Temporary greenway coming to the North Side

City testing how a greenway would work on Irving Avenue North

The City of Minneapolis is exploring the possibility of converting a low-traffic street in the Jordan and Folwell neighborhoods into a greenway to get residents closer to places for physical activity. So that residents and the City can get an idea of how a permanent greenway might work and so the City can assess interest, a temporary greenway (paint and materials on top of existing streets) is going in on the 3000-3500 blocks of Irving Avenue North between Folwell and Jordan parks. Crews will install it starting June 1 and finish by June 10. Current plans call for it to be in place for up to a year.

The temporary greenway will include designated paths and boulevards for walking and bicycling; traffic calming elements; flower planters; benches and tables to gather, relax and eat at; and painted pavement art.

Residents along the temporary greenway route were sent letters May 19 about what to expect, upcoming events, opportunities to get involved or provide feedback, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Parking and vehicle traffic on the temporary greenway route

·         Access for emergency and service vehicles will be maintained on all blocks.

·         The 3000-3400 blocks of Irving Avenue North will remain open to motor vehicle traffic but will have reduced parking capacity. No parking will be allowed on the 3500 block of Irving Avenue North except disability parking for vehicles with permits. All blocks will have continued access to their alleys, driveways and garages.

·         The City will work with contractors to maintain the temporary greenway, including snow and ice control along the open traffic lanes, with special maintenance attention paid to alleys.

Safety on the temporary greenway route and alleys

The greenway is intended as a place for people to gather and walk or bike safely. Research shows that when new parks or green spaces are added in cities, safety usually stays the same or improves. The City is pursuing the following strategies to address safety concerns along the temporary greenway route and adjacent alleys:

·         Alley lighting.

·         Resident engagement activities.

·         Alley snow clearance.

·         Alley monitoring by the Minneapolis Police Department.

·         Block clubs.

·         As always, anyone who feels unsafe anywhere should call 911.

Get involved

·         Help assemble the street furniture Tuesday, June 7.

·         “Paint the Pavement” Saturday, June 11.

·         Grand opening Saturday, June 25.

·         Residents can give feedback throughout the year, and the City will make real-time changes to the temporary greenway route.

o   Call 311 (612-673-3000 from outside Minneapolis city limits).

o   Email the Minneapolis Health Department at healthyliving@minneapolismn.gov.

o   Complete an online survey on the Northside Greenway project website.

o   Fill out a comment card from a kiosk at either end of the temporary greenway.

o   Use a postcard from the June 25 grand opening event or door knockers canvassing along the route in late summer and the winter.

This temporary greenway follows three years of community engagement with neighbors. Over the summer, many of the neighbors living on and near Irving Avenue shared their thoughts and ideas. The City used that input to create this temporary project.

Find more about the North Minneapolis greenway project at www.minneapolismn.gov/health/living/northminneapolisgreenway.

Published May 27, 2016

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