Survey shows support for new Greenway

This week the City of Minneapolis released the complete results from a recent survey about a potential North Minneapolis Greenway along a north-south alignment.  Hundreds of people completed the survey, and the majority of respondents were supportive of a new Greenway in North Minneapolis.

 A key survey question focused on selecting a route, and three options were presented.  The survey results show a preference for ‘Option A,’ a Greenway alignment along Humboldt Avenue N. (north of Folwell Park) and Irving Avenue N. (south of Folwell Park).  A map of all three alignments is available from the project website.

The survey also indicated strongest support for a Street-to-Park Conversion Greenway design, which would create the most park-like amenity for North Minneapolis residents.  The City’s project site includes diagrams of the design options, and the website for Twin Cities Greenways has more information about the Street-to-Park conversion concept.

Detailed results of the survey are posted online, and include every response to the open-ended questions on the survey.  To access the survey results, scroll down to the Accomplishments and Results section of the City’s project page.

The responses include concerns and opposition to the concept, but the majority of the comments were enthusiastically supportive.  

Here’s a small sample of the responses to a question about the Street-to-Park Conversion concept:

  • I love it. North Minneapolis needs additional green space.

  • Enhances peace and quiet for those that own houses on the street.

  • Lots of green space, would look gorgeous.

  • I don’t like anything about it.

  • Lots of room for extras like playgrounds, benches and even veggie gardens.

  • Quieter & safer front yards for residents

  • I’m a runner and would use this often.

  • Opportunities for better health are critical for these neighborhoods.

  • Bring the community together with an open, safe place

  • I think about my experience on the Victory Memorial paths, and it is really nice that there would be a significant amount of green space.

  • This is the dumbest idea anyone has come up with yet.

  • I would prefer to see most of the project completed in this format.

  • The best choice for the future of Minneapolis.

  • More people-friendly, helps build community.

  • Open public spaces encourage community building and promote safer neighborhoods.

  • Like having a park in your front yard.

  • A benefit to the adjacent homes as well as the surrounding community.

  • A step in the right direction for our North Minneapolis neighborhoods.

  • A huge quality of life improvement for the area.

  • It would feel safer to go for a walk along this route.

  • It’s actually a park.

  • Great, put one on my block.

  •  This is the best option. I would gladly give up parking in front of my house so that I could have a full linear park design in my front yard. This is the dream! The option to have your front yard facing a park trail is almost nonexistent in the City of Minneapolis. I think that it is time this is a part of the mix.

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