2017 Neighborhood Survey Results

In April-May 2017, the Morningside Neighborhood Association surveyed community members on their concerns and priorities for the neighborhood.

First, thanks for taking part. We received responses…some of them very passionate…from 239 of you. This is an impressive level of participation and clearly shows how much we all care about this neighborhood.  

Second, the results and your comments are now available. They can be found in the "Publications" page of this web site or by clicking here.  Quick summary: the main concerns were walkability, 44th and France development, traffic (volume and speed) and new businesses (restaurants, services, etc.). 

The Steering Committee will communicate these results to the City and use them to plan programs, speakers and events.

If you have any additional questions about the survey please don’t hesitate to contact us at: edina.morningside@gmail.com



2017 Earth Day Festivities

Morningside's Earth Day celebration will cover two days this year. On Saturday, April 22, Edina Morningside Community Church will host an EarthWorks Breakfast from 8:30-11:00 A.M., with honey-tasting, crafts for kids, and videos, maps and bicycling tips. (RSVP for the breakfast at emcucc@emcucc.org.) Don't miss Robert Schumacher's 9 A.M. presentation on bee-farming. 

On Sunday, April 23, celebrate Earth Day with your family and neighbors at the second annual Morningside Eco-Fair at the Weber Park Shelter. The fun begins at 1:45 P.M. with a family bike ride from Edina Morningside Community Church to Weber Park.  Activities at the park--including an electric car showroom and exhibits on renewable energy option, zero-waste composting and more--will run from 2-5 P.M. 


The Morningside Neighborhood Association will host the 14th annual Morningside Winter Party at Weber Park Warming House and rink on Sunday, January 29, from 2-5 p.m. Refreshments, socializing and fun with your neighbors. Bring your skates or just come to visit – whatever the weather. Some skates available to borrow.



MNA to sponsor Eco-Fair April 24

Celebrate Earth Day with your family and neighbors at the first Morningside Eco-Fair, from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, at the Weber Park Shelter. Exhibits will cover the "hows and whys" of healthy lawns, electric vehicles, home energy savings, backyard bees and chickens and much more. 

Representatives of Edina's soon-to-be-built community solar garden will be on hand to answer questions. And Edina Parks and Recreation staff will be on hand to solicit your input on the location and re-design of the Weber Park playground (construction is currently scheduled to begin late this summer). 

Update on the water main cleanup and relining project

In July, a contractor hired by the City of Edina flushed the water main system serving homes on Crocker, Lynn, and Oakdale Avenues as well as Morningside Road. The City had notified residents in advance that water would be discolored for a few days following this flushing, but discoloration persisted longer than expected due to the condition of the existing iron pipes and Minneapolis' water treatment protocol. 

Residents expressed a number of concerns to City staff, council members and MNA Steering Committee Members and on NextDoor.com. Concerns included:

  • Water main pipe breaks that resulted in longer than expected interruption of water service

  • Stained laundry

  • Staining or other damage to home appliances and bathroom/kitchen fixtures

  • Rust stains along street gutters and at the ends of driveways

  • Drinking water safety

Following an assessment and additional research, City staff recommended that a liner be inserted into the water main pipes serving areas affected by this project. On September 10, residents received a letter with an update and an invitation to attend a neighborhood meeting on September 23. At that meeting, residents asked about the technology being used for this project and expressed concerns about drinking water safety once the liners have been installed.

Morningside residents asked the City to test water quality prior to and following the completion of the relining project. They also requested and received information from City Staff about the material composition of the pipe liners, which is available here. An article describing the technology can be found here

Please send an email message to us at edina.morningside@gmail.com and cc the City Council at Mail@EdinaMN.gov if you have concerns that we have not listed above or additional questions.  We will post additional information to this web site as it becomes available.

What to do--if anything--about coyotes

Concerned about coyotes wandering through our parks (and possibly your backyard)? Hear Edina Animal Control Officer Tim Hunter’s presentation at the Weber Park warming house, August 11, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. Tim will discuss wildlife management techniques as they relate specifically to coyotes, including the arguments against killing or relocating coyotes. He’ll leave plenty of time for questions, so you can also ask about controlling raccoons and the current plague of rabbits. (Thanks to Pamela Balabuszko-Reay for getting the ball rolling on this.)

Weber Woods update

Weber Woods is a step closer to preservation. The Minneapolis City Council’s Ways and Means Committee has accepted purchase offers for the land from Edina and St. Louis Park. Edina’s purchase agreement stipulates that the City will only use the land for park purposes (e.g., open space, outdoor recreation, a dog park), storm water management facilities and public utilities. St. Louis Park’s purchase agreement allows them to develop a portion of their part of the site for residential uses. (Because their offer included the possibility of development, SLP paid a higher rate.) If the Minneapolis City Council approves the purchase agreement at their July 29 meeting, Edina City Manager Scott Neal will advance the agreement to the Edina City Council for review and approval at the August 18 meeting. After that, Edina has no immediate plans for the site. Ideally, residents will have an opportunity to weigh in on any proposals—so stay tuned. 

Update on aviation noise

There’s more airport noise in Morningside’s future: the Metropolitan Airports Commission has released its latest 20-year development plan, which details a projected increase in annual flights from 412,000 to 511,000. (The StarTribune article can be found here.) With this growth, the 60 dB “DNL” airport noise contours (used to determine who is eligible for noise-mitigation funds) extend over Lake Harriet almost to France Avenue. (For an explanation of how the DNL contour is calculated, and why it underestimates the real-life impact of jets roaring overhead, visit the MSP Fair Skies web site. MSP Fair Skies describes the DNL formula as “a logarithmic average of an average of a series of adjusted projections.”) Overall, the area defined by the contours is almost 60 percent larger by 2035.