The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board unanimously approved a stop sign on East Calhoun Boulevard to improve pedestrian access to the new Lake Calhoun tot lot between West 33rd and West 34th streets
Several dozen East Calhoun residents attended the March 19 meeting, many wearing stop-sign red, to make the appeal. The Board fast-tracked the decision.
"I’m thrilled," said Tracy Nordstrom, an East Calhoun resident. "It really speaks to community involvement. We have almost 700 signatures collected in January. It wasn’t just moms pushing strollers."
The neighborhood dedicated the tot lot in 2001. The East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO) had earmarked money in its Neighborhood Revitalization Program to make the crossing safer. Residents said motorists don’t slow for pedestrians, making the crossing dangerous.
The Park Board last year rejected a neighborhood request to add pedestrian-activated flashing lights, uncertain whether it would improve safety or create a false sense of security.
ECCO members circulated the stop sign petition with the backing of the CARAG neighborhood to the east.