Current Problems

The Report Team considered these ideas to be current problems, or administrative issues to be dealt with short term rather than long term (see also The Complete List and Other Issues).

  • An annual "Golden Valley Days" event at least a week in duration for recreation and community building. [9]
  • Large, active community center (arts, music, concerts) [2]
  • Community Bulletin Board (could be electronic) [2]
  • More places to sit and gather in parks
  • City Community Festival
  • Golden Valley Days supported by city and local business (include parade, sports activities, fireworks, etc.)
  • Expand block party to include a larger area; for example a local park party.
  • Brookview Park is currently under utilized. It could be developed to be a community destination/hub (with amenities such as a swimming pool, cross-country skiing...)
  • Create an interactive web-site, not just a G.V. government information site, in which residents and business owners and workers can communicate and pool ideas, share thoughts about the community.
  • Proactively address issues of prejudice - don't just welcome diversity. Concern that there is active prejudice that needs to be discouraged and eliminated.
  • An annual G.V. sponsored community event/engaging businesses for sponsorship
  • 2nd generation website; recreate website, receptive to new technology.
  • Establish a Farmers Market.
  • Create more community engagement opportunities for non-resident employees.
  • Make City Newsletter available to non-resident employees, i.e. drop at key locations.
  • Engagement opportunities to volunteer or join civic/service class, i.e. Courage Center, Historical Society, Rotary, Optimists, Kiwanis, etc.
  • Engage local businesses to support the community [2]
  • Neighborhood Watch Groups. Make coordination of these groups as easy as possible. [2]
  • Block/neighborhood parties. An attractive downtown for folks to identify with in the city. School parades/a big city festival like Hopkins and New Hope has. [2]
  • Place signs in well know areas and readable, maybe a short commercial [2]
  • Multiple activities for children and more child focused opportunities [2]
  • The development of block clubs would be encouraged for crime prevention and other community purposes. [2]
  • City awareness of diverse small businesses in service sector.
  • Promote City website.
  • Increase sport/team options - intra/inter - suburb leagues.
  • Address unspoken "prejudices".
  • Second website for community platform.
  • Improved use of neighborhood mediation issues.
  • Diversity training
  • Ways to support existing organizations that are community - oriented
  • Availability and continued promotion of "Block Clubs" for crime prevention and other community purposes.
  • An established information-share capability (web-based) regarding programs/groups available within the community including public, corporate and faith-based.
  • An exemplary city website for information, selected advertising (revenue generating), chat-rooms, and a virtual meeting place. An interactive site for multiple community and government purposes.
  • More community pictures on city website
  • Create a small business crime alert system.
  • Maintain quality parks/playgrounds/activities
  • Maintain quality services for non-resident employees
  • Simple city services to help neighborhood groups (hang banners, help with trash at neighborhood events, etc.)
  • Website to provide community building information
  • City encourages the attitude of government to be an active, encouraging champion of community building
  • Merge the "2 Golden Valleys" (North and South of Highway 55) - more unifying forces like Golden Valley Little League
  • A fall version of Run the Valley
  • Enhance current activities like the photo contest - get neighborhoods involved.
  • A full calendar of community activities
  • Sidewalks
  • More internet access: Internet café; More communication through technology;
  • Communications through web about what is going on
  • More soft ball fields
  • Annual parade with community/child involvement
  • Reservable shelters in more parks
  • Neighborhood night out activities and neighborhood watches are appreciated.
  • The summer events in the parks are appreciated
  • Organize an annual community celebration/Golden Valley daze
  • More involvement in National Night Out.
  • I like the idea of Golden Valley Days. This is great! This should go a long way for creating more of that "tight-nit community" feeling, but I wish there were a theme of some sort. Themes can be a little cheesy, but it is a way for the community to bond a little more. I grew up in Long Lake, MN where we had an annual "Corn Days." Although this was a normal city event, the central theme was corn. As much of it as you could eat, served up every way you could think of. It would be nice to see something like that in Golden Valley's immediate future.
  • Email and newsletters are a good start, the weekly updates during road reconstruction always seemed go be a bit off or outdated.
  • This survey is great! Why can't we have a voice like this on an ongoing basis?
  • I think that the old shopping centers need to be updated first of all. Putting condos behind the GV shopping center was a bad idea. What a view huh! I like the style of the new buildings around here though. Get the word out that there are community events to go to first. Plymouth has some nice summer events. [1]
  • Community involvement is a great idea that can be blocked by insurance concerns, litigious concerns, and inefficiency concerns-to do things right is often a bigger burden than its worth.
  • I would like to encourage local business patronage by keeping smaller, specialized shops such as those in the Golden Valley Shopping Center. I am aware that there are many community events to participate in. We watched the fireworks show at the Fire Department event the past two summers and I think there is plenty to do if you know how to look.
