The EIRA Board will meet virtually at its regular meeting time on Tuesday, April 14. The board will gather using Zoom. The board will hear an update from Council Member Lisa Goodman and review and approve EIRA tax filings, the report EIRA submits to the Minnesota Attorney General, and its… Read More
East Isles Residents Association (EIRA) is a neighborhood-based organization whose primary goal is to improve neighborhood livability, develop a greater sense of community, and promote the well-being of all of its residents. EIRA encourages resident involvement in order to understand and take action on issues that impact the neighborhood. EIRA develops initiatives that address a wide range of topics that residents believe to be important. Our focus is on increasing neighborhood involvement, preserving the vitality of the neighborhood, and making improvements that make East Isles one of the City of Minneapolis’s most vibrant communities.
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As part of the new planning process for the Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake parks, the East Isles Residents’ Association (EIRA) is partnering with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB), the Kenwood Neighborhood Association, the Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association, and the Cedar Lake Park Association to offer a… Read More
At its March meeting, the EIRA Board voted to recommend changes to the EIRA Bylaws. These proposed changes will be voted on by the neighborhood at the Annual Meeting, currently scheduled for Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Isles Bun & Coffee, 1424 W. 28th Street. The proposed revisions… Read More
East Isles Neighborhood
East Isles is a vibrant urban, historic neighborhood that enjoys the best of the commercial city, and the peaceful escape of tree-lined streets and parks. Over 50 shops and restaurants line the southern and eastern borders in the Uptown area, while the serene Lake of the Isles is the border to the west.
The neighborhood’s name reflects the small islands in the lake and it is one of the most popular recreational destinations in the Twin Cities.
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As part of the new planning process for the Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake parks, the East Isles Residents’ Association (EIRA) is partnering with the Minneapolis Park and… Read More
At its March meeting, the EIRA Board voted to recommend changes to the EIRA Bylaws. These proposed changes will be voted on by the neighborhood at the Annual Meeting, currently… Read More
The following volunteers manage the business and affairs of EIRA to help make our community a better place.
Becky has been an East Isles resident since June of 2018. She has a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology and Religion from St. Olaf College. You can find her eating snacks and drinking tea while walking around the neighborhood looking for cats and/or frogs.
Andrew loves East Isles for its many amenities, its compactness and walkability, and its easy transit access. He can usually be seen walking around the neighborhood or around Lake of the Isles, so stop and say hi if you see him! Andrew has a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, both from the University of Minnesota. He is also Chair of the Transportation & Land Use Committee.
Emma is excited to get involved in the East Isles community after moving to the neighborhood with her partner in May 2018. When she's not working at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota she can often be found at local coffee shops.
Mike and his wife Dawn have lived in East Isles since returning to Minnesota from DC in 1998. Today they share their home on the lake with John and Lily. Mike's best estimate is he has logged over 10,000 miles running, walking and biking around the Chain of Lakes.
Debbie is a brand and content professional who has lived with her family in the neighborhood for 23 years. In addition to serving as secretary of the board, Debbie is the architect of the East Isles Farmers Market and chairs the East Isles Farmers Market Committee with fellow board member, Steve Havig.
Steve Havig is a long-time Minneapolis resident and Founder/President of Lakes Area Realty. Steve has served as President of the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors® and also as Chair of the Community Services Committee, member of the Board of Directors, Treasurer, and Secretary. You can find Steve at the Uptown office of Lakes Area Realty or buzzing about the neighborhood on his yellow and black Vespa.
John, his wife Megan and their son Flynn have lived in East Isles for Flynn’s whole life (6 years). Megan and John have lived here six years on top of that. They all enjoy spending time outside in the parks and experiencing the fun activities that Uptown has to offer.
Ellen Van Iwaarden
Ellen van Iwaarden is a retired attorney and nonprofit consultant who is grateful for all the East Isles neighborhood has to offer. She enjoys serving on the board, walking and skiing around the Lake, gardening, and golfing.
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Note from the President
East Isles Residents Association exists to communicate with, advocate for and bring neighbors together. We are members of this community and volunteer our time to make it the best it can be. If you enjoy:
- Attending our social events
- Contributing to community green spaces
- Participating in zoning and transportation issues
- Connecting with your city representatives
- Working at the new Farmer's Market!
- Or just want to stay connected to what's happening in and around the neighborhood
Come join us an see how you can get involved! We have jobs for all interests and levels of committment.
See you around the lakes!
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1430 W 28th St
Minneapolis, MN 55408
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East Isles Residents Association
2751 Hennepin Ave S, #294
Minneapolis, MN 55408