A couple weeks ago, we put together a survey for parents in Minneapolis to find out how they felt about the city's schools. Here are a few of the responses.
The most common themes were that many parents want better leadership and they want to see more investments in the schools. Most people also identified positive things, like the teachers and families that are in the district. The majority of respondents asked to do so anonymously, which tracks with what we've heard from a lot of people being worried about publicly sharing their opinions about schools for fear of internet-driven hostility.
Whether you're a parent or not, we always want to hear from you. Use the "Add Context" box at the bottom of the link to tell us how you feel about the city's schools and changes you'd like to see made.
The Park & Recreation Board meets tonight, and has a packed agenda.
The meeting will open with a closed session to discuss a proposed workers compensation settlement, then will approve a variety of contracts to complete project across the city, including Water Works, McRae, and Northeast Athletic Field Parks along with Lake Nokomis. They'll then vote on approving a resolution for a one year contract with Lime, Spin, and Lyft, which will presumably re-open the Nice Ride stations in the city's parks. They'll also be discussing the plan to repair the Lake Harriet Bandshell and ways to reduce carbon emissions from the Board's "fleet." Last night, a resolution to add safer cross walks next to Bde Maka Ska and add parking spaces for the Sailing School was also added.
There are a couple ways to participate in the meeting, which will be held at the Mary Merrill Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Headquarters at 2117 W River Road N. If you want to address the board, call 612-230-6400 before noon to be placed on the speaker sign-up sheet. You can also sign up in-person at the Board meeting prior to the start of open time/public hearing.You can submit written comments to be included in the record and shared with Commissioners to OpenTime@minneapolisparks.org by noon today, or watch the Board meeting live on the Park & Recreation Board's YouTube channel beginning at 5 p.m.
The construction of a new building on the pavilion of Bde Maka Ska will finally be kicking off on Monday (scroll down for an image). The new building (note – the final design removed the fire pits and in-lake seating area in this link) will feature indoor and outdoor dining, restrooms, tons of seating, performance space, and rain gardens.
It'll cost somewhere between $6.2 - $7 million depending on construction change orders, and will be built by Morcon Construction. The building is expected to be open for concessions next summer.
Go show some love to Lutunji's Palate, a new bakery in Elliot Park that was hit by burglars 24 hours after it opened. (WCCO)
Melody recorded a podcast with John from Wedge LIVE! in the middle of Lyndale Ave S, which is thing that you can do now that there's a pedestrian median. (Wedge LIVE!)
The Walker's skyline mini golf course opens this Friday. One of the holes is a Hmong tradition-inspired design created by the Asian American Organizing Project's Youth Action Team. (Mpls.St. Paul Magazine)
Lakewood Cemetery shares the story of one of its famous residents, Swan J. Turnblad. (Instagram)
A history of dedicated transit lanes in Minneapolis with Peter Wagenius. (Wedge LIVE!)
Twins pitcher Joe Ryan is a certified cycling nut. (Racket)
Springboard Arts is hosting an event at 5:30 p.m. about how NFTs can support artists. (Twitter)
Starting today, Centerpoint Energy will be replacing gas lines on and around 27th and Lyndale. Here's the schedule: "From Wednesday, May 18 to Wednesday, May 25, the crew will put an existing natural gas main out of service at Emerson, Nicollet, and 3rd Avenues S. along 27th Street. Lanes and portions of 27th Street will be closed to through traffic. For approximately one or two weeks after May 25, the crew will replace the main across Lyndale Avenue S. while maintaining four-way traffic. After this, the crew will replace the main from Emerson to Lyndale Avenues S., closing 27th Street to through traffic for approximately four to five weeks."
Pick up free groceries today at Source MN.
OUT & ABOUT
Red Eye Ruby is playing their weekly residency tonight (and every Wednesday in May) at Mortimer's.
The Lyndale Neighborhood Association is hosting a Mexican Fiesta Community Dinner at Zion Lutheran Church tonight at 6:00 p.m.
Live band karaoke tonight on the back patio of Pimento Jamaican Kitchen.
Downton Abbey fans – there's a sneak preview of the new movie tonight at the Lagoon.
Bingo & burritos from Sonora Mexican Kitchen & Bar tonight at Lakes and Legends, which proceeds going to Firefighters for Healing.
Do you have a gigantic dog? Good news, it's Giant Dog Breed Night at Unleashed.
Learn about recharging in nature with the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community at 6:30 p.m.