Green Campus Initiative
Jackson Square Park, the Holland Flood Mitigation Basin and Edison High School’s campus and athletic fields combine to represent a significant amount of green space in the heart of the Holland neighborhood. This area has received significant investment in recent years, from the creation of the "Basin" as an aesthetically designed recreational area to the revitalization of Jackson Square Park’s facilities and amenities.
The improvements don't end there. The City of Lakes chapter of the Rotary Club donated an award-winning installation of ingeniously designed musical instruments that have proven to be an irresistible draw for children and adults alike. The park and Basin are home to two complementary James Brenner sculptures "In Flux" and "Double Flux" as well as the soon-to-be-completed Edison sign and the "Innovation" backstop, which will crown an improved softball field.
Given that the primary users of this area are our children and young people, it seems only appropriate that attention also be paid to the land management aspect of this "Green Campus". To that end, stakeholders from Public Works, Minneapolis Parks & Rec, Minneapolis Public Schools and the First Ward office worked with Julia Earl of Preventing Harm Minnesota to develop cost-effective joint maintenance protocols that could both save money and efficiencies. At the same time, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization agreed to fund a study to examine projects to improve water quality and potential water collection and reuse in this area.
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Last updated Feb. 27, 2014