Join the Friends of the Falls Community Conversations

Attend an upcoming Community Conversation to connect with Native leaders, the design team, and neighbors and discuss topics like restoration, programming, connectivity, and economic opportunity.

On March 16, Native leaders Robert Lilligren, Carrie Day Aspinwall, Sharon Day, and Wakinyan LaPointe will be joined by river experts John Shepard (Hamline University, Center for Global Environmental Education) and Whitney Clark (Friends of the Mississippi River). We’ll discuss the River, its role at this place, and its relationship to people through time. We’ll consider the interconnected themes of ecology, history, rights of Water, and reciprocity with the River from an Indigenous perspective.


In-person, food and beverage will be provided!



Additional Community Conversations:

  • April 12 – Restoring a Story Disrupted: What Can This Place Become?
  • May 21 – Building Connections 
  • June 15 – A Powerful Place for Partnerships

    Learn more at

Mpls Park and Recreation Land Policy - Draft + Feedback

A draft of the updated Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Land Policy is open for public comment until March 17, 2022.

The updated MPRB Land Policy will guide land policy and procedures. This draft of the updated MPRB Land Policy deleted superfluous and non-directly related sections; added other smaller, but more relevant policies that resided elsewhere; and further expanded other portions of existing land policy and procedures.

Use the links below to view the policy and send feedback:

Draft MPRB Land Policy

Online Feedback Form

Southeast Senior Partners Upcoming Events

Beyond Similes & Metaphors: Fun with Figures of Speech

Wednesday, March 23rd, 20221:30-2:30 pm

This class is co-sponsored by Southeast Seniors & Minneapolis Community Education and will be held via Zoom. It is offered on a sliding fee scale, with a suggested contribution of $0-$5.

The ancient Greeks and Romans invented hundreds of figures of speech to ornament their writing. Most of these had faded out of use by the end of the 19th century. This class will teach you a dozen figures to enhance your reading with lively examples of literature from the Bible, the stories of Sherlock Holmes, and more.

Karen Murdock is a former Geography teacher. She is passionately interested in Sherlock Holmes, gardening, and the spatial distribution of everything.

To register, please call 612-668-1100 and provide your name, phone number and email address or register online here:


Virtual Book Club: The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
Tuesday, March 29th from 1- 2pm

Southeast Seniors partners with the Arvonne Fraser Library to offer a FREE virtual book club that meets via Zoom on a monthly basis.  There's still plenty of time to sign up if you're interested, and no cost to participate! The library provides copies of each book title for participants to borrow. To register or for more information, please call Southeast Seniors at 612-331-2302 or email us at [email protected] with your name, phone number, and email address. When you contact us, please let us know whether you'd like to borrow a book, and we can arrange home delivery!

UMN Short Survey on Pedestrian Safety

The HumanFIRST laboratory is seeking volunteers to participate in a short survey about pedestrian safety in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. This is a follow up survey to one that was administered in Nov 2020-Jan 2021. Regardless of your participation in the previous survey, they appreciate your response to this follow up survey. Everyone aged 18 and older is invited to take this survey, including those who previously took it last winter. This survey is expected to take approximately 5 minutes to complete and can be found here:

This research is being conducted by Dr. Nichole Morris from the HumanFIRST Laboratory at the University of Minnesota. If you have any questions or concerns about this survey, email Nichole Morris at n[email protected]
Contact Bradley Drahos [email protected] with any additional questions about this survey. If you would like to know more about this project feel free to read more at

City asks public for ideas on Minneapolis redistricting


After every census, Minneapolis updates the boundaries of its 13 City Council wards and six Park Board districts to reflect new population counts. The Redistricting Group, made up of 24 Minneapolis volunteers, builds the new maps with input from their communities. The Redistricting Group needs your help with the redistricting project to make sure all voices are heard.

The 2021 municipal election is based on the 2010 census maps, but City Council members elected in November will serve a term of two years rather than four. Another City Council election in 2023 will be based on the new maps from the 2020 census.

Participate in the redistricting project

Share your feedback on proposed 2022 City budget at upcoming online public hearings

Three upcoming online public hearings are available for people to speak publicly to the City Council regarding Mayor Jacob Frey’s recommended 2022 City Budget. Comments can also be submitted online at the City’s website.

Online public hearings

  • 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16
  • 6:05 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1
  • 6:05 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8

Comments submitted online will be entered into the public record and shared with the mayor and council members. The City Council is scheduled to vote on adopting the budget on Wednesday, Dec. 8. 

Learn how to participate in online public hearings.

