RAIL DETRAILMENT EXERCISE
Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association (CIDNA) and other neighborhood organizations along the SWLRT line have been requesting a public preparedness and evacuation drill from the city for some time. One was held on Thursday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It began with classroom instruction at Sisyphus Brewing (712 Ontario Avenue West). Then interested participants were transported to a designated area to observe the field exercise.
KINGFIELD GARDEN TOUR JULY 13
This year’s Kingfield Garden tour will be Thursday, July 13 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and then all attendees and garden hosts are invited to close the evening behind Butter Bakery at the Sundial Building for a Community Garden Party.
NEW PLANTS AT MUELLER PARK
A small team of volunteers helped get 48 new plantings added to the pergola garden in Mueller Park on Thursday, June 15. The drought of the past few years had made it necessary to refresh the plantings. The park board supplied the drought-resistant flowers and shrubs. Diablo Ninebark shrubs were added along the back section. Flowers added to the front were: White Swan Coneflower, Moonshine Yarrow, Catmint and Ornamental Onion. If you have an interest in joining the gardening team, send Joan an e-mail: email@example.com.
BOAT LAUNCH TO REOPEN JULY 7
The Bde Maka Ska boat launch is scheduled to reopen by Friday, July 7, 2023. Concrete work will be finished soon, but it will need time to cure before it’s ready for heavy vehicles. Construction on the rebuilt pavilion area is still ongoing. The project is on track to reopen to the public this summer. The project will create two new buildings, including new, all-gender accessible restrooms and ample outdoor public seating to replace the building that burned down in 2019. The Minneapolis Sailing Center and Wheel Fun Rentals are operating at northeast Bde Maka Ska this season.
ADOPT A STORM DRAIN
Hamline University recently reported on Adopt-a-Drain programs in the United States. Of the 170 active programs in the nation, the Minneapolis program ranked No. 1 for communities over 100,000 people because it had the most storm drains adopted (6,179 at the time of the report in September 2022) and the highest rate of adoption: 14.5 storm drains adopted per 1,000 people.