Urban agriculture transformation planned in East Phillips neighborhood, Spring 2021
Hennepin County is working with the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) to transform three adjacent vacant lots owned by the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) near the Midtown Greenway into an urban farm and community gathering place.
NACDI will operate the Four Sisters Farm on the site to provide access to fresh healthy foods and serve as a learning environment for indigenous farming, medicine, and lifeways.
The project site is located along East 29th Street between Bloomington and 18th avenues south near the Midtown Greenway in the East Philips neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Construction and implementation are to take place in spring of 2021.
The project team gathered community input at an initial project kick-off event October 12, 2020, at the project site, with social distancing and masks required. Additionally, community members provided feedback in an online survey, available in English, Spanish and Somali. Community members expressed overwhelming support for, and interest in, the project.
Community members will continue to be invited to share ideas and participate in project planning and implementation. For more information, to get involved, or to share feedback, please contact Crystal Myslajek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about the project (PDF).
Celebración de la cultura y construcción de la comunidad a través de la agricultura urbana en East Philips (PDF).
Beerta Afarta Gabdhood ee Walaalaha ah (PDF)
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board accepts ownership of Cepro site
On Wednesday, January 2, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) adopted a resolution to accept ownership and management of the Cepro site from Hennepin County.
Transferring the Cepro site to MPRB makes it an official neighborhood park, allowing it to benefit from more resources for improvements, maintenance and public safety. The transfer comes with additional funding from the county to make initial improvements to the space.
The Cepro site is a 1.65-acre green space on the Midtown Greenway between 10th and 11th avenues in the Midtown Philips neighborhood of Minneapolis. Hennepin County purchased the site in 2000. Since then, through the Midtown Community Works program, the county has made improvements such as:
- Adding trails that connect to the Midtown Exchange building, Lake Street and the surrounding area
- Placemaking features
- Landscaping improvements
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