Greening & Cleaning

Arbor Day: May 3, 2014

The 14th Annual Arbor Day planting is Saturday May 3rd at 9:00am on the Greenway!

Volunteers will celebrate by planting trees and shrubs just west of the Sabo Bridge between Cedar Avenue and Hiawatha Avenue.

Please sign up here to volunteer. Snacks, cofee, water and shovels will be provided. Don't forget your gloves!

Click here to read the event flyer, with additional information.

 

OUR VISION

We envision a clean, green, urban pathway that is safe and inviting for everyone.   To realize our vision, we organize several greening and cleaning initiatives.

  • We participate in annual Arbor Day tree plantings, which so far have resulted in more than 3,000 trees and shrubs being planted in the Greenway. 
  • Our volunteers sweep the trail for glass almost every day, and also pick up bottles and other trash.
  • We support and encourage the many public gardens along the Greenway, such as Vera's Garden and the Soo Line Gardens.
  • Our Adopt-A-Greenway program features local businesses and organizations that "adopt" a section of the corridor and conduct clean-ups.
  • Our GreenSpace committee meets regularly to install and maintain gardens and native flowers in the Greenway.

We also work regularly with the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority, who owns the corridor and regularly dispatches clean-up and greening crews.

GreenSpace Committee

Develops and implements a plan for maintaining, enhancing, and increasing green spaces and gardens in the Midtown Greenway.

Our Greenspace Committee meets regularly to discuss greening goals, plan events, and ensure the sustainable maintenance of gardens and plantings along the Greenway. We meet in the MGC office (2834 10th Avenue S, Greenway Level, Suite 2), and all are welcome!   Call 612-879-0103 for the date of the next meeting.

More on our Greening Vision...

The Midtown Greenway encompasses a wide variety of environments along its 5.5 miles. The landscape currently varies from wide-open spaces to bounded steep slopes, from sunny to shady stretches, and from sections that abut buildings on the trail level to areas that are enclosed in a trench and green spaces.

Over the years, thousands have participated in beautification projects in the Greenway, either by planting trees for the annual Arbor Day event each spring, to creating and maintaining beautiful, vibrant gardens, to advocating for additional green spaces along the path.

In recent years, the Midtown Greenway Coalition developed a position on using Ecological Design Principles for all plantings along the corridor.

We advocate that plantings:

  • Are dynamic and sustainable. Native plants are well adapted to our climate and should require relatively low maintenance once established.
  • Conserves or restores native plants of the region – protecting the biological heritage of our state.
  • Protects or improves water, soil, air, biodiversity quality – providing food and shelter for wildlife, especially birds and butterflies
  • Connects with other green spaces - providing a regional connection for wildlife.

To view the Coalition's Greening resolutions, click here.

We are excited to highlight the various garden and greening projects along the Greenway that are continuously transforming the corridor. The list to the left gives brief descriptions of each project and the partners involved. Over time we hope to increase the information and photos shared for each of these sites.  Please help us keep this section updated with current photos and new information.  It will be exciting to document not only how these projects change throughout the year's but also throughout the seasons.

We'd also like to take this opportunity to give a big THANK YOU to all the community partners involved in these projects. Their commitment to making the corridor beautiful for us all is appreciated by so many.

 
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