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MN Cycling Center Proposal for Shoreham Yards

The Minnesota Cycling Center has proposed building a complex that would include a velodrome (bicycle racing track) on the eastern edge of the Shoreham Yards area (just off Central Avenue). 

Minneapolis City Council member Kevin Reich (Ward 1) is hosting a community meeting on Tuesday, October 8, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., at Columbia Manor, 3300 Central Avenue, to discuss the proposal.

An in-depth story is available at The Journal.

Waite Park Playground and Wading Pool Improvements Public Input Meetings

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is holding three meetings to gather input from the public regarding playground and pool improvements at Waite Park.  The first meeting will be focused primarily on proposed playground improvements.  We will be exploring a few concepts and play feature options and coming up with ideas to help formulate a preferred concept. The second meeting will be held to present a single, refined concept for the playground based on user input from the initial meeting.  Discussion for the planned wading pool upgrades will also take place at the second meeting, exploring a few concept ideas.  The third meeting will be held to present a single, refined concept for the wading pool based on user input from the second meeting.  

Meeting Date 1: July 18th, 2013 (Playground Discussion)
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: Waite Park Recreation Building, 1810 34th Avenue, NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Meeting Date 2: August 1, 2013 (Playground and Pool Discussion)
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: Waite Park Recreation Building, 1810 34th Avenue, NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Meeting Date 3: TBD (pool Discussion)

Please join us and share your ideas and concerns. Thank you!

WPCC Proposes Bylaw Amendments for 2013

The Waite Park Community Council (WPCC) is proposing amendments to the current bylaws governing the board of directors and membership. Proposed changes are intended to correct errors, bring consistency and clearer definition to language, and better reflect current practices.

All those who live, work, or own property within the Waite Park neighborhood are invited and strongly encouraged to review the proposed amendments by one of three ways:

  • Review the document here online: WPCC Proposed Bylaws 2013
  • Attend a neighborhood meeting, March 6th or April 3rd
  • Visit the Waite Park Recreation Center (1810 34th Ave.) and request to view a copy
The WPCC Board of Directors intends to vote on the proposed amendments at the April 3rd neighborhood meeting. Comments and questions regarding the proposed amendments may be submitted by email to: or mailed to: Waite Park Community Council, P.O. Box 18476, Minneapolis, MN 55418. A portion of the April 3rd meeting will also allow for public comments and questions before a formal vote is taken.

Please take time to review this important document and to understand how it affects the governance of the WPCC.

Nicollet-Central Transit Study


Mark you calendars for three public open houses on the latest phase of Nicollet-Central Transit Alternatives Study. The proposed route up Central Avenue through Northeast Minneapolis includes three stops in the Waite Park Neighborhood at 32nd, 35th, and 37th Avenues.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 12, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. MPHA Parker Skyview Community Room, 1815 Central Avenue NE.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 13, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. HCMC Whittier Clinic, 2810 Nicollet Avenue S.
  • Thursday, Feb. 14, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall.

The City of Minneapolis invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event within our city. There will be Somali and Spanish interpreters at the open houses.  The open houses are wheelchair accessible.  Should you require an accommodation for you to fully participate or interpreter services for language(s) other than Somali or Spanish, please contact Anna Flintoft at 612-673-3885 or at least 48 hours in advance.

At these open houses, we will share the results of the initial screening of alternative transit modes and alignments and an overview of the next phase of study - the detailed evaluation of alternatives. The first phase of study was completed last fall to define the project rationale or "purpose and need"; you can review the Phase I Public Engagement Summary on the project website study information page.

The Nicollet-Central corridor extends from the south along Nicollet Avenue at the 46th Street/Interstate 35W Transit Station, through downtown Minneapolis along Nicollet Mall, over the Mississippi River, and north along Central Avenue NE to the Columbia Heights Transit Center at 41st Avenue NE. The Nicollet-Central Transit Alternatives Study began last fall and will be completed later in the summer of 2013. The outcome of the study will identify a preferred transit enhancement that could serve as the first phase of a longer-range vision for transit service in the corridor.

