Washburn Water Tower

This summer, the iconic and historic Washburn Water Tower will receive some much needed landscaping. The Tangletown Neighborhood Association, in partnership with Minneapolis Water Works, will install a variety of plants at the base of the tower on Saturday June 2nd.  We need volunteers to install the plants on June 2nd and help maintain the plants by watering and weeding throughout the summer.  This is a great opportunity to give back to your community, volunteer with a small time commitment, and engage with your fellow neighbors.  Many hands make for a light load, so please consider helping these new gardens thrive and grow!

Sign Up to Volunteer:

Here’s how you can help:

Kick Off Planting Event Details:

The event will be held on June 2nd with two volunteer shifts 9-11am and 11am-aproximately 1pm (we’ll work until the project is complete). You can choose a shift or sign up for both! The event will be held rain or shine, so please dress accordingly for the weather.

We recommend attendees bring:
-Refillable water bottle (there will be a water refill station provided)
-Gardening gloves

The volunteer work will include lifting and carrying plants, shoveling, planting, and watering.

Ongoing Maintenance Details:

For each shift, we hope to have two volunteers.  The work will include watering and weeding.  If there has been at least one inch of rain that week, the watering will not be needed.  We will assist volunteers in communication to either schedule a time together or communicate what work will be done by whom.  This is a great opportunity to get to know a new neighbor!

As we approach the maintenance season, we will provide volunteers with additional instructions.  We are in the learning stages of how long each task will take and the appropriate number of people to work to accomplish the needs.  We hope you will be patient and share your feedback along the way.

Washburn Water Tower Project Overview:

Although no longer used for drinking water, the tower is an important monument in our neighborhood. While the fence installed around the base of the tower reduced the number of graffiti incidents, it created a challenge with respect to landscape maintenance. Minneapolis Water Works, who owns and maintains the tower and its grounds, commissioned a low-maintenance landscape design plan from Tangletown Gardens. The conceptual design can be viewed Washburn-Tangletown-Planting Pallette. Minneapolis Water Works has cleared the area and plans to purchase the plant materials. The Tangletown Neighborhood Association, with neighborhood support, has agreed to provide volunteers for the initial planting. Additionally, the neighborhood will maintain the gardens by watering and weeding for the first two-three years while the plants are established.

Annika Bankston, Superintendent -Water Plant Operations & Maintenance attended the Tangletown Neighborhood Association board meeting on January 15th to tell us more about the plans. The board approved a partnership with Minneapolis Water Works on February 19th. Please contact info@tangletown.org with any questions.