future planning, design and implementation of transportation projects for all people in all the ways they move around.

Provide your input and feedback on our interactive website

Check out the Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan website to learn more and provide feedback at go.minneapolismn.gov. The interactive website includes opportunities to provide your input on the plan – including draft strategies and actions and priority networks.

Watch a recording of our online open houses

At three online open houses staff presented highlights of the Transportation Action Plan and answered questions from the audience in real time. Our online engagement events have concluded but you can still watch recordings of them on our website at go.minneapolismn.gov/get-involved.

Follow the City of Minneapolis on social media to stay updated

Use #gompls to talk transportation with us and follow the City on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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Get ready for 2020 elections

Get ready for elections

May 19, 2020

It may only be May but election season has already begun. We are offering a variety of ways to participate in elections from home this year. Here are a few things you can already do to participate in the 2020 elections.

Register to vote

Register to vote online with the Secretary of State.

File for office

Candidate filing opens today for offices with a potential primary. Candidates can file for office by mail, email or drop-off. Candidate filing closes at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2. For more details visit our file for office webpage.

Apply for absentee ballots online

Apply for an absentee ballot online with the Secretary of State.

Some important dates to mark on your calendar:

  • June 26 – Absentee voting opens for the primary election
  • August 11 – Primary election
  • November 3 – Presidential election

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9th Ward City Council update

Amidst a pandemic nightmare, the cooperative housing dream prevails.
Amidst a pandemic nightmare, the cooperative housing dream prevails.



For five years, Jazmin Lopez has lived in one of the Steve Frenz owned buildings in the Corcoran neighborhood. Over that span of time she’s endured cockroach and mice infestations, broken windows, ruptured water pipes, and eviction notices. Today, after years of organizing for renters’ rights with Inquilinxs Unidxs, she declared the Land Bank’s purchase of her building “a dream come true.” In this edition, we celebrate the power of dogged organizing.
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Time and time again, the City of Minneapolis tried to hold Spiros Zorbalas accountable for his consistent abuse of low-income renters and immigrant tenants. But it wasn’t until a deep, renters’ rights organizing strategy came into place that Jazmin’s dream of owning a home in a healthy, dignified, and cooperatively run environment would become a reality.
In 2008, a media outlet laid out a detailed series of cases that crowned Zorbalas as “the slumlord of south Minneapolis.” Yet it took the City five more years to revoke Zorbalas’ rental license, resulting in a half-baked accountability deal ending in a fake sale of his properties to both a new player and a new business partner, Mr. Steve Frenz.
Enter Inqulinxs Unidxs por Justicia, or United Renters for Justice, a grassroots, culturally relevant group of organizers who were as tenacious about getting the job done as they were about building authentic and meaningful relationships with every one of the multi-lingual tenants they came in contact with. Thousands of organizing hours, hundreds of pro-bono legal defense, and one class action suit later – the tenants and families of the five buildings in the Corcoran neighborhood have achieved their freedom from landlord retaliation and maltreatment.
In late 2017, and due to the committed organizing investment of Inquilinxs Unidxs, the City of Minneapolis was once again in the position to revoke the Frenz-Zorbalas rental licensing ordeal and we worked to help put tenants on a path to ownership of the buildings they had called home for over a decade.
Today, amidst this pandemic nightmare, I am renewed by the news that the Land Bank Twin Cities was able to purchase the five apartment buildings in Corcoran neighborhood with City and LISC financing securing 69 housing units into long-term, affordable, and dignified housing in our own community. The City was able to invest $3.45 million dollars to help make this dream come true and we’re ready to keep going.
I am forever thankful and inspired by the dogged organizing hearts of the many people who decided to take a stand and fight for their rights on 22nd Avenue South.
We see you, we love you, mil gracias for your lucha,
In solidarity (and health-smarts) with cities across the country, our Ninth Ward office would like to strongly encourage you to wear a mask anytime and everytime you are outdoors and in large groups of people.
We want to hear from everyone in Minneapolis that wants and needs a face mask! To submit your request please email covid19 (at) minneapolismn (dot) gov so we can match you up with the right donor.
More specifically, the City of Minneapolis is helping to manage the donation and distribution of face masks. If you would like to donate face masks please fill this online form.
If you are in need of a face mask, please complete this request form.


Do you want a no-frills face mask? Contrary to his original stance, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams later issued a video demonstrating how every day people can make their own mask at home using a tee-shirt and two rubber bands. MarketWatch published an article examining the best “from home” fabrics that should be used for a home-made mask.

You can also check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to get a tutorial on how to make a mask and wear a mask. ¡Adelante con las mascaras!


Join PolicyLink, the Center for Popular Democracy, Partnership for Working Families, People’s Action, the Right to the City Alliance, the Alliance for Housing Justice, and the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law for this one-hour webinar on policy changes to cancel the rent and mortgages due to COVID19.

The COVID19 pandemic has set in motion an unprecedented economic downturn. It has also exposed the deep failings of the housing system. Even before the pandemic, over 40 million U.S. households were spending more than they could afford on housing, and half a million people were unhoused. Less than one percent of housing is both affordable and accessible to people living with disabilities. Women of color suffer the highest eviction rates and cost burden, and Black and Indigenous people face the highest rates of homelessness.

PolicyLink and its partners have recently launched a new initiative, Our Homes, Our Health, to advance a housing response and recovery plan that centers racial equity and transforms our unjust housing system. Please join this webinar to learn how a state and local policy agenda to cancel rent and mortgages and reclaim our homes can stabilize our communities and expand affordable housing, and hear from policymakers and organizers from around the country who are moving campaigns forward.

