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 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 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.

City Council Passes Idling Rules

Idling cars and trucks not only waste expensive fuel, they also put a lot of pollutants into our air. That’s why the City Council modified a city ordinance to limit vehicle idling times to three minutes, except when in traffic. Vehicle motors release particulate matter, dirt, nitrous oxides, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide into the air. These chemicals are linked to increased rates of cancer, heart and lung disease and asthma and are the major source of human-caused global warming. Children are especially vulnerable to vehicle air pollution because their lungs are still developing, and they inhale more pounds of pollution per pound of body weight than adults do. Reducing vehicle idling in Minneapolis translates into substantially less air pollution. Reducing air pollution protects the public health and the environment. For the driver, reducing idling saves money in fuel. On average, a car will burn more than half a gallon of fuel for every hour spent idling.

Watch ANA in the Northeast Parade

On June 25th, neighborhood residents joined ANA in walking their dogs in the northeast parade. You can watch it on MTN Channel 16 — look for our float and the dogs with green bandannas!

MTN’s parade coverage will be broadcast at these times:

Thursday, July 10, 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 17, 10:00 p.m.
Friday, July 25, 10:00 p.m.
Friday, August 1, 10:00 p.m.

Call of Art - Eastside Food Co-op Mural Project

This year's murals will adorn the INSIDE of the co-op! The Eastside Food Co-op has always been enthusiastic about showing the work of local artists. Five murals were put up on the outside of the building in 2006. In 2007, three more murals were added.

This year, the Co-op is looking for an artist to paint a much bigger mural for the inside of the store: one mural (roughly 4 feet x 28 feet) to be hung above the frozen food section on the back wall of the store.

All costs for supplies will be paid for by the Co-op. The artist will receive a stipend of $1,000. In addition, the artist selected, and all artists who submit proposals, will have the opportunity to participate in a show to highlight the diversity and talent of local artists in the area.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Pillsbury/Bottineau School (teacher parking lot), 22nd Ave. N.E. at Garfield N.E.

The City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County are sponsoring collection events to encourage residents to dispose of their household hazardous waste safely and properly. On August 7, 8, and 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can bring your household hazardous waste to the Pillsbury School parking lot, a convenient site for Eastside residents to bring their problem wastes free of charge. Last year, approximately 2,800 participants properly disposed of over 200,000 pounds of hazardous waste and problem materials at collection events.


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