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Re: Minneapolis Park System

Postby EOst » August 20th, 2014, 4:32 pm

http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2014 ... winter.php
"We've walked the middle ground in the past," [Anita Tabb, parks commissioner] continues. "We've wanted it still to be this idyllic hideaway, yet we don't want what might come with that and I don't think we can have it both ways. We either need to close it or open it up and take out all the underbrush, [which] might mean taking out trees, putting in parking, adding amenities that would draw people who have eyes on the park."
ugh.

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Re: Minneapolis Park System

Postby grant1simons2 » August 20th, 2014, 4:38 pm

I think it might be Anita's time to go... I personally feel like our parks system could be doing so much better, even with the limited budget. There are a lot of parks in the area that have had overflowing trash bins, broken fences, faded out signs, no signs, and an overall sense of being forgotten.

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Re: Minneapolis Park System

Postby MNdible » August 20th, 2014, 8:33 pm

If I were to make a list of Park Board members who've overstayed their welcome, Anita Tabb might be on the list, but she certainly wouldn't be at the top of it.

Also, I'd agree that the situation at Hidden Beach has become not good over the last couple of years.

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Re: Minneapolis Park System

Postby grant1simons2 » August 20th, 2014, 9:00 pm

Shut er down boys. I, on the teenage side of the argument, hate this beach. It's gross and well. Not hidden

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Re: Minneapolis Park System

Postby NickP » August 21st, 2014, 8:48 am

What's new that is happening at the beach that hasn't been happening there for years? Legit question as I do not know.

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Re: Minneapolis Park System

Postby EOst » August 21st, 2014, 8:53 am

NickP wrote:What's new that is happening at the beach that hasn't been happening there for years? Legit question as I do not know.
"People are smoking drugs and alcohol!" "Someone punched a cop!" Mostly it's hearsay.

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Re: Minneapolis Park System

Postby NickP » August 21st, 2014, 8:59 am

Except for the cop, I think people have been doing the other things for a while now lol

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Re: Minneapolis Park System

Postby MNdible » August 21st, 2014, 9:15 am

I don't know, maybe I'm just getting older, but the last few times I've been there, you feel like the vibe of the place is off. There are people that seem like they're just looking to start something. You're sitting there trying to relax at the beach, but in the back of your mind, you know that at any moment there's going to be a pushing/shouting match, and you're hoping it doesn't escalate beyond that.

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Re: Minneapolis Park System

Postby min-chi-cbus » August 21st, 2014, 10:54 am

Is it ever very busy? I mean what makes it so different from Thomas Beach (another beach where public drinking and intoxication is, uh....semi legal)?

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Re: Minneapolis Park System

Postby grant1simons2 » August 21st, 2014, 11:03 am

It's packed.

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Re: Minneapolis Park System

Postby aeisenberg » August 21st, 2014, 11:39 am

MNdible wrote:I don't know, maybe I'm just getting older, but the last few times I've been there, you feel like the vibe of the place is off. There are people that seem like they're just looking to start something. You're sitting there trying to relax at the beach, but in the back of your mind, you know that at any moment there's going to be a pushing/shouting match, and you're hoping it doesn't escalate beyond that.
I go there all the time and I have no idea what you're talking about.
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Re: Minneapolis Park System

Postby aeisenberg » August 21st, 2014, 12:02 pm

min-chi-cbus wrote:Is it ever very busy? I mean what makes it so different from Thomas Beach (another beach where public drinking and intoxication is, uh....semi legal)?
It's different because it's hidden (about 100 yards down a path through the woods) on an out-of-the-way dead end street. You don't find hidden beach by accident.

It draws its own crowd, and that's what makes it so great. Hammocks, drum circles, boomboxes, slack lines, guitars, saxophones, hula hoops, hippies, weirdos, families (YES, families), young, old. Its adorable. It's one of the few places in the city where strangers mingle. It's got some of the best people watching anywhere. It's a jewel.

The problem is that there is no parking. And a lot of (harmless but) illegal activity. I think providing parking and sight lines from the street to the beach would solve a lot of the neighborhood frustration. As it is now, the constant police patrol is absolutely ruining the laid back, free-to-do-as-you-please culture of the beach, which is a shame. The optimist in me says that if they provide parking solutions, the neighborhood will ease up. It may not be what it was, but I agree that right now, this beach is a big pain in the ass for neighbors. I hope they find a permanent solution that doesn't ruin the culture of the beach and placates the neighborhood.
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Re: Minneapolis Park System

Postby MNdible » August 21st, 2014, 12:38 pm

spdcheetah wrote:I go there all the time and I have no idea what you're talking about...
spdcheetah wrote:It draws its own crowd, and that's what makes it so great. Hammocks, drum circles, boomboxes, slack lines, guitars, saxophones, hula hoops, hippies, weirdos, families (YES, families), young, old. Its adorable. It's one of the few places in the city where strangers mingle. It's got some of the best people watching anywhere. It's a jewel.
What you describe is the Hidden Beach as I remember it -- I used to love going there -- and what it still is on its best days. But lately, it's just felt somehow meaner. It only takes a few bad actors to screw something up.

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Re: Minneapolis Park System

Postby grant1simons2 » August 21st, 2014, 12:40 pm

It's not like that anymore. Trust me. It's where people at my school get drugs

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Re: Minneapolis Park System

Postby mattaudio » August 21st, 2014, 12:44 pm

Why is it a problem that there's a beach without parking? Especially with a LRT stop opening up a block away in a few years?

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Re: Minneapolis Park System

Postby TommyT » August 21st, 2014, 12:44 pm

mattaudio wrote:Why is it a problem that there's a beach without parking? Especially with a LRT stop opening up a block away in a few years?
5 years.

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Re: Minneapolis Park System

Postby grant1simons2 » August 21st, 2014, 12:46 pm

4 years

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Re: Minneapolis Park System

Postby Silophant » August 21st, 2014, 12:49 pm

6 years.

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Re: Minneapolis Park System

Postby Anondson » August 21st, 2014, 12:49 pm

And a bus line extended to the LRT?

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Re: Minneapolis Park System

Postby RailBaronYarr » August 21st, 2014, 2:35 pm

32nd St Beach on Calhoun has no parking. It has a little playground and is fairly full (though few people in the water, IMO). Why would Hidden Beach need dedicated parking - as noted earlier, LRT + bus line, plus proximate bike trails.


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