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Midtown Greenway closure May 12-13

To get some of the decking installed, the Midtown Greenway will be closed from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tue, May 12 and Wed, May 13.
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Metro – 35W@94 Downtown to Crosstown in Minneapolis: 2017-2021 construction

Midtown Greenway closure May 12-13

As work continues on the new northbound I-35W bridge over the Midtown Greenway, crews are almost ready to begin working on the bridge deck. To get some of the decking installed, the Midtown Greenway will be closed from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tue, May 12 and Wed, May 13. The detour routes include:

  • Westbound bicyclists: Northbound 5th Ave. to westbound 26th St. to southbound Blaisdell Ave. to eastbound 29th St.
  • Eastbound bicyclists: Northbound Nicollet Ave. to eastbound 28th St. to southbound 5th Ave.
  • Pedestrians: Nicollet Ave., 28th St. and 5th Ave.

Connect with the 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown project from home

While Minnesotans stay home, you can still connect with the 35W@94 project. Explore the project corridor through a virtual self-guided tour, watch a drone flight to see construction progress, read the project blog or download an activity book to do yourself or with kids. Be sure to view all eight stops on the online self-guided tour to learn about the history of I-35W, project benefits and construction features like the huge water storage tanks being constructed under the road. Each stop along the tour features artwork created by students from local schools.

Start exploring today: Virtual Self-Guided Tour.

Please drive safely through work zones:

  • Slow down when approaching every work zone, then navigate through with care and caution
  • Stay alert; work zones constantly change
  • Watch for workers and slow moving equipment
  • Obey posted speed limits. Fine for a violation in a work zone is $300.
  • Minimize distractions behind the wheel
  • Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times

All closures are weather permitting and subject to change.

MnDOT road work has been identified as a critical service in Governor Walz’s Stay at Home executive order and will continue. We are working to be as flexible as possible with scheduling during this period of lower traffic volumes to keep projects moving forward in a timely manner. Following guidance from state health officials and to prevent further spread of COVID-19, crews will maintain social distancing practices while working.

More about this project

To learn more, including all current traffic impacts and detour routes, visit the project website at: mndot.gov/35w94.

For more information regarding the Lake St. reconstruction visit: mndot.gov/35w94/lakestreet.html.

Metro Transit bus routes will be impacted as a result of construction. For updated route information, and to sign up for Rider Alerts, visit: metrotransit.org/35W.

Minnesota Valley Transit Authority routes will be impacted as a result of construction. For updated route information, visit: mvta.com.

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  • Call the project hotline at: 612-284-6125
  • Visit the project blog: blog.35wat94.com

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit 511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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Hennepin County shelter response update, May 8

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Hennepin County shelter response update,

Friday, May 8, 2020

Hennepin County has been preparing to prevent and respond to the spread of COVID-19 among our most vulnerable residents, including those experiencing homelessness. The county continues to work with several area hotels and service providers to provide alternate housing for high-risk and sick residents who cannot isolate on their own.

Hennepin County first acted to establish alternative accommodations for high-risk residents at area hotels on Tuesday, March 17. To date, the county has allocated more than $6 million for protective and isolation housing for vulnerable residents.

Protective housing

As of Friday, May 8, there are 276 healthy but high-risk residents being housed at three area hotels, including 154 seniors, and 122 people with underlying health conditions.

On April 30, Catholic Charities and Salvation Army started moving more high-risk residents from their Higher Ground and Harbor Light Center shelters into a jointly operated hotel. As of Thursday, May 7, 179 people had moved to the hotel.

Also on April 30, Our Saviors and St. Stephen’s began moving their entire shelter population into a jointly operated hotel. They have moved their entire shelter population into the hotel which included over 120 people.

Read the Star Tribune story about the move from Higher Ground Minneapolis, and the protective housing program.

Isolation housing

Eleven more residents with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are being housed at a third hotel dedicated to isolation spaces.

A 55-room hotel also has been activated for families staying in shelter, who have symptoms of COVID-19. Hennepin County is also working with People Serving People, St. Anne’s Place of Haven Housing and Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative to run the shelter. As of Friday, no families had been placed at that hotel.

In total, 187 residents at protective and isolation hotels have been tested.

Hennepin County emergency rental assistance

The Hennepin County Board allocated $15 million for emergency rental assistance for low-income residents.

Low-income households and households of color have been disproportionately impacted by the economic consequences of COVID-19. Many low-income renter households are working in the industries that have lost the most jobs due to COVID-19. To address these disparities, funds will be targeted to renters with incomes below 50 percent of the area median income.

This funding is expected to help 9,000 low-income Hennepin County residents maintain stable housing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The board previously approved $740,000 to fund emergency housing assistance for renters and homeowners.

Learn more about the program.

Rent assistance for suburban residents is currently available, and help for Minneapolis renters is coming later this month.

Learn more and apply.

Restrooms and hand-washing stations

Public and private partners have made restrooms and hygiene stations available for people who are experiencing homelessness.

Find the list here.

Note: As of Friday, May 8, the public restroom at the South Minneapolis Human Services building is no longer available for public use, due to under-utilization.

Legal guidance and resources for renters

While evictions are not currently allowed under Governor Walz’s Peacetime Emergency order, rent is still due. LawHelpMN.org has compiled helpful information about renters’ rights during the pandemic and has legal aid available for tenants.

Learn more

Hennepin County resource helpline

8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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Help available in different languages

If you’re affected by COVID-19, you can call this number for help with clothing, financial assistance, grocery and household supplies, medical care and equipment, or medication.

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