Water those trees - Help Maintain our Urban Forest

It’s that time of year again! Hot July temperatures and lack of rainfall are stressing trees. As a result the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) Forestry Division urges residents to water their trees, especially young trees planted on boulevards. .”We really need residents to step forward to help us maintain these new trees by watering them once or twice a week as we deal with dry conditions,” says Paul Domholt, Community Forestry Coordinator.

Reconstructed St. Anthony Parkway bike trails now open

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is pleased to announce that reconstruction of 3.3 miles of bike trails along St. Anthony Parkway in Northeast Minneapolis is complete.

The 32-year-old trail from the Camden Bridge (at 37th Ave. NE) east to Ulysses St. NE was replaced with a 10 ft. wide bituminous path. From Ulysses St. NE east to Stinson Parkway the sidewalk on the north side was removed and a 10-foot wide concrete combined pedestrian and bike path was installed.

St. Anthony Parkway is part of the Northeast District of the nationally-recognized Grand Rounds Scenic Byway system. Encompassing more than 50 miles of parkway, and bicycle and pedestrian trails, the Grand Rounds offer a picturesque tour of Minneapolis.

More information and maps of the St. Anthony Parkway and the Grand Rounds are available at www.minneapolisparks.org. Maps are also available by calling 612-230-6400.

Next ANA Community Meeting -- August 4, 7pm

• Hollywood Theater Redevelopment Plan
Sharrin Miller-Bassi from the City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) will present the Hollywood Theater Redevelopment Plan.

The City of Minneapolis is proposing to establish a redevelopment project area to include the vacant Hollywood Theater building at 2815 Johnson Street NE and two additional parcels at 2800 and 2819 Johnson Street NE. A draft redevelopment plan will be available at the meeting. If approved by the City Council, the plan will give the City the ability to carry out certain redevelopment activities related to the subject properties.

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Audubon Aims to Transform Namesake Park

The Audubon Park neighborhood has adopted a plan to transform its namesake park into a showcase of urban ecology and a haven for birds and birdwatchers. The plan envisions a multi-phase, multi-year implementation to establish Audubon Park as a place where people “Bring Nature Home.”

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Loans for Multi-Unit Rehab/Multi-Units for Sale

The Audubon Neighborhood Association is offering NRP funds to help people purchase and/or rehab multi-unit buildings in 2008.

Borrow up to $5,000 at 0% ($2,500 can be used for down payment assistance) to buy and/or make improvements to an owner-occupied 2-4 unit property in the Audubon Park neighborhood. This program has no income limits, and no monthly payments are required. Money will be distributed “first come, first served”, so apply now!

ANA’s loans are administered by the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE). Call Jim Hasnik of CEE at 612-335-5885, or email jhasnik@mncee.org for more info or to request an application.

Here are some of the multi-units currently for sale in Audubon Park neighborhood and their prices:

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Get ready for the first annual Audubon Movie in the Park

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is offering free family-oriented movies under the stars. Bring your family and friends, blankets, lawn chairs, and popcorn!

On Thursday, July 31st Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl will be showing at Audubon Park. Movies start at dusk, see www.mprbmovies.com for more information.

New book tells story of Minneapolis Parks

The Foundation for Minneapolis Parks has unveiled its new book "City of Parks: The Story of the Minneapolis Park System" to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB). Available for $39.95 online and through the MPRB headquarters office, the book is the first account of park history since Theodore Wirth’s memoir was published in 1945.

City of Parks tells the stories of how Minneapolis acquired its revered parks and how the park system became an important contributor to the quality of life in all parts of the city.

Inspired by Horace Cleveland and guided by Charles Loring and William Folwell, the park board created a system of parks connected by parkways – today’s Grand Rounds – along the most scenic features of the city. But the board also acquired neighborhood parks that became centers of community life and planted the trees that shade city streets.

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