In the Summer of 2018, UPDC hosted a series of 4 events as part of Mn DOT's "Rethinking I-94" project in order to engage with neighbors about I-94 and gather their feedback on various topics relating to I-94 in Union Park. For more information on Mn DOT's Rethinking I-94 project, visit their website.
UPDC's engagement events correspond with two goals Mn DOT has set as part of the Rethinking I-94 work:
- Developing a comprehensive, long-term and community-based approach to address I-94 study area needs
- Better understanding who uses I-94, how they use it and what parts of the study area work/do not work for people.
Event No. 1: Ayd Mill Road & Rail Bridge Mural
We had a great turn out for our first event in the series on Sunday, July 15 at 1585 Marshall Avenue. We discussed Ayd Mill Road and the possibility of painting a mural on the rail bridge over the intersection of Snelling and Marshall with neighbors and gathered their feedback. There was wonderful live music from The Smilin' Cowboys, delicious pizza from Pizza Luce, and lemonade popsicles from Pop-Up Meeting! Thanks for everyone who attended and participated in our engagement activities!
*At this time, we are not aware of imminent plans to extend and connect Ayd Mill Road to I-94 via the frontage roads. The survey at this event was created as part of a grant from the Met Council with support from MnDOT. All feedback from neighbors will be included in a report to both organizations. The survey is available here.
Event No. 2: Midtown Greenway Extension
On Saturday, July 28 from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm we held our second event at Merriam Station Community Garden (2001 Gilbert Ave) to discuss an extension of the Midtown Greenway. For more information about the proposed extension from the Midtown Greenway Coalition, check out their website. Neighbors enjoyed free Foxy Falafel and watched "The Sleeping Child", a puppet show put on by local artists (show times @ 12:30 pm and 2:15 pm). The survey created for this event is available here.
"The Sleeping Child" is a puppet show with original songs and music composed by Mrya Hart. It is a new production of an original script written by Ms. Hart. Puppets are created by Margo McCreary. The show is performed by Zoe Hollander, Emma Mingo, Margo McCreary, with pianist Marya Hart and percussionist Bruce Wintervold. For a schedule of all the puppet shows this summer, check out Margo's website here.
The Sleeping Child: The story follows the plight of a mother and her children who have been pushed out of yet another home. One of the children has fallen asleep and takes a dream journey. She is guided to some special places by a magical Sprite, who helps the child find the impetus to wake from her extended sleep and help her family find a home.
Event No. 3: Aldine Pedestrian Bridge
On Saturday, August 25 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm we held our third I-94 event at Aldine Park (1717 Iglehart Avenue) to discuss the Aldine Pedestrian Bridge. We gathered great feedback from neighbors about the usability, accessibility and appearance of Aldine Pedestrian Bridge and what they like about other pedestrian bridges over I-94.
We had great food from Tillie's Farmhouse (especially the brownies!) and musical activities for parents and childrens of all ages and abilities (Playing with Music and special guest, Kendra Henseler)! You can see pictures of the event on our social media accounts!
If you are interested, the survey for this event is available here.
Event No. 4: Hamline Avenue Bridge
We had great turn out and meaningful conversations at our events about Hamline Avenue Bridge at Concordia University and Skyline Towers!
If you have any questions about Union Park District Council's Rethinking I-94 event series, email firstname.lastname@example.org.