About Us

Windom Park Citizens in Action (WPCiA) is the city-designated community engagement and Neighborhood Revitalization Program organization for this geographic area of Minneapolis. We welcome all participants at our meetings – renters, homeowners, businesses, places of worship, and other nonprofits and community organizations. Neighborhood members age 18 and over are eligible to vote at our community meetings.

All WPCiA meetings* are open to the public. Meetings, unless otherwise noted, are held at the Windom Park Recreation Center, 2251 Hayes St. NE, Minneapolis (north end of Pillsbury School). This is an accessible location; please call WPCiA to request other accommodations. Free child care is provided by park staff during the neighborhood general meetings, which are held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Board meetings are also open to all and are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Free parking is available in the adjacent lot or on nearby streets. The meeting site is near bus lines along Johnson Street NE and Lowry Avenue NE.

We are now seeking volunteers interesting in championing strategies in our Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) Action Plan. Join us at a neighborhood meeting to find out how you can get involved and help improve our community.

Meeting dates are subject to change for such reasons as inclement weather, holidays, etc. Please check with WPCiA to confirm, or subscribe to our email list for the latest updates by sending an email to info@windompark.org with “subscribe” in the subject line.

*Please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WPCiA meetings are being held virtually via Zoom. You can access these meetings by computer, tablet, cell phone or landline. To ensure you receive access information, sign up for our email list by sending an email to us with “subscribe” in the subject line.

More About Our Neighborhood Revitalization Program

WPCiA was allocated just over $2.8 million from the city of Minneapolis for this internationally acclaimed participatory democracy program known as the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP). Over the past several years, Windom Park residents and businesses have worked together with other collaborative partners on our Neighborhood Action Plans.

These plans outline how residents and businesses assessed neighborhood needs and how the NRP funds should be allocated. Projects ranged from home fix-up funds, business facade grants, commercial loans, homebuyer incentives, Central Avenue enhancements, park improvements, school technology projects, environmental initiatives, crime and safety projects, tree plantings, neighborhood gateways, communication, and community outreach.

We are now in the implementation segment of our Phase II plan, in which WPCiA’s allocation has been set at just over $561,000. Seventy percent of this allocation must by law be spent on housing-related activities. However, actions by the City Council are impacting this funding, and our allocation has been reduced.

If you are interested in helping us implement our NRP Action Plans, please contact the WPCiA office at info@windompark.org . We are currently seeking “Champions” to help implement Action Plan strategies, including those on transportation, housing, safety and parks.

The NRP Web site, www.nrp.org, also has additional information on this program and its history.

Our Mission

WPCiA is a neighborhood-based nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with tax-exempt status. It is the city-designated citizen participation organization for this geographic area of Minneapolis, as well as the NRP (Neighborhood Revitalization Program) contracting organization for the Windom Park neighborhood.

Bylaws & Grievance Policy

Click here to access WPCiA’s current bylaws.

Click here to view WPCiA’s current grievance policy for members

Board Members, 2021-2022

Officers:

Robert Lodge – President – Contact

Tara Schmoll – Vice President

Joe Dufficy – Treasurer

Andy Emerson – Secretary

Directors:

Garrett Bembenek

Tim Brackett

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**We are seeking Board members, please contact us if you are interested in joining the Board of Directors.

MISSION

WPCIA is a neighborhood-based nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with tax-exempt status. It is the city-designated citizen participation organization for this geographic area of Minneapolis, as well as the NRP (Neighborhood Revitalization Program) contracting organization for the Windom Park Neighborhood.

UPCOMING EVENTS