June Storm Updates

Several residents were without power after a severe storm on Sunday, June 11 and Xcel Energy worked to restore power.  A few trees were uprooted causing damage to homes.

downed-tree
(Photo: @mattpassolt via Twitter)

As of Monday afternoon, all traffic signals are operational and there was one branch in the road at 36th and Lee with wires in it.  Thanks to Xcel and Crystal public works crew who are out cleaning up (catch basins, parks, streets, etc), along with neighbors. 

Need to dispose of yard material from the storm? The Maple Grove Yardwaste Site is open seven days a week to accept leaves, branches and other tree debris. Get details here.

Adopt a Storm Drain

You can help prevent local flooding and protect our streams, ponds and lakes by cleaning up a storm drain near your home. West Metro Water Alliance & Hennepin County have a list of tips by “adopting” a storm drain.  Please help by cleaning a drain near you if you see it covered with debris. Thanks!

Storm drain cleaning
(Photo: Bee Rent via Light of Crystal Facebook page)

Golden Valley Lightning Fire

On Monday, June 12, a home to our south on Douglas Drive in Golden Valley was struck by lightning, causing a fire. All are safe, and it was gratifying to see so many reach out through NextDoor and Facebook to help the owners. One of the residents, Karla wrote on NextDoor, “Thank you all for your kindness and all the information! It was our house that was hit by that massive lightning strike. We are very grateful no one was hurt. Hug your loved ones and please check your fire detectors!”

Golden Valley Fire
(Photo: Chad Nelson, KARE11)

Crystal is full of compassionate neighbors who quickly jump into action to help each other in person and online. If you’re not on NextDoor.com, please sign up to connect in your neighborhood. Thank you for all you do to keep our city a great place to live! Together, we weather through any storm.

Keeping Crystal Beautiful, One Plant at a Time!

Spring is here, and it’s fun to see the foliage return with warm temps. Crystal Park and Rec hosted our annual Arbor Day Celebration on May 3, planting a tree at Yunkers Park. Several neighbors showed up to help clean the park, plant a new tree, enjoy hot dogs and take home a tree. Thanks to Crystal Fund for donating the trees, city staff, council and Park & Rec Commission members for helping!

Arbor Day  Arbor Day 2

Crystal’s Outreach Task Force held a Bee Friendly planting event on May 6. Hundreds of pollinator-friendly and drought-resistant plants were donated from Crystal Fund for Community Progress. You’ll find them in planters along Bass Lake Road, Broadway Ave, City Hall and Crystal Community Center. Thanks to volunteers, city staff and Council Member Elizabeth Dahl for organizing!

Bee Friendly planting 1  Bee Friendly Planting 2

Resident Bridget Gavin organized a Crystal Community Plant Swap on May 7 with many more participating this year. Neighbors brought plants to share and some to take home. Bridget is organizing another plant swap on September 24. This event is open to the public — so invite your friends and family to join in – the more participants, the better the plant exchange!

Plant Swap  Plant Swap 2

Finally, don’t miss Crystal Fund’s Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Dr. N. Proceeds from the sale go towards improving Crystal’s parks and open spaces. See presentations on pollinator-friendly gardens, proper pruning techniques, sustainable lawns and landscape design. Expert presenters also will be on hand to answer questions.

Plant Sale