Kenwood helps fund Walker Library

Kenwood isn't just talking the talk; it's walking the Walker walk. At its annual meeting on May 3, the Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) voted to give $30,000 of its unspent Neighborhood Revitalization Program funds to the Walker Library, 2880 Hennepin Ave. S.

Former City Councilmember and current KIAA board member Pat Scott proposed the modification to the group's NRP plan at the meeting. Neighborhood residents at the annual meeting voted overwhelmingly to aid the cash-strapped library.

The Walker, which serves Kenwood and eight other Southwest neighborhoods, has a leaking roof that will cost approximately $700,000 to fix. The Library Board is diverting money designated for improvements to fix the roof.

The $30,000 donated by KIAA helps restore some of those planned improvements, such as enhancing information technology, expanding the collection and multimedia resources, and updating children's furnishings and equipment.

The $30,000 was shifted from unspent Phase I funds KIAA had slated for neighborhood transportation needs.

Scott is lobbying the other eight neighborhoods near the Walker to also redirect NRP funds to the library. She said though her efforts might take up to 18 months, she hopes the neighborhood contributions will total $250,000.