FREE Passes to North Commons Water Park for Folwell Residents

The wading pool at Folwell Park has been closed this summer, and won’t be reopening before fall. In effort to provide an opportunity to cool off in this late summer heat, our Park Commissioner Kale Severson secured UNLIMITED FREE WATER PARK PASSES to North Commons for Folwell Residents.

Currently the Passes are available at the Folwell Park Building’s front desk.
Park passes have also been distributed to the Neighborhood Connectors so while they are out, they can be handing the passes out to those who are interested.
Passes will also be handed out at any block party the FNA is hosting.

Currently those parties are Friday Aug. 10 at Fremont Clinic from 6-9pm and Saturday Aug. 18 at Fremont Market from 1-4pm.

These passes are for ANY resident, youth or young at heart. They are a one use pass, so residents will have to go back to park building and get another one when you want to go again.

North Commons Water Park is open through Labor Day Weekend and is located at 1801 James Ave N.

Are there any residents who would like to be a distribution center to make these as available as possible for folks? Please contact Dani at danielle@folwell.org.

One distribution center will be at the Story Garden. The Story Garden is located at 35th and Humboldt Ave N. Simply knock on the door of the gray house next to the garden for passes.

We fully understand that this is not a complete solution to the problem of the wading pool and it doesn’t fix it, but we want to thank Kale for making this happen and those who have been helping look for solutions to cool kids off in the heat.

It is our goal to make sure this information is circulated around the neighborhood and passes are readily available. If you have other ideas, please let us know!


Folwell Resource Fair and Ice Cream Social

The Annual Folwell Resource Fair and Ice Cream Social is coming to Folwell Park! Walk, bike, drive, bus, or just stop by and join the rest of the neighborhood Thursday June 21 from 5:30-8pm. Here is what you can look forward to this year at the Resource Fair/Ice Cream Social:

  • More than 40 vendors/resources
  • Free Ice Cream
  • Video Game Truck
  • Street fair games and activities
  • Face Painting
  • Hundreds of community members having fun
  • Music and dancing (if you feel so inclined)

Resource tables will be open starting at 5:30pm. The FNA made an intentional effort to bring in a wide variety of businesses, non profits, organizations, and local vendors to highlight the thriving work happening here on the Northside. This is an opportunity for residents to connect with people and information that could enhance and support their lives.  It is also a great way to support the local business we love and build a thriving community. Not every business,school or resource was able to join us this year. However, we will continue to work on building this event to include more in the years to come. If you have a business or organization that would like to table, please reach out to Dani at danielle@folwell.org.

The FNA has had the distinct pleasure of working with the Folwell Park staff in making this event happen. Thank you to all the volunteers who have made sure that this beloved event for our neighborhood is still happening.

Mark your calendar and come join the fun! See you Thursday June 21!


Introducing Neighborhood Night

IMG_8779The Folwell Neighborhood Association has been working towards creating open dialog, providing opportunities for connection and involvement, and building community power. We have taken a step forward in this process by launching Neighborhood Night. Through the end of the year, the FNA will be hosting dinner, large group discussions and committee meetings once a month at Folwell Park. The goal is to create easy on ramps for involvement in the work of the neighborhood. We understand that there are challenges with this program idea, but we are confident that through working together, we can find a way to build systems that support the work that needs to get done.

The first Neighborhood Night will be Monday June 18, starting with dinner at 5:30pm. Program starts at 6pm, with the evening closing at 8:30pm. A set schedule for the remainder of the year will be determined at the first gathering. If you would like to help volunteer, or have questions, please contact Dani at danielle@folwell.org.

Please see a sample schedule below.

Neighborhood Night Sample Agenda – June 18, 2018
5:30pm    Dinner

6:00pm    Community Time

  • Introductions
  • Agreements
  • Discussion around format for Neighborhood Night
    • Large Post it’s for input around the room
    • List Positives
    • Find Hurdles
    • Address questions and concerns from survey and audience
    • Create sample schedule
    • Finalize dates/times

6:45pm    Committee Agendas presented

7:00pm    Break out into small groups

  • If committees aren’t presented, but residents are interested in the work, collect names and info
  • If residents are available and don’t want to join a committee, they can continue casual conversation if they would like to stay
  • Committees present will break out into small groups and discuss their agenda items.

8:00pm    Regroup and Recap/Next steps

8:20pm     Evaluation

8:30pm    Close and head home

** This is a sample schedule for a pilot program. The FNA board, staff and community will continue to work towards the healthiest version of engagement. This will be accomplished through open dialog, evaluation, diverse communication, board meetings, committees, and board meetings. Thank you for being apart of this work.