For more information, visit the project website at

Another Way to Help Your Community

neic_logo_with_text_2.jpgThe Northeast Investment Cooperative (NEIC) is a for-profit cooperative that aims to raise capital and purchase, rehab, and lease commercial real estate on Central Ave in Northeast Minneapolis. The goal is to make transformative investments that improve the overall attractiveness of Central Avenue and bring in owner-occupied, independent businesses. Currently the NEIC boasts a membership of over 70 members with many more concerned Northeasters coming on each month.

The Northeast Investment Cooperative has grown out of an interest to make a positive change on Central Avenue, the backbone of Northeast Minneapolis. Many members have been interested in doing something with vacant or underutilized property along Central and are ready to do something about it. NEIC believes that by investing patient capital together, by actively recruiting local businesses to occupy their properties, and by supporting those businesses as they grow and thrive, they can bring transformative change to Northeast Minneapolis, one building at a time.

A growing group of neighbors has been meeting since spring 2011 to create this grassroots approach to community development. Planning has advanced enough that NEIC is inviting the broader Northeast community to join the effort and lay the groundwork for NEIC's first property purchase.

Come and learn more about cooperative community investment on Monday, 11/5, at 7pm, at the Waite Park Community Center, 1810 34th Ave. NE.  RSVP to if you can make it!

Our Neighborhood Needs Your Help

Waite Park ATM 2012 - Group shot 01-8686 sm.jpgThe Waite Park Community Council is looking for motivated individuals to join our board to help address neighborhood concerns, engage our community and residents, and maintain a high level of urban living in Northeast Minneapolis.

Since 1954, the Waite Park Community Council has worked to represent the interests of residents, business owners, and other interested parties in Northeast Minneapolis. Our mission is to serve as a forum to support the interests of the Waite Park neighborhood to maintain a high quality of life through community engagement. Over the past 50 years, the Waite Park Community Council has worked to bolster the health of our public parks and schools, provide access to low-interest home loans for our residents, and provide expertise and resources to address residential concerns, business expansions, and address a myriad of livability issues in Minneapolis. Now we need your help.

The Waite Park Community Council is looking for residents and business owners to join our board for a term of two years. We are looking for residents interested in grant writing, financial planning, legal affairs, design, or public policy. The only prerequisite to join is that you are 18 years old or over and live, work, or own property within the Waite Park neighborhood. 

We are a non-partisan, non-profit organization serving the Waite Park neighborhood. The Waite Park Community Council is a registered 501(c)3 organization in good standing with the Minnesota Secretary of State. 

If you would like to find out more about joining the Waite Park Community Council, please email us at

Central Avenue Transit Alternatives


Thousands of people a day travel along the corridor that includes Central Avenue in Northeast and Nicollet Avenue in south Minneapolis. The City of Minneapolis in conjunction with the Metropolitan Council is looking at the possibility of expanding or enhancing the transit corridor along Central and Nicollet Avenues.

The project seeks to provide efficient transportation from the transit hub at 41st and Central avenues NE, through Northeast and downtown, down Nicollet and all the way to the transit hub at Interstate 35W and East 46th Street.

Establishing a "locally preferred alternative," using criteria the federal government established, is essential to attracting federal transit funds for the project, according to Minneapolis Public Works Project Manager Anna Flintoff. Flintoff will be updating the Waite Park Neighborhood at the Waite Park Community Council meeting on Wednesday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Waite Park Community Center (1810 34th Avenue NE).

The Nicollet-Central Transit Alternatives Study, which started this summer and is expected to conclude next summer, is designed to "identify a preferred transit enhancement which could serve as a first phase of a longer-range vision for transit service throughout the 9.2-mile corridor," according to information from the Minneapolis Public Works Department, which is conducting the study. "The Project will determine the benefits, costs and impacts of implementing a variety of transit modes and service types, including streetcar and enhanced bus options, to identify a locally preferred alternative for inclusion in the Metropolitan Council's 2030 Transportation Policy Plan."

The City of Minneapolis is now conducting a study to identify a preferred transit enhancement for the corridor, which could include a streetcar line or enhanced bus options.

Central Avenue in the Waite Park Neighborhood offers a challenge to planners from 27th Avenue to 37th with that stretch being primarily residential. If you like along or near Central Avenue we hope that you join us on Wednesday to meet with Anna to discuss this project.

Waite Park Community Council Meeting

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m

Waite Park Community Center (1810 34th Avenue NE)

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