Notice of ANA Funds Transfer

The Audubon Neighborhood Association has been awarded an action grant of $50,000 from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) to construct a rain garden along 29th Avenue NE, in the south parking lot of Northeast Middle School. The project will be funded both by MWMO and the ANA. In order to fully fund the project, ANA announced at the community meeting held on April 4, 2016, that $10,000 is being moved from the Commercial Property Improvement Fund to the Parks and Environment Investment Fund.

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2016 Raingarden Program

Raingardens are beautiful and environmentally significant landscaping features. For the third time, Audubon Neighborhood Association is partnering with Metro Blooms to educate Audubon property owners about the benefits of raingardens and help them install their own raingarden!

Audubon property owners are eligible to participate in this program to beautify the neighborhood, create native habitat, and manage stormwater runoff on their property. Up to 15 properties in Audubon will receive an onsite consultation and raingarden design. The consultation includes identifying runoff conditions on your property, taking measurements, determining the appropriate size for your raingarden, and selecting plants.

Property owners are urged to register as soon as possible as consultations will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis. The raingardens will be constructed by Metro Blooms and the Conservation Corps of Minnesota during the month of August. You can download an application form from ANA (pdf).

Project participants will be financially responsible for the purchase of the plants and mulch, and the cost of taking the sod and soil off site, if necessary.  ANA will cover the garden excavation costs to minimize cost for the property owner. ANA's partners in this program, Metro Blooms and the Conservation Corps of Minnesota, will excavate the gardens and place the mulch. Metro Blooms will order the plants, and property owners will then be responsible for the planting of the garden.

Metro Blooms will also provide supplemental information related to the maintenance of the new raingardens.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact ANA at 612-788-8790 or or Metro Blooms at

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Help Wanted at Our Park

Audubon Park is looking for energetic, dependable and outgoing people to work our Rec plus program. Rec Plus provides school-age childcare for children ages 5–12 at neighborhood recreation centers. Rec Plus operates before and after school, on school release days and during the summer, depending on recreation center. Activities include games and sports, arts and crafts, homework help, field trips and nutritious snacks.

We are looking for staff to work Monday–Friday AM (6:45am–9am) & PM (3:30pm–6pm). Pay is based on qualifications and experience.

Please contact Mitch at Audubon Park, 612-370-4910, to inquire about more information.

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Movie in Our Park

The movie Despicable Me 2 will be shown outdoors on a big screen at Audubon Park on Wednesday, July 16, at 8:30pm. It is our installment of the Park Board’s Movies in the Park Series for this year:

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board hits the road during the summer with a free movie series that travels to parks across the city. More than 60 family-friendly features, mini-series, film classics, and new releases are shown outdoors at dusk, Monday through Saturday.

This year's themes include New Releases, Family Fun, Movies That Inspire, Animals, Minnesota Made, and Cult Classics. Movies start 15 minutes after sunset. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, or pack a picnic basket for a fun and relaxing summer evening.

For a full list of movies and park locations, visit

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Presidents Bike Boulevard Now Under Construction

Over the past several years the City of Minneapolis has been planning for a north-south bike route in NE and SE Minneapolis between the Stone Arch Bridge and Columbia Heights. Originally this was known as the Fillmore Bike Walk Street project. Many of you have been involved in giving feedback to the City of Minneapolis during the design of this project (including a name change – it is now known as the Presidents Bike Boulevard and the Stone Arch Bike Boulevard).

Construction is finally upon us, and you will begin to see some changes along the route. Weather permitting, construction is scheduled to begin this coming Monday, September 23. The City of Minneapolis has hired Thomas & Sons Construction to carry out the work, and several subcontractors will be assisting Thomas & Sons. Activity during the first week of construction is anticipated to include asphalt and concrete removal at the intersections of:

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2013 Audubon Mini Farmers Market Opens!

Audubon Farmers Market logo chicken weathervaneIn partnership with Northeast Farmers’ Market and Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, the fifth annual Audubon Mini Farmers’ Market will open Thursday June 20, 2013!

The Market will be open every Thursday from 4-7pm through September 26, 2013 – rain or shine. Come out to experience and enjoy locally grown produce and a great sense of community in our own backyard!

Market is held in the GA Church overflow parking lot (in front of the Mural) on Johnson Street at 27th Avenue NE.

EBT, FMNP/WIC accepted

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ANA Offers Rain Garden Program

The “Neighborhood of Rain Gardens”

Rain gardens are beautiful and environmentally significant landscaping features that are gaining popularity. For the second time, Audubon Neighborhood Association is partnering with Metro Blooms and the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization to educate Audubon homeowners about the benefits and beauty of rain gardens.

Audubon homeowners and property owners are eligible to participate in a neighborhood rain-garden program to manage storm water runoff in the Mississippi River watershed. Up to 30 properties in Audubon Park will be selected to receive onsite consultations, where a rain garden design will be created specific to the property owner’s location. The neighborhood association will provide the majority of the funding for consultations and installations, so the property owner will be able to install the garden at a very reasonable cost.

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Streetcar Plan Open House

A series of three open house meetings is scheduled to give the public an opportunity to learn about modern streetcar and enhanced bus options being considered on a key route through the city, and to share their ideas on improving transit service. The City of Minneapolis is examining options to improve public transit along the busy corridor that includes Nicollet Avenue through south Minneapolis and downtown and Central Avenue in Northeast.

The open houses will provide an overview of the Nicollet-Central Transit Alternatives Study, which is just beginning and will continue into 2013. The study will identify a preferred transit enhancement that could serve as the first phase of a longer-ranger vision for transit service in the corridor.

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