  • Increase the number of community events and encourage sponsorship across community and business partners. Create a situation where sponsors are knocking on our doors with community driven activities and events. Increase PR of all planned events prior to and after the event. Encourage school representation and engage representatives and leadership. Our challenge is our split school districts! Partner with District 281 on some sort of community building.
  • Library needs help as their material is not up to par - so create a come as your favorite book character party for a fund raiser!
  • Survey Golden Valley businesses to collect a list of those who use Minneapolis as their primary address as opposed to Golden Valley. Create an incentive such as partial city subsidized printing costs (with a G.V. printer) or an award for community involvement to those businesses that change over to use Golden Valley in their primary address.
  • Continue to promote "Block Clubs" for crime prevention and other community purposes.
  • Well publicized events
  • The city would have a community newsletter listing all schools, churches, businesses, clubs, etc. and include a column of "what's new"?
  • The city will have a 4th of July parade and picnic and also an ice cream social at some appointed time.
  • Keep up good snow removal
  • Summer/winter teen activities/ programs/ sports
  • Expand community education programs
  • GV Chamber of Commerce
  • All school news for Golden Valley in the Golden Valley Sunday (Hopkins School news is not in the Golden Valley Sunday)
  • Student Attendance - Truancy Time should require GV Community service for GV students.
  • Annual fireworks
  • Promotion of local businesses
  • More active promotion of Neighborhood Watch... use mailers with utility bills...
  • Encourage businesses in the city to use Golden Valley as their address (not Minneapolis).
  • Do not use "Hopkins" and "Robbinsdale" in reference to the school districts...use the district numbers. Golden Valley is as much as a part of those districts as those two cities. Schools are at the heart of a community's identity. Encourage other cities (Hopkins and Robbinsdale, too) to do the same.
  • Direct city business (printing, supplies) to Golden Valley vendors whenever possible.
  • Use the calendar of current events in the legal newspaper more... Typically notices of Golden Valley official meetings are not regularly published.
  • Personal pride in my city would involve, clean streets, houses kept up well, good variety of shopping, keeping our fabulous nature trails, low crime and a diverse population.
  • Festivals are great things. We have a divided city - 2 school districts, split legislative districts, etc. Support the resurgent community festival scheduled for next spring.
  • Is there a way to get a mailer out that details events at the library, fire house, etc? I always seem to need to dig around to several places to find dates of events with my family. Maybe that could be added to the Golden Valley booklet that goes out every season.
  • Events at Police Department for kids are fantastic.
  • A newspaper that covers only Golden Valley would offer a real sense of what is happening here.
  • Avoid the strip mall mentality and look at all costs. I am so much more likely to do my business with a company that is locally owned and operated, and where the shopping experience is pleasant.
  • There is definitely a generation gap in the local political scene. We are concerned about the focus towards seniors and those over 50 at the exclusion of the future. Looking forward is looking to those younger folks who have more recent and timely experience and concerns and who can identify emerging trends. Why we live in Golden Valley: Houses are undervalued comparatively. It's close to the City and Lakes. The lots are large. Your re-investment remodel dollar goes further. We bought a $296,000 condo near Lake Calhoun. Bike paths, restaurants, upscale grocer, movies, book stores. After 26 months, and a lot of sweat equity, we sold it for $396,000. When we looked at houses in the lakes district we saw an average purchase price of $500,000 to $750,000 and that would be a fixer upper. We drew a 5 mile diameter from Minneapolis and Golden Valley was in that area. Our rules: neither one can take a major highway to work (avoid rush hour traffic), bike paths (big disappointment), close to downtown and uptown where we eat, work out and play and spend our money. We were able to buy a house in Golden Valley that is triple the square footage with almost an acre of land for the price of a condo at the lakes. In short, Golden Valley property is undervalued because no one basically considers it when they are buying $650,000 condos downtown and $950,000 lake homes. In short, there are excellent housing bargains here, but you are just not there yet in terms of being a magnet. We are definitely concerned about the problems we see here in terms of the quality of the area (which way are you headed- will our property appreciate or will we move quickly to get into a place that better suits our needs and tastes, your loss, our gain), the future, and exactly the kind of thing you are trying to do with this campaign, hence, my notes to your committee.
  • Development of a downtown for Golden Valley was begun, but did not go far enough. Communities such as Edina and Maple Grove (one being established for years and the other newly established) have created downtown areas that keep its community members visiting their respected areas with interesting shops/ services/ variety of housing options.
  • Increased use of Neighborhood Groups-Watches, Welcome Wagons, Block Parties, child care pools, etc. There should be city provided incentives for these groups to organize and continue operating.
  • Monthly activity planning at a community center. Regularity improves attendance.
  • Encourage neighborhood groups to get to know police/ fire personnel and vice versa.
  • We have a great National Night Out program in Golden Valley; we should continue to promote it.
  • Change Robbinsdale School district to name that will encompass all areas it serves.
  • Easier access to local business, e.g., not having to cross the busy highway.
  • Concerts in the park
  • Continued relationship with the TwinWest Chamber