The Kenny Neighborhood Association
The Kenny Neighborhood Association (KNA) is a volunteer-based community organization that focuses its energy on neighborhood-chosen issues.
In the past few years, KNA has reached out to the entire neighborhood through door knocking, mail surveys and focus groups to learn the concerns of residents and business owners. The result was a Neighborhood Revitalization Project which included beautification of Lyndale Avenue, renovation of Kenny Park, building a sense of community among Kenny residents through events such as the neighborhood festival, protection of the natural environment and incentive programs for residents to rehabilitate and improve their property. When completed, this extensive project will have put more than $1.25 million into the neighborhood.
KNA meets monthly (except April and December) on the third Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Kenny Park shelter building, 1328 West 58th Street. Check the KNA website, www.kennyneighborhood.org or call the KNA message line at 392-4477 for time or location changes. These meetings are open to the public and your participation is welcome!
KNA meetings and events are accessible. Requests for accommodations are welcome. Please make requests at least 10 days in advance by calling 612-392-4477 or contacting us by clicking here.
Kenny Neighborhood AssociationPO Box 19593
- Green Space and Beautification
- Community Engagement
History of the Kenny Neighborhood
Kenny Neighborhood, bordered by Lyndale Avenue (East), Highway 62 (South), 54th Street (North) and Logan Avenue (West) was originally settled in the 1920’s and 30’s. Many of these original homeowners still remain and according to the 2000 census, the senior citizen population in Kenny is 17%.
The Bachman family farm occupied much of Kenny south of 58th Street. This section of the neighborhood remained an open field until the early 1950’s, when the Bachman family moved their nursery out of the city. Today, the Kenny Neighborhood is largely residential with nearly 3,500 residents in 1,700 homes. The neighborhood also includes two churches and a number of businesses along Lyndale Avenue.
The center of Kenny Neighborhood is Kenny Park; a green space with a playground and wading pool, tennis courts, athletic fields and a park building. The park property originally housed a gravel pit. Sharing the site are Anthony Middle School and Kenny Community School (K-5).
The hidden-jewel of the Kenny neighborhood is Grass Lake, a 27-acre wetland located on the southern end of the neighborhood. The lake is home to a large variety of birds and water fowl and is a favorite walking destination.
The neighborhood prides itself on its low crime, active neighborhood association and multi-generational population. In addition, the neighborhood is within walking distance of a drug store, library, dry cleaner, coffee shops, hardware store, grocery store, liquor store, auto mechanics, yoga studio, veterinarian and restaurants.