Lake Harriet Band Shell receives prestigious architectural award
The Lake Harriet Band Shell is the recipient of the prestigious 2011 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Minnesota 25-Year Award.
Established by AIA Minnesota in 1981, the 25-Year Award recognizes exemplary architectural projects that have stood the test of time.
Other than the paint color, the band shell remains largely unchanged from its opening in 1986. In a press release, AIA Minnesota describes the band shell as an “icon” and “one of the most recognizable buildings in Minneapolis.”
In the release, jurors on AIA Minnesota’s 25-Year Award committee said “The Lake Harriet Band Shell has a positive impact on its surrounding community and is beloved by the city.”
They continued: “The design was well planned, taking the context of the site in mind and set the tone for other band shells to follow… It provides an opportunity for the community to come together, celebrating festivals and events in a beautiful setting.”
Bike lanes being installed along 1st, Blaisdell avenues
The city is currently installing on-street bike lanes and shared line markings along long stretches of 1st and Blaisdell avenues.
On 1st Avenue, bike lanes will be striped from 40th Street to 15th Street, while lanes on Blaisdell Avenue will extend from 40th Street to Franklin Avenue.
Work should be done by early July. No road closures are planned, but there will be temporary lane closures.
LRT, not freight, wanted for Kenilworth
The Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association (BMNA) Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution stating “strong” opposition to maintaining freight rail in the Kenilworth Corridor, the proposed route of a future light rail transit line.
Freight rail currently runs through the corridor, as do the Kenilworth and Cedar Lake bike and pedestrian trails. But plans call for the freight trains to be rerouted to the west to make way for the future Southwest Transitway light rail line connecting Eden Prairie to Minneapolis.
The resolution stated BMNA was against any proposal “potentially displacing the bike and pedestrian trail” to make room for freight service to continue alongside a future LRT line. BMNA also affirmed its opposition to realignment of the proposed LRT route.
The BMNA resolution came in response to a campaign supported by some St. Louis Park residents to keep freight rail in the Kenilworth Corridor, instead of rerouting the trains through their city.
Tour de Compost: A Progressive Party
There will be a walking tour of East Calhoun households on June 28 to give people a chance to learn tips and tricks for recycling and composting. The event starts at 7 p.m. If you’re interested in attending, RSVP to [email protected] For more information, go to eastcalhoun.org and click on Waste Watchers.
Free energy workshop
There will be a free education workshop for East Calhoun residents to learn simple techniques for reducing energy use and saving money in the home. The meeting will be June 28, 6:30 p.m., at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S.
ECCO board meeting
The July East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO) board meeting originally scheduled for July 7 has been rescheduled for July 14.
Triangle Park meeting
There will be a meeting to give residents a chance to provide feedback on Triangle Park renovation and design ideas June 28, 6:30–8 p.m., at Kenwood Rec Center, 2101 W. Franklin Ave.
Sunset Boulevard meeting
There will be a chance to see design concepts for the reconstruction of Sunset Boulevard June 29, 6–8 p.m., at Jones-Harrison Residence, 3700 Cedar Lake Ave.