What's Open and Closed on Martin Luther King Day in Minneapolis?
America commemorates the civil rights leader on Jan. 21.
City offices will be closed, but fire and police services will continue to operate normally. The holiday will not impact trash or recycling pickup, but the Downtown Solid Waste customer service office and information line will be closed, along with and the South Transfer Station.
City meters will not be enforced on Jan. 21, but Park Board and University of Minnesota meters will be enforced.
The Bakken Museum is always closed Sundays and Mondays.
The Museum of Russian Art is open normal hours on Monday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
City parks do not have special Martin Luther King Day hours. However, many events in honor of Dr. King will be held, including a food drive and celebration at Kingfield's Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.
Hopkins muralist Jimmy Longoria will recieve the Park Board's Living the Dream award at the MLK Park event for his violence-prevention work with local youth.
The celebration will also mark the conclusion of the 4th Annual “Feeding the Dream” food drive. The food drive takes place at recreation centers throughout the city. Residents are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items at their local Minneapolis Park Recreation Center. The community service project was initiated in the fall of 2009 and since then more than 7,000 pounds of donations have been collected. This year, all donations will go to the Groveland Food Shelf in Minneapolis.
This year is the first year that handmade knitted items are also being collected in support of the Love Light Project. The Love-Light project supports local teenage victims of commercial sexual exploitation. One can donate crocheted items such as hats, mittens, scarves, and cowls to your local recreation center. These items are then sold and 100 percent of the profits are used to support adolescent victims of commercial sexual exploitation by purchasing items such as bus cards and gift cards for clothing and food. These basic items are very helpful to victims who are trying to escape the lifestyle of prostitution.