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Active Living

To help cities plan for healthy communities

We bring a multidisciplinary approach to improving places where people live, work, learn, and play. We work with cities and partners to improve accessibility, quality of life, and health outcomes in Hennepin County.

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COVID-19 response toolkits for public spaces and business districts

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way communities come together to safely use our valued public spaces and support local businesses. To help cities, communities and businesses navigate this new dynamic landscape, Hennepin County is working with partners to collect and share best practices for public spaces and business districts during COVID-19.


COVID-19 response toolkit with winter strategies 

This toolkit aims to provide strategies for business owners and city staff to support small businesses, and help keep community members engaged, comfortable and safe throughout COVID-19 during the winter months.
COVID-19 winter strategies toolkit 


COVID-19 response toolkit for business districts

This toolkit is designed to commercial districts and help their small businesses navigate and survive COVID-19.

Business district COVID-19 response toolkit version 2.0 (PDF)


COVID-19 response toolkit for parks, streets, and neighborhoods

This toolkit is crafted to support safe public spaces that foster healthy and active communities during COVID-19.

Parks, Streets, & Neighborhoods COVID-19 response toolkit 2.0 (PDF)


Other Active Living COVID-19 resources

Active Living funding and technical assistance for cities

The Active Living program provides funding and technical assistance to cities and government agencies to advance healthy communities, active living, and equity.

Who is eligible for assistance?

Applicants can include cities and government agencies within the Hennepin County Public Health jurisdiction (all cities except Bloomington, Edina, Minneapolis, and Richfield).

Types of projects

Funding and technical assistance are available to help with the following activities:

  • Conducting assessments and education related to bike and walkability
  • Improving biking, walking, or public spaces through demonstration projects or infrastructure changes
  • Developing plans or policies to support physical activity and create healthier communities
  • Engaging traditionally underrepresented populations in the design of public spaces and support for physical activity

Application and timeline

  • Apply any time before June 30
  • Projects can last up to one year but must be completed by October 31

Amount available

Individual projects can receive up to $15,000.

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Robb Luckow

Denise Engen