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Community Snapshot Forum



Community Forum

March 6th, 6:30-8pm

Lake Nokomis Community Church

5011 31st Avenue South


Share your ideas for the neighborhood! 

  • What are your dreams for the Nokomis East community?
  • What does a successful community look like?



Attend the Community Snapshot Forum to tell us what you see in your neighborhood and what you want to see. The Community Snapshot will will be used to inform our strategic plan for the next three years.

Results from the Community Forum will be shared at the Annual Meeting for feedback from your neighbors!

RSVP on our Facebook page, or mark it on your calendar.

A free meal will be provided for all attendees, so come hungry!


For any questions contact Tyra Payer at or at (612)-724-5652.

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Get the Latest on Park Projects

With our community rich in parks and trails, it can be hard to follow all of the latest news. Below are links to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MBRB) project pages. Find up-to-date information on planning and community engagement, and sign up for email project updates.

  1. Bossen Field Park Building Improvements
  2. Keewaydin, Morris Park and Lake Nokomis Community Center ADA Improvements
  3. Minnehaha Parkway Trail Master Plan
  4. Morris Park Sidewalk and Pavement Rehabilitation
  5. Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park

MPRB Planning Projects

MPRB Commissioner for our neighborhood is Commissioner Steffanie Musich. Sign up for the Fifth District E-Newsletter.

For more information, visit NENA’s Park and Recreation Resource Page.


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Minnehaha Townhomes

Update from the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority about a new housing development at the corner of 54th Street and Riverview Road starting in 2018:

The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) is pleased to announce $1.57 million dollars in proposed funding from the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) to enable the construction of Minnehaha Townhomes. The 16-unit townhome development will provide permanent housing for families exiting Hennepin County homeless shelters. The MHFA contribution would be by far the largest component of a financing package from various sources; with this crucial investment, the vision for Minnehaha Townhomes is close to reality.

“These 16 homes are a rare opportunity to directly take on the crisis in housing for large, very low-income families,” said MPHA Executive Director and CEO Cora McCorvey.  “Although the need is enormous, this project will be life-changing for the deserving families who live there, and should be a model for future efforts.” The current groundbreaking target is the summer of 2017, with townhomes available for move-in the following spring. [UPDATE, FALL 2017: Groundbreaking has been delayed until 2018.]

The townhomes will feature four buildings of four units each, on a presently vacant site on Riverview Road in the Minnehaha neighborhood of Minneapolis. Along with Hennepin County and other partners, MPHA will combine stable, quality housing with essential, on-site social services for families seeking to emerge from a cycle of homelessness.  Units of two, three, and four bedrooms will suit families of varying size. The grounds feature a community garden, children’s play area, outdoor patio, and connections to city sidewalk and trail systems.

“With Minnehaha Townhomes, we’ve got an ideal combination of design and location to enable families to succeed and move forward,” said MPHA Director of Policy and Special Initiatives Bob Boyd. The site is a quarter-mile from a Metro Transit light rail station, providing crucial transportation to jobs, shopping, and services for families who are unlikely to have cars. It is walking distance from the VA Medical Center and Minnehaha Regional Park.

The Minnehaha Townhomes are a part of MPHA’s “Shelter-to-Housing” initiative, and would be constructed and operated by MPHA under its “Faircloth” authority, which provides a federal operating subsidy for public housing units. As HUD does not have a development program, construction of these homes requires funding for other sources, such as MHFA.  The $1.57 million in proposed deferred-loan funding for the Minnehaha Townhomes is part of an $80 million MHFA investment statewide in funding for affordable housing in 2016.

Visit the MPHA Project Page.


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Nokomis Green Fair

Make a commitment to environmental sustainability part of 2018! Cut your carbon footprint, reduce your impact on landfills, keep local plants and animals thriving, care for our lakes and streams by making some simple adjustments to your personal habits.

