The Navarre Community Initiative is a new cooperative effort between the City of Orono and the Navarre Community Initiative Coordinating Committee, a group of Navarre area stakeholders who have come together to foster a sense of community through civic goals and projects in the Navarre area. The Committee will act as an advisory group to help the City Council determine the level of interest in the community for pursuing projects to improve the Navarre area and help coordinate efforts to implement desired improvements. The City Council has pledged to provide the greatest possible level of support for this grass-roots effort as potential improvement projects are presented. It should be noted that due to a variety of geographical, physical and social constraints the Council favors maintaining and enhancing the unique character of Navarre rather than pursuing a complete renovation or reconfiguration of the core commercial district. Long-term goals are to improve the aesthetics of Navarre by addition of visual and functional public amenities as well as via individual renovations; to persuade Hennepin County to improve pedestrian safety and mobility at the 15/19 intersection and at the crosswalk area; and to increase connectivity to the Dakota Rail Trail.
Orono residents and business owners are invited to help identify additional initiatives that might be pursued toward improving the Navarre area. Let us know your thoughts - What changes would you like to see pursued for the Navarre area? Are you willing to assist in making change happen? We’d love to hear from you - contact Assistant City Administrator Mike Gaffron at 952-249-4600 (
*Excerpted from Orono Spring 2012 Newsletter