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Be a good neighbor

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.

Be a good pet owner

  • Pick up after pets because it shows courtesy to neighbors; reduces exposure to parasites; keeps storm drains and local water systems free of these pollutants; enhances neighborhood livability by keeping the yard, boulevard and park clean;it’s the law.
  • For the safety of the public and the dog, keep dogs on a leash when off personal property.
  • Dogs often bark when alone. To help prevent dogs from barking, it’s recommended to use a bark collar, or try to prevent parking by placing dogs in a kennel or fenced in area.
  • Make sure dogs and cats more than six months old are registered. Register online; at the Animal Impound, 903 Mound Avenue; Mankato’s Public Safety Center, 710 South Front Street; or at the Intergovernmental Center, 10 Civic Center Plaza.
  • If a pet is lost, visit Mankato’s lost pets page. Animals can be claimed by calling 507-387-8590 or emailing

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.


Get involved

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.

Things to do

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 to learn about upcoming events in the Mankato area.

See more Mankato opportunities. Check out Mankato Now playing for things to do, such as ride area bike trails, visit shopping destinations and more.

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Contact us

Contact information for city of Mankato staff.

  • Police and fire: 911
  • Non-emergency: 311
  • Mankato City Offices: 507-387-8600
  • Verizon Wireless Center: 507-389-3000
  • Recycle center: 507-388-1157
  • Waste and recycling (24-hours): 507-304-4242