At the first-ever Nokomis Green Fair, NENA will be hosting several organizations like Minnesota Food Association, Minneapolis Recycles, Applied Energy Innovations, Nokomis Naturescapeand more, all with tips and tricks to green your life. Wondering how to purchase a CSA share or confused about composting? No question is too small, and our exhibitors are eager to help.


Nokomis Green Fair
Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018
12:00 – 3:00 pm
Lake Nokomis Community Center – 2401 E. Minnehaha Parkway

The event will also offer informative presentations and high-quality giveaway items. The first 100 attendees will receive a free kitchen food scrap bin for composting, courtesy of NENA’s Green Initiatives Committee. We hope to see you there!

Green Fair Schedule

12:00 pm
Fair is open

 12:15 pm
Green Initiatives Fun Quiz
12:30 pm Presentation
“Grow Don’t Mow” – Mama Terra Gardens

1:00 pm
Green Initiatives Fun Quiz

1:30 pm Presentation
“How to Transition Your Home to Zero Waste” – ZeroWasted

2 pm
Green Initiatives Fun Quiz

Green Initiatives Fun Quiz

Event Ends


All Energy Solar
Applied Energy Innovations
CAKE- Plus-Size Resale
City Of Minneapolis- Minneapolis Recycles
Habitat For Humanity ReStore
Mama Terra Gardens
Metro Blooms
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
Minnesota Food Association
Minnesota Tool Library
Minneapolis Toy Library
Monarch Magic
Nokomis Naturescape
NENA Green Initiatives Committee
The Butterfly Effect Journal
Wild Ones Twin Cities

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NENA Welcomes New At Large Board Member

In November, Jerome Evans of the Minnehaha neighborhood was appointed to fill a recently vacated At Large seat on the Board of Directors. Jerome is a part of the NENA’s Finance and Fundraising Committee and leads the Events Team.

Jerome shared, “My experiences in the neighborhood has been profoundly positive! I moved to Minneapolis from Atlanta and, while I do still love the South, living here has allowed me to experience natural recreation areas like Lake Nokomis Park and Minnehaha Park for the first time. It’s a lovely and very livable neighborhood!”

During his time on the NENA Board, he hopes, “for the community to feel more connected. I’d also like for the neighborhood to have a large event or point of pride that can differentiate us from the other neighborhoods in the cities. I would like to see us develop more programs for our neighbors to take advantage of, develop some earned income to further diversify our revenue stream, and start producing some more branded items for our neighbors to show off!

As the leader of the Fundraising Events Team I intend to be a very visible and audible presence at most NENA events. Therefore my primary communication style will be face to face. That said, I will also work with the Communications Team to advance our culture of fundraising through social media posts, articles in the quarterly newsletter, and through our website.”

We are glad that Jerome has joined the NENA team!

Click here for information about serving on NENA’s Board.

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NENA Welcomes New Morris Park Board Member

In September, Danielle Isaacson of Morris Park was appointed to fill a recently vacated seat on the Board of Directors. Danielle has been co-chair of the Green Initiatives Committee since 2015.

Danielle has been a Morris Park resident for almost three years, and during this time, she has grown to greatly appreciate the neighborhood, its residents, and its unique attributes.

Danielle said, “My primary hope and goal for NENA is to increase resident awareness and participation in NENA’s programs and committees. NENA has wonderful opportunities for residents to get involved and make meaningful changes in their neighborhood. NENA also provides valuable services to homeowners and renters. I would like to see residents become more engaged, either by taking advantage of NENA programming or by becoming involved as volunteers, committee members, etc.

During my Board term I will continue my role as the Green Initiatives Committee co-chair and as a member of the Food Garden. Through these two groups I have had the opportunity to meet and engage with residents via projects that are aimed to improve the neighborhood and environment. I have greatly enjoyed my role with these groups and look forward to the community engagement opportunities with both during my Board term. The knowledge and connections I build as a member of the Board will also help me better support and contribute to the Green Initiatives Committee and the Food Garden.”

We are glad that Danielle has joined the NENA team!

Click here for information about serving on NENA’s Board.

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