Community Involvement Efforts
The Alliance for Metropolitan Stability (AMS), neighborhood organizations along the proposed greenway route, other community organizations, residents, and the City are partnering to conduct additional outreach and gather input from north Minneapolis residents who have not yet been able to participate in engagement efforts for this project.
Listed below are the recipients of a microgrant created exclusively for research and outreach about the Minneapolis Greenway Project.
Outreach and Engagement Grantees with Project Descriptions
Environmental Justice Advocates of Minnesota (EJAM)
The core of the EJAM proposal is educational. One of our strengths has been to listen and move on the stories and life histories of North Minneapolis community members. This experiential model is at the core of popular education for social change. Our project would organize a series of community forums tapping into the broader North community neighborhoods as well as a focused approach on the McKinley neighborhood. The history of Greenway space and African American culture and practice around green space would be a core piece of the popular education community engagement sessions. We would also continue the tried and true strategy of door knocking and talking to the neighborhood members and the broader North communities about the Greenway initiative.
Harrison Neighborhood Association
HNA will lead a collaboration of community artists, cultural workers, bikers, gardeners, community members, businesses, and residents in a large-scale engagement process to imagine and define the route of a functioning and sustainable greenway section south of Plymouth Ave.
Heritage Park Neighborhood Association
Through a series of engagement activities (neighborhood bike rides, focus groups, tabling at National Night out), HPNA will work to educate residents about all of infrastructure impact that are coming. HPNA is working to create opportunities for them to provide the necessary input to making sure that their specific needs are addressed. HPNA also want residents of the Heritage Park/Sumner-Glenwood neighborhood to have a deeper understanding of what the greenway is as well as how bike/walking connections are the heart of the original master plan for the neighborhood.
Hmong American Partnership / Hana Media
For this round of engagement, HAP would like to have a deeper understanding of and conversation regarding the thoughts of the community around the proposed Greenway. The project will identify several AAPI community members and youth living on or near the route, and convene an in studio focus group that will be recorded and distributed to present differing opinions of those who will be impacted by the potential Greenway. The focus group host will share information about the greenway with the panel and public, while the guest discuss and debate ideas and topics related to the greenway. We will record two focus groups talk shows: one with youth of color and the other in the Hmong language. By using media, we can demonstrate to other youth, AAPI, and community members that it is okay to be involved and share opinions about neighborhood development issues.
Jordan Area Community Council
JACC will recruit and train 3 – 4 outreach workers with experience working with diverse individuals from various socio-economic and cultural backgrounds to facilitate place making activities in collaboration with local artists. By creating place making activities, residents will be engaged differently. The outreach team will use video reflections as a tool for residents to share their input on defining a transportation and recreation corridor in their neighborhood.
Juxtaposition apprentices, adult designers and community organizers will engage people who live and work on or within several blocks of the proposed Greenway route, especially youth, young adults and transit users. We’ll take our fleet of Mobile Engagement units to parks, bus stops and other everyday locations on and near the route between Plymouth and Lowry. We will also bring JXTA – made greenway magazines and models, to invite people to spend some time and share their perspectives and ideas.
Lao Assistance Center of MN
LACM’s Lao/English-speaking Housing and Employment Coordinator (Linda Homsombath) will conduct 10 different greenway engagement activities over the 20-week time period of May 4, 2015 to September 18, 2015. Of the 10 greenway engagement activities: 4 will involve community presentations/dialogues organized at Olsen Memorial Town Homes, 2 will involve group presentations/dialogues at existing groups held at LACM (i.e., a housing workshop, a financial literacy seminar, a healthy living group meeting, etc.), 2 will involve one-on-one presentations/dialogues with community members who visit LACM’s office, 2 will involve one-on-one presentations/dialogues with community members via door knocking between Glenwood and Plymouth Avenue.
Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota
Major Taylor has for four years scheduled Thursday Night Rides on the Northside during the evening with current members. We are also including weekend rides with The Orange Bike riders who will help us, by showing by example, how bike riding can be implemented into everyday life. This will enhance how easily greenways help a community become safer and healthier. Orange Bike Riders are not typical Lycra wearing riders but everyday folks, many who have never ridden a bicycle before. Major Taylor will also participate in Open Streets on Lowry, providing an information table and members to assist in a bicycle event. In the proposed greenway south of Plymouth, bike rides will be scheduled at the Heritage Park YMCA and Major Taylor will conduct informal talks about what is a greenway.
Minneapolis Highrise Representative Council
This project will provide outreach about the North Minneapolis Greenway to the nearly 500 public housing residents at four north Minneapolis high-rises and gather their input on proposed routes, designs and overall concept. Six-eight resident leaders will be recruited and trained to assist with engagement of their fellow residents which will occur through small meetings (resident council officers and Project Lookout volunteers), large gatherings (either in conjunction with resident council meetings or separately), door-knocking to promote completion of the surveys, and provision of project information and assistance with completing surveys during hours that Project Lookout volunteers conduct visitor sign-ins at the building entrances.
Northside Residents Redevelopment Council
Through a series of outreach activities including door knocking, mini-closed street events, demonstration projects, block parties, and open houses, NRRC will engage residents around the proposed North Minneapolis Greenway. NRRC will seek to secure strong resident identification and support of a north/south connection that benefits an increase in livability by way of increased access to healthy activities and that also promotes better transportation access and connections to the rest of the city.
By facilitating community gardens for neighbors on the Greenway route, Project Superman will provide an opportunity for residents to experience and reimagine how green space could be used along the route and at mid-block intersections. The garden will serve as a neighborhood forum space to host discussions about the Greenway proposal. Neighbors will also increase their own civic engagement capacity by getting to know each other through gardening and meeting at the space which could be used by residents to advocate for a future Greenway that meets their needs or against a Greenway that they do not support.
Project Sweetie Pie
PSP plans to engage and educate residents about the North Mpls Greenway during the Karamu Garden Kick Off. It is a local block party event scheduled to take place Saturday June 13th. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is composed of a 4 hour long launch of spring urban agriculture in North Minneapolis presented as a fun ole timey fair (fare). The event features exhibits by local Ag organizations and urban farm practitioners, Mr. Cleanhouse Characters, a Youthcafé talent competition, a healthy eating cooking demos, a flea market for local participation and a bike rodeo.
Redeemer Center for Life
Redeemer will work closely with hosts and leaders of scheduled activities to include presentations, prominent displays, direct conversations, Q&A times, and printed materials at: weekly Wednesday community meals, Venture North, Living Room gathering space during weekly events, Vacation Bible School and summer camps.
Summit Academy OIC
Summit’s Mini Track and Field Day aims to engage all ages from multiple cultures inspiring participation through healthy activities. Some of the track and field day activities include relay racing, 2k walk and bike and a small soccer tournament.
To Succeed You Must Read
The project will consist of a community bike ride accompanied by motorcyclists starting at Lincoln School and ending at Folwell Park. Along the ride the group will make stops and engage in literary and horticulture activities: Planting Garden Stop, Reading, Bike Maintenance, Bike trickster. The ride will begin at Lincoln School with a bike maintenance demo, and end at Folwell Park with a concert performance by INOC Music.
West Broadway Business and Area Coalition
WBC will engage North Mpls residents around the Greenway weekly from July – September at the West Broadway Farmer’s Market and in the Hawthorne neighborhood near the Farmer’s Market. Additionally, WBC will do outreach with its constituent businesses and nonprofits in two blocks in every direction of the intersection of West Broadway and the potential route. We will employ interns from North 4, train them to become Greenway Engagement Specialists, and have them lead engagement activities with their own community at and around the Farmer’s Market.
Youth Coordinating Board/Minneapolis Youth Congress
The Minneapolis Youth Congress and its Coordinators have deep experience in leadership, racial justice training and participatory Facilitation techniques and methods. The MYC will use that training to develop and design a series of community conversations and workshops to identify vision of what young people see, what currently the reality of this greenway space is and gain consensus from the conversations about what are their ideas, insights and hopes for the Greenway.
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Last updated Aug 5, 2015