The Nokomis East Neighborhood Association and Metro Blooms are hosting a Bike Tour of existing Blooming Alleys at 6 pm on Thursday, July 14th. We’ll meet at the Sandcastle restaurant (4955 W. Lake Nokomis Pkwy) on the west side of the lake and take a bike tour of five Blooming Alleys near Lake Nokomis. We’ll stop along the way to hear stories from project participants and view a variety of practices including raingardens, native plantings, and permeable pavement and will wrap up at Nokomis Beach Coffee. Attendees will learn more about possible projects, view examples of the projects, and connect with Metro Blooms and community members who have done these projects in the past. We’ll also discuss how to get involved or start your own Blooming Alleys project!
Blooming Alleys is a program to engage neighborhoods to re-imagine how our alleyways look and function. Using practices like native plantings, raingardens, and permeable pavement, the alleyway can be attractive and multi-functional. Over the next year and a half, Metro Blooms will work with 200+ residents along a 5-mile stretch of Minnehaha Creek to improve the look and function of 25 alleyways! Current projects are focused by Lake Nokomis, Diamond Lake, and in the Lynnhurst Neighborhood. Through this Metro Blooms program, homeowners may receive significant financial help to create a Blooming Alleys project on their property.