Post by the Hawthorne Hawkman, stock photo from the localyte blog.
Yesterday in the Star Tribune, there was an inspiring story of a wakeboarding contestant who has also battled cancer. Apparently the national wakeboarding championships were held right here on Hawthorne's side of the Mississippi River. Who knew about this? I can't think of a good reason why a competition of a national caliber would not be highly publicized in the community where it was being held. Whether it's the fault of the World Wakeboard Association, the West Broadway Coalition, Councilmember Hofstede the Park Board, or County Commissioner Stenglein, or even my own organization, someone clearly dropped the ball on this.
And such a lack of publicity around River events happening in NoMi (and especially Hawthorne) is not new. Last year the Aquatennial had events along the River on the same day and at the same times as the FLOW Northside Arts Crawl. There was no synergy or connection between events, and some local business owners didn't even know that either one was happening.
We still need easier bike access to the River, and I'm glad new signs are popping up around NoMi. But access to the Mississippi and making the River a community connection goes beyond infrastructure. There is a definite lack of communication around high-profile events that happen in our community.