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Show off your neighborhood!

We want to know what you love about the neighborhood and why it’s special.

Snap your favorite place, favorite activity to do, or even your favorite neighbor!

Your photo submissions will help us identify the assets and stories of the neighborhood, as part of our Community Snapshot project. Check back here and our social media to see the first round of photo submissions go live on April 12th.


Community Snapshot Photos
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You can also submit your photo on facebook by tagging us OR by tweeting your photo and mentioning us.


Any comments, questions or concerns? Contact Tyra Payer at tyra.payer@nokomiseast.org 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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NENA Launches a New Business Grant Program

NENA is offering two new grants for Nokomis Area businesses: the Marketing Matching Grant and the Business Partnerships Grant.  The goals of these grant projects are to provide support for Nokomis East business districts, encourage business partnerships, and increase local customer traffic to our businesses.

Nokomis East Marketing Matching Grant
Businesses seeking to update their branding, website, marketing, or looking to attract more customers can apply for up to $2,000 for their project.  This grant matches $2 for every $1 spent by the participant.

Nokomis East Business Marketing Matching Grant Guidelines

Business Marketing Matching Application 2017

Nokomis East Business Partnership Grant
Two or more Nokomis East businesses that seek to engage in a short or long-term marketing or public engagement partnership can apply for up to $5,000 in matching funds.  This grant matches $2 for every $1 spent by the participant.

Nokomis East Business Partnership Grant Guidelines

Nokomis East Business Partnership Grant Application

Contact Program and Communication Manager Lauren Hazenson at lauren.hazenson@nokomiseast.org for more information.

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NENA Curb Appeal Matching Grant Lottery

NENA’s Housing, Commercial and Streetscape Committee is offering this program for the second year to help homeowners with small exterior projects and front lawn projects.  Sign up for the Curb Appeal Grant Lottery and get your upcoming project entered to win a matching grant up to $500! Registration forms are due by April 20. Winners will be selected at the NENA Annual Meeting on April 26.

Project Restrictions:

  • All projects must be visible from the sidewalk. Exterior projects only.
  • Applicants must include before and after project photos.
  • Painting and trim work (paint, supplies, scraping, etc.) are eligible.
  • Exterior lighting (sconces, yard lights, porch lights, etc.) is eligible.
  • Masonry work and tuck-pointing are eligible.
  • Restoration of historically appropriate exterior finishes, details and materials are eligible.
  • Hardscaping (retaining walls, steps, sidewalk, pathway, etc.) is eligible.
  • Labor and permit costs are eligible (homeowner labor costs are not eligible)
  • Fencing is not eligible
  • Landscaping (plants, trees, flowers, gardening, sod, etc.) is not eligible

Payment to Participants:
This is a reimbursement project.  In the application process, participants will be required to submit a project budget, the total requested amount and “before” photos to be eligible.  At the end of the project period in October, participants will be required to submit itemized receipts for all work and purchases and submit “after” photos.

Nokomis East homeowners and property owners of non-commercial properties with up to four units, are eligible to participate in the project.  The property must be located in the Keewaydin, Minnehaha, Morris Park or Wenonah neighborhoods.  The project is available only to existing properties, not new construction.  NENA staff may support renters to work with their landlord to apply.  Businesses and commercial property owners are not eligible to participate (funding source restriction).

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Welcome to Nokomis East!

NENA Mission Statement:
To better the quality of life and build a sense of community pride by sponsoring actions which help our environment, businesses and homes.

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