Apologies for missing an April update, but I imagine you were also busy clearing snow all month! Crystal was treated (along with Hennepin County) to its first blizzard in 35 years. Crystal crews worked hard to clear snow, which took an extra day or two. To thank public works staff, city manager Anne Norris treated them to a hot lunch on April 23, and we were introduced to a new wheel loader that was immediately put to work plowing. One worker told us that a neighbor in the Winnetka Hills neighborhood ran out with hot sandwiches to workers when their plow got stuck during the storm. Thanks to everyone who helped their neighbors dig out!

public works lunch wheel loader

As summer arrives, the parks master plan is proceeding with a major project this year at Welcome Park. Welcome Ave. between 46th & 47th is closed to begin work on improvements and adding a lighted ball field. In 2019, Becker Park will close for the year to begin a storm water retention project and constructing new features. Becker Park’s open house on April 26 had a big turnout to see the proposed improvements and projects. Click here to see the plans, updates and list of neighborhood meetings with contact information. The Parks Master Plan continues development with community input.

Becker Park Becker phase 1

Road construction projects to be aware of:

  • Monday, May 7: Westbound Bass Lake Road reduced to one lane as the Bass Lake Road streetscape project begins. More info: www.crystalmn.gov/basslakestreetscape.php.
  • Tuesday, May 8: 51st Place between Douglas Dr. and W. Broadway Ave. closed in both directions for one day while wrap up work is completed for the Quiet Zone Project.
  • Monday, May 14: 36th Avenue will be closed in both directions just east of Winnetka Avenue. The road will be closed through Wednesday, May 16th. Please use 42nd Avenue or Medicine Lake Road as alternate routes.

Upcoming Events:

Jail and Bail fundraiser, Wed. May 16, 11:-00am – 1:00pm, at the Neighborhood Outreach Office, Crystal Shopping Center. Volunteer to be “arrested and bailed out” to help fund Crystal public safety projects. To participate, email Crime Prevention Board president Brooke Raeker. > Details

Crystal Fund Plant Sale, Sat. May 19, 9:00am-2:00pm at Crystal Community Center. Proceeds will fund Arbor Day trees, annuals for the Bee Friendly planting, and a zip line for Becker Park’s new destination playground. Find out more here.

Step To It

Step To It Challenge is underway in May! Crystal won last year and we want to again this year. It’s easy to participate: go to StepToIt.org and register (free), then enter your daily total steps. Naomi Davidson’s huge group, “The Dynamos” has neighbors walking all around Crystal, and I am hosting a morning walk every Saturday in May at Valley Place Park, rain or shine, 8-9 a.m. Hennepin County and Crystal Recreation provided me with goodies to give away, including a pair of Twins baseball tickets! Get details on my Facebook page.

Halfway Happy Hour with Light of Crystal at Milton’s – Tues. May 15, 5:00-7:00 pm. New to Crystal or want to hang with neighbors? LoC is an active and diverse group that promotes city pride and community building.  All are welcome – find out more about LoC here.

Memorial Day Ceremony, May 28, 10:00am – Chester Bird American Legion. The event features speakers and music, presented by the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Quad Communities who support military members and their families. > Details

For council meeting updates, visit my recap page — and City of Crystal’s website to view meetings and council packets.