Extensive outreach in 2014 was conducted. The outreach reached 2,040 people compared to 371 who responded to a 2013 survey. The City, working with the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability and a community-based steering committee, asked members of the community to propose their own ideas for conducting outreach. Youth organizations, faith-based organizations and community-based organizations responded and received funding to carry out their ideas. All outreach partners collected feedback by asking residents to complete a survey. Techniques included:
- A group of young basketball players organized a three-on-three basketball tournament to get community members together and talk to them.
- Students at Henry and North high schools and Hmong International Academy reached out to their peers and families.
- Neighborhood organization representatives and resident volunteers knocked on doors along the proposed route.
- The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition solicited surveys at the North Minneapolis Greenway Experience Open Streets.
- Groups held more than 27 meetings and events.
The City and its partners will continue to explore greenway options and conduct outreach in 2015 for a deeper understanding of what residents on the route would want to see. Efforts will include:
- More outreach to target the opinions of underrepresented groups including African-American residents and Latino residents.
- Exploring connections at the southern end of the route.
- Exploring the possibility of a short-term greenway pilot on some of the blocks of the proposed route to demonstrate how a greenway would affect traffic, parking and the ways people use the space.
- Smaller neighborhood-based meetings.
For more information about the greenway project, including a full report of the survey results, visit www.minneapolismn.gov/health/living/northminneapolisgreenway.