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CRNRP May/June Newsletter

Spring has finally arrived on the West Bank! Our parks are filling up and the neighborhood will soon be abuzz with activity. Follow the links in this newsletter edition to connect with events and news in our community!

Would you like to engage with our neighborhood leaders on issues pertinent to our community? See the events list to participate in upcoming events and meetings!


Upcoming Events and Meetings:

5/17 11am 1st Precinct Open House
5/17 6pm Neighborhood Equity and Issues Forum
5/18 6pm Speed Business Coaching Night from ADC
5/24 11am Cedar Riverside Youth Workers Collaborative @ Brian Coyle Center
5/26 6pm CRNRP Fundraising Committee
6/2 9:30 Nonprofit Networking from WBBA
6/6 6pm CRNRP Board of Directors Meeting
6/28 11am Cedar Riverside Youth Workers Collaborative @ Brian Coyle Center

**In observance of Ramadan, there will be no CRNRP meetings from June 7th - July 5th
Do you have an event, meeting, or information you want to share with the community? 

Please send the appropriate information to Ryan Justak ( or call 612.876.9311.
Cedar Riverside NRP
Organizational Updates
Thanks to the University of Minnesota Good Neighbor Fund, April also brought additional support to neighborhood safety with a grant to fund a revamped safety walks program with broad community collaboration! 

April brought the new committee structure to the public at CRNRP and we are looking for West Bank community members who have interests, knowledge, and feedback in the areas of neighborhood safety, developing entrepreneurial skills, and early childhood education.

Safety Committee: 1st Tuesday each month @ 7pm in the Safety Center
Women's Wealth Building Advisory Group: 1st Friday of every month @ 6pm in Brian Coyle Center
Early Childhood Education Advisory Group: 2nd Thursday each month @6pm in Brian Coyle Center
Neighborhood Equity and Issues Forum: 3rd Tuesday each month @ 6pm in Brian Coyle Center
Fundraising Committee: 4th Thursday each month @ 6pm in Brian Coyle Center

ECE Task Force Recruitment
In addition to participants of the Early Childhood Group, we are looking for individuals to participate on our Early Childhood Education Task Force. This will be a limited group of people dedicated to making strategic decisions key to the 18 month project.

If you or someone you know is interested in more details, contact program development officer Dave Alderson at (612) 876-9357 or

Community Proposals for NRP Funds
CRNRP has a significant allocation of NRP funds to be proposed by the community to address Phase II priorities. Phase II priorities include: Youth and elder's services and programs, green space/community space/environmental improvements, building social and civic connections through arts and culture, supporting a vibrant business community, ensuring safe, decent, and affordable housing, and leadership development,

Through the Neighborhood Issues and Equity Forum, NRP proposals will be reviewed to ensure a successful proposal will be sent to the City. We are recruiting volunteers to participate in our equity forum and searching for community proposals.
If you are interested in participating in any of our committees and programs please contact Ryan Justak at or call 612.876.9311.
CRNRP has begun a partnership with Think Small, local leaders in providing early child care services. Think Small provides free training as well as other opportunities for new immigrants looking to develop the skills to start a home-based child care service.   
Samatar Crossing Update
At the West Bank Vision discussion with council members Warsame, Gordon, and Frey, Abdi Warsame mentioned Samatar Crossing updates in progress with proposals that do not include a roadway connecting 5th street to the West Bank. Updated plans for the pedestrian link have yet to be presented from the City of Minneapolis.
West Bank Youth
Cedar Riverside's Samira Barquatimir was one of 180 students chosen from 34 of the most active schools in Minnesota for "Fuel Up to Play 60." Listen to her story from KMSP Fox 9.
A message from the West Bank Community Coalition board of directors and staff to the Star Tribune: Stop stigmatizing these marginalized residents as terrorists. 
Businesses and Organizations
The West Bank Business Association is now taking applications for 2016 Facade improvement grants! More information can be found here.
Opitz Outlet is opening a second annex on the West Bank! The new location is at 1919 Riverside Avenue. 
Parks and Environment
The City of Minneapolis passed a historic $800 million funding bill to fund our city's parks and streets for the next 20 years! Here is a feature from Kare 11.
It's not too late to sign up for your organics recycling cart from the city of Minneapolis! Residents who sign up won't receive their cart until July at the earliest.  
Currie Park Update
Proposed new plans for Currie Park have been presented by the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board. Projected time for approval is Summer 2016. Follow the link for more details on the proposed plans.
Looking for Housing?
If you or someone you know is looking for housing or thinking about purchasing or remodeling a house on the West Bank, check out our Housing Resources and Home Loan Program.
Help drive our new priorities!
We need your help and participation in leading to successful outcomes in neighborhood safety, women's wealth building, and early childhood education. 

Help us make the West Bank the best neighborhood it can be! Take a look at our committee schedule and see what matches your interests. We would love to help put your skills and experience to use benefiting our community. 

Contact Ryan Justak ( for more details.
Job Searching?
Check out CRNRP's Employment and Training Opportunities page to find local job postings and opportunities to develop skills!
Did we miss anything?
Contact Ryan Justak ( with any comments or questions. 
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