Join Engage Winona, the city of Winona and Art of the Rural for the final engagement event for the East End/Side Neighborhood Project.

Neighborhood residents and anyone interested in the project can drop in anytime at the brand-new Sobieski Park Lodge between noon and 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 29. Hear the top projects and visions for the neighborhoods, get a free booklet featuring the project, contribute your ideas and sign up to help with projects you’re passionate about. There will be a short presentation and Q&A at 1 p.m.

Plus: Enjoy free food and refreshments, and play to win prizes at East Side Bingo, a hand-created local game featuring neighborhood places and icons.

Engage Winona has been working with residents across the East Side and East End of Winona since early 2019 to celebrate the neighborhood’s rich history and imagine its future. There have been more than 50 conversations — in parks, schools, businesses, bars, churches and more — and neighborhood-wide events, connecting with folks of all ages and backgrounds and crossing divides to create social bonds and shared visions for the places they live, work and play.

Engage Winona heard thousands of comments and ideas from hundreds of neighbors about what they value and love, seek to change, and one day dream big about creating. They include an East End dog park, beautifying boulevards and alleys, addressing crime, neighborhood block parties, new programs and activities in public spaces, stronger pedestrian and bicyclist infrastructure, supporting neighborhood cultural institutions, the Bytow Byway Polish historic walking/driving tour, a spruce-up club to help neighbors in need, and more.

Next steps include the city of Winona and Engage Winona working with the neighborhoods to prioritize ideas and projects, share updates and progress, and connect community resources to help project champions and groups.

Folks looking to get involved can email neighborhoods@engagewinona.org and learn more at engagewinona.org (East End-Side Neighborhood Project page), facebook.com/engagewinona, a special Facebook group (search Winona East End Neighborhood), or sign up for the free Nextdoor website or app and joining the Mankato Avenue group.

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