Develop a good communication system to avoid conflicts with neighbors. Situations that tend to cause conflicts are noise and nuisance complaints, parking, over occupancy, animals and property maintenance. A great way to build relationships is to get to know your neighbors.
Say hello. Introduce yourself and exchange contact information this helps neighbors see each other as unique individuals and not just another renter.
A trick-or-treat twist. Resident Tona Gillispie recalls one Halloween where students new to the neighborhood went to surrounding homes and introduced themselves with candy, a reverse trick-or-treat. “It was great,” she said.
“I really enjoy getting to know who students in my neighborhood are and where they come from,” Gillispie said. “They are an important part of our community.”
Not only does Gillispie enjoy visiting with students, she also helps support the positive things they do. Gillispie has followed sports news because of knowing one of the players on the softball team who lived in her neighborhood.
Be informative. Talk to neighbors before doing something that might impact them, such as a building project or party. Let them know it’s okay to talk with each other if anything bothers them.
Be considerate. Neighbors may get up early for work, have kids trying to sleep, or be studying, and noise carries more at night.
Know neighborhood expectations. Be aware of any general neighborhood expectations. For more information about neighborhood expectations, contact staff at 311 or 507-387-8600.
Find a resolution. If an issue does come up with a neighbor, it’s best to try to resolve it early on by working together. Remember they may have had bad experiences with other renters in the past and may be taking out frustrations. Listening and responding to their concerns politely and patiently can go a long way.
Parks that allow dogs
Dogs may be brought to Erlandson, Highland, Lions, F.A. Buscher, Land of memories and Kiwanis Recreation Area, which feature special areas for dogs. Dogs are also allowed at Willard Parkway, Premier Pond, Rasmussen Woods and the Minnesota River and Red Jacket trails. See the city code.
The city of Mankato has a variety of ways to get involved:
Join a neighborhood association. Have a say in what’s happening in your neighborhood. These are formal citizen groups that have bylaws, board representation and annual neighborhood goals.
Host a Night to Unite event. Night to Unite is an annually event held the last Tuesday in August where people get to know each and raise crime prevention awareness.
Plan a block party or neighborhood gathering. These informal get-togethers are great ways to get to know your neighbors.
Form or be part of a Neighborhood Watch. Bring your community together to help reduce crime and solve problems.
Apply to volunteer. Volunteer to gain new skills, meet new people and learn more about city government.
Visit a city park. Mankato’s city parks have plenty to offer—Frisbee golf, baseball and softball fields, hiking, tennis courts, and campsites, to name a few.
Civic center. Watch a Minnesota State University, Mankato men’s hockey game or performance at Mankato’s civic center, 1 Civic Center Plaza. Past performers include Atmosphere, Trampled by Turtles, Eric Church, Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson. See upcoming events.
Tour the city. Learn about Mankato’s history and see its rich display of public art through a walking tour.
Connect to events. Go to www.greatermankatoevents.com to learn about upcoming events in the Mankato area.
Be informed. Subscribe to city news:
Contact information for city of Mankato staff.