COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK: June 14th, 2019
Meetings and Announcements:
- Next Council Workshop and Meeting is Monday, June 24th. Workshop start time is 5:30 pm. We will continue our report on the CIP as well as a presentation on the Communications Plan and Department Presentation. (please bring your CIP document).
PARKS AND RECREATION
Wakefield Grand Opening
We had a beautiful night for the Grand Opening/ Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. The parks staff served Root Beer Floats to attendees and put up displays about the new ADA play equipment that will be installed this summer. Mayor Abrams welcomed guests and talked about all of the planning and coordinating involved to get to this new wonderful community park and new building. I visited with several residents, most of which had lived a long time in the neighborhood, some 40 -66 years! Many talked about swimming and fishing in Wakefield lake and they were happy to hear about our partnership with the Watershed District to clean up the lake. Special thanks to Audra and her staff for shepherding this project from vision to building!
Celebrate Summer Event: Maplewood Summer Challenge
It was a picture perfect night Wednesday for the first of our Celebrate Summer Events. Over 500 people flocked to Afton Heights Park to test their skills on the inflatable challenges, wrestle a raccoon, perform science experiments, learn hands only CPR and grab a hot dog with the family. Parks & Rec and Public Safety staff had a blast interacting with the community and are looking forward to the rest of the summer’s events. Thank you to everyone who filled our collection boxes with donations for Second Harvest Heartland and to GOGO SqueeZ and Ramsey County Health for giving out great freebies to the crowd!
Hmong Nature Walk
The first of a new series of Translated Nature Walks at Maplewood Nature Center, started out great on June 7th!
The Hmong interpreter was recommended by gardeners at the Edgerton Community Garden and did an excellent job creating a fun, cross cultural connection with staff and participants.
Topics included woodland wildflowers, pond plants, dragonflies, and pollinators during the walk and all participants, including the instructor, interpreter, and the kids reached their goal of learning at least 3 new nature concepts.
Rush Line – Tuesday on the Trails
The following is a list of dates, times, and locations of upcoming Tuesday on Trails public engagement events for the Rush Line project:
- Tuesday, June 18: Intersection of Bruce Vento Trail and Frost Avenue, 4-6 p.m.
- Tuesday, June 25: Intersection of Bruce Vento Trail and Gervais Avenue, 4-6 p.m.
News from local sources or partners
https://www.twincities.com/2019/06/14/152-unit-apartment-development-underway-at-former-country-view-golf-course-in-maplewood/ Regarding the new Trails Edge Apartment project
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND. MELINDA