About 2 miles north from downtown Minneapolis is Ole Olson Park, a small park of only a couple of acres. The Park and Rec path from downtown dead ends here just before the railroad bridge. There is a lot of trash to be picked up here. Maybe I'll walk back up here in March to work on it. We noticed the slope going down to the river was bare. Friends of the Mississippi is working with Park and Rec to remove invasive species and restore the slope to dry savanna. The details of that project can be found here: https://www.minneapolisparks.org/_asset/y5ssr0/orvin_ole_olson_park_fmr_factsheet.pdf
Now that the slope has been cleared you can see that it's a graffiti playground under the BNSF Railroad Bridge. It was so bright yesterday morning and the shadows so intense, it was a challenge to take photos. By the afternoon it was in the high 50's. Not normal for February in Minnesota.
Leftovers from the party. Nice shoe.
Freshly done? The graffiti here is mostly stylized lettering and while I have little appreciation for that I do like the color combination here.
If I were going to go back to clean the litter in this area, my policy to still to leave homeless camps alone.
Here is where I have a problem though. This is a closeup of a burn pile for removing the insulation from copper wire. There were several burn piles here. Whether or not this stuff was obtained legally or not, you don't burn it. It's illegal and we don't need these toxins released into the air or the river.
Ok, enough whining and time to start the walk back home.