Thank you to everyone who attended the two Open Houses for the Hiawatha Avenue Landscape Restoration project. The display boards from the meeting can be found on the project webpage. If you have any questions or comments on the project or the materials, please send an e-mail.
Below are a list of “frequently asked questions” from the Open Houses.
Q: What are the project boundaries?
The project includes Hiawatha Ave from 32nd Street to 46th Street and includes the median, the boulevards on the east and west side of Hiawatha, and the area between the sidewalk/trail and the LRT fence. The project does not include the berm/area west of the LRT line.
Q: What is the timing of the project?
The project needs to secure funding and be approved by the Hennepin County Board. Pending funding and approvals, planting could begin in spring. The project is being designed as a “restoration” so that plantings can be phased in over several years as the existing trees deteriorate.
Q: How will the project be maintained?
We are still developing a maintenance plan for the corridor. Trees are maintained by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board through their Forestry department. Grass mowing is currently done by the Minnesota Department of Transportation. An arrangement with volunteers, community, or other groups may be an option if shrubs or plants are installed.
Q: Will the project include native plantings?
The project is proposed to include a mix of native, cultivars of natives, and non-native plantings that can withstand a harsh urban environment. In all selections we carefully consider the plants as part of an urban ecosystem and seek those with habitat value while avoiding those with invasive tendencies.
Q: What types of plantings are being considered?
We are looking at plantings that (1) can tolerate the harsh conditions of the corridor, (2) fit the scale and aesthetics of the area, and (3) require minimal maintenance. A wide variety of plantings fit these criteria and fit within Mn/DOT and Park board guidelines. A guide to these plantings will be posted soon.