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Public input sought on Hiawatha Avenue landscape improvements

Noting that the landscaping has deteriorated along the stretch of Hiawatha Avenue between 32nd and 46th streets, Hennepin County has hired a consultant to come up with a new plan for trees and plants in the area.

Trees are in poor condition along the light rail corridor and don't provide good canopy cover, officials say.

The county will hold two open houses in early December to get public comments on the concepts. The meetings are:

  • Dec. 4, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Corcoran Park Recreation Center, 3334 20th Ave. S., Minneapolis.
  • Dec. 9, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hiawatha School Park Recreation Center, 4305 East 42nd St., Minneapolis.

LHB, the consultant, will test the soil, identify preferred tree species and other vegetation and develop a planting scheme for the area.

The county is working with Minnesota Department of Transportation, City of Minneapolis, the Park Board and Mississippi Watershed Management Organization on the landscape improvements.

Officials hope that funding will come through so that the improvements can begin next spring or summer.

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