The proposed 2022 $1.599 billion City budget includes a 5.45% levy increase. 

Visit the City’s website to learn more about the mayor’s recommended budget, key dates in the approval process, FAQs and more. You can also watch a series of videos on the City’s budget process.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board seeks applicants for Advisory Committees

Application accepted through December 3 for openings on five different committees, boards or councils


The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is seeking applications for community appointments to five ongoing Advisory Boards and Committees:

  • Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Board – One (1) Opening
  • Minneapolis Tree Advisory Commission – Five (5) Openings
  • Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee – Three (3) Openings
  • Racial Equity Advisory Committee – One (1) Opening
  • Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council – One (1) Opening

Use the application linked below to apply for any of the above openings:

Board Appointments Online Application

You may also download an application from the MPRB Committee Appointments page or call MPRB Customer Service at 612-230-6400 to request an application, fill it out and submit it via email or mail:

  • Email to [email protected] 
  • Mail to Board Secretary; Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board; 2117 West River Road North; Minneapolis MN 55417

Service commitment may vary based upon needs, expectations and policy goals. However, most committee members can expect to approximately 10-15 hours of work per month.

Terms for the appointments for the Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Board and Minneapolis Tree Advisory are one-year and there are no term limits. Terms for the Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee, Racial Equity Advisory Committee and Minneapolis Homegrown Food Council are two-years and some term limits may apply.

Some Boards/Commissions have a need for specialized skills, but most people will find a Board or Commission that is a great fit for their knowledge base. Public members of Board and Commissions are people who may not have regular, ongoing experience in a specific topic area, but have a general interest in a Board or Commission’s work area. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about an area of interest and contribute a fresh and unique perspective. 

Applications are due by 4:30 pm on Friday, December 3, 2021.  Following submission, applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of the application and describing the general process for appointment. Appointments for open positions will be made at the January 4, 2021 meeting of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. For a full description of each committee and to complete the application please visit:

Applicants with questions about the appointments process should email their questions to [email protected].

Use the link below to sign up for email notifications for advisory committee opportunities:

Committee and Advisory Board Appointments Email Subscription

Upcoming Organics Recycling Informational Sessions

Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling is happy to announce the opening of three new organics recycling drop-off sites this fall in partnership with Hennepin County and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. These drop-off bins are free for residential use, and can be accessed by signing up online at


Sites opening this fall:

  • Holmes Park: open 10/27/21. Park located at 414 SE 3rd Ave.
  • Elliot Park: open 11/1/21. Park located at 1000 E 14th St.
  • Towerside Park: open 11/9/21. Park located at 2909 4th St SE.


New to organics recycling? Learn how to collect organics in your home at an upcoming informational session:

Public hearing on Park Board's Comprehensive Plan, Parks for All, scheduled Sept. 29

After three years of research, engagement and public feedback, a public hearing on Parks for All, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board's Comprehensive Plan, will be held 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29 in the board room at Mary Merrill Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Headquarters, 2117 W. River Road.

Parks for All is a new Comprehensive Plan for the Park Board that will set long-term organization priorities and policy direction. 

How to participate

  • Call (recommended): You may sign up to provide comment for the public hearing by phone by completing the Virtual Speaker Signup Form before noon Sept. 29.
  • Write: Send your comment to [email protected] by noon Sept. 29.

Learn more about the Parks for All plan

Review and comment on the draft METRO E Line Corridor Plan

The draft Corridor Plan for the METRO E Line project defines where stations will be located and how they’ll fit into the 13-mile bus rapid transit corridor. This plan reflects years of project planning and community engagement to shape this investment in the Route 6 bus corridor, and we’re seeking your feedback on the plan before it’s finalized next spring.

Before the pandemic, customers took more than 8,000 daily rides on Route 6, making it one of Metro Transit’s busiest bus routes. Route 6 has retained strong ridership through the pandemic, and investment in bus rapid transit is a key part of Metro Transit’s efforts to build back as a stronger and better transit system.

Metro Transit is seeking community feedback on planned station locations. Explore the plan and provide your comments by October 31.  Learn how you can participate in the process at

If you have any questions, need further accommodations to access plan materials, or if your group is interested in a virtual project presentation, please contact project staff by email or by phone at 612-599-0459.

What's in the Corridor Plan? 

Station maps include specific locations for each planned station, including the proposed corners where stations would be built at each intersection

More information on the E Line corridor, including alignment, and proposed changes to Route 6 and other bus service.

How can I get involved?

Due to the continued pandemic, E Line project staff are not hosting in-person meetings. Here is how you can get more information or get involved: