Construction at 43rd Street and Upton Avenue

Beginning Monday, April 15, the intersection at 43rd Street and Upton Avenue near Wild Rumpus will be closed to vehicle traffic. However, pedestrian walkways will remain open. Parking near the store will also be impacted, so please plan accordingly and expect to walk slightly farther to reach us. We encourage folks to leave their cars at home and walk, bike, and roll to the store and our neighbors in the village whenever possible!

Where should I park?

LINDEN HILLS BLVD: Just up the curve from Wild Rumpus you'll find Linden Hills Blvd. This road will remain fully open, and is connected to all directions of traffic, making it easy to get in an out of. A short stroll down the hill to the bookstore (through a GORGEOUS neighborhood, might we add) and you're here!


See the map image below to find free parking on all neighborhood streets near us. The construction intersection will remain open to pedestrians, so if you park on the west side, you'll be able to get to us on foot no problem!

  • Parking on 43rd St. and Upton Ave. will remain available up to the road closure area. 
  • Other street parking off the main node will remain open.
  • The city has requested that construction crews carpool or do their best to minimize work vehicles taking up parking spaces near the village. 

What are they working on?:

  • Minneapolis Public Works will be drilling down, to replace 200 feet of clay pipe from 1919 at the intersection.
  • Metro Transit will use this time to begin construction on METRO E Line stations at the Northeast and Northwest corners of the intersection, and to add pedestrian improvements at all four corners of the intersection.

How long will the work last?

These two groups are trying their best to have the work coincide, in order to minimize disruption.

  • Public Works will close the intersection for approximately 70 days (10 weeks), provided they don’t uncover anything unexpected once they begin digging. They will need the intersection shut down for their entire construction period.
  • Metro Transit will take advantage of the intersection closure to complete as much work as possible for the METRO E Line.
  • When Public Works has completed their project, Metro Transit will continue their construction until the METRO E Line stations and pedestrian improvements are completed. At that time, North/South traffic through the intersection will remain open while East/West traffic will be detoured.

Construction is annoying! Why is this happening?????

We get it!! If you live in the Midwest, you know that that there is a fifth season around here--Construction Season! We all know it's coming, and mutually groan every year when it comes around.

But! Even though this project is an inconvenience for all of us, it's helping to prevent a sinkhole in our village (SCARY!!!) and also sprucing up our transit, which we are really really excited about! (HOORAY!!) Wild Rumpus stays open because you all come here, and the more ways you can do that, the better! Woohoo!

So plan a little extra time for your visit to find parking, and enjoy the stroll through our beautiful neighborhood this spring as you come to get a warm-weather read!

(BONUS: There will be GREAT views of construction equipment from our sidewalk! CONSTRUCTION IS FUN TO WATCH!!!! We've listed some books below for our die-hard construction fans!)


Maisy's Digger: A Go with Maisy Board Book By Lucy Cousins, Lucy Cousins (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lucy Cousins, Lucy Cousins (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763680107
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Candlewick - August 25th, 2015

Maisy digs with her friends in a shaped board book loaded with preschooler appeal.

The Little Dump Truck (Little Vehicles #1) By Margery Cuyler, Bob Kolar (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Margery Cuyler, Bob Kolar (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780805099904
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - June 3rd, 2014

Meet Hard Hat Pete and his little dump truck as they haul stones and rocks, carry debris, and unload at the landfill. It's hard work, but the Little Dump Truck is always ready for action!

Preschool children will revel in the day-to-day activities of this happy dump truck. The lyrical text and bright pictures are just right for budding truck enthusiasts.

Dalmatian in a Digger By Rebecca Elliott Cover Image
ISBN: 9781684460946
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Capstone Editions - July 1st, 2019

Dugger Dugger Dugger What's that noise? Little Dalmatian is about to find out as he follows the booming noises of big construction vehicles in this energetic board book.

Otis By Loren Long, Loren Long (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Loren Long, Loren Long (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399256004
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Philomel Books - January 6th, 2011

Celebrating 10 years of Otis, everyone's favorite tractor, created by the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Love by Matt de la Péna and The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper!

Roadwork (Construction Crew) By Sally Sutton, Brian Lovelock (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sally Sutton, Brian Lovelock (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763646530
Availability: Backordered
Published: Candlewick - January 11th, 2011

Load the dirt. Load the dirt. Scoop and swing and drop. Slam it down into the truck. Bump! Whump! Whop!

Richard Scarry's Busy Busy Construction Site (Richard Scarry's BUSY BUSY Board Books) By Richard Scarry Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984851529
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Golden Books - June 4th, 2019

A fun-filled construction site board book from Richard Scarry!

Dog on a Digger By Kate Prendergast, Kate Prendergast (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781536200416
Availability: Unavailable to Order
Published: Candlewick - May 22nd, 2018

Two perennial favorites — canines and heavy machinery — come together in a charming wordless book sure to please readers of all ages.

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site By Sherri Duskey Rinker Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811877824
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Chronicle Books - April 20th, 2011

The #1 New York Times bestselling children's book and beloved bedtime story!

As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight.

One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they'll be ready for another day of ro

I'm Dirty! By Kate McMullan, Jim McMullan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kate McMullan, Jim McMullan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060092955
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Balzer + Bray - January 6th, 2015

Now a streaming animated series!

This construction vehicle with an attitude loves every second of his dirty job!

For fans of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Steam Train, Dream Train comes a noisy addition to the hilarious read-aloud series from Kate and Jim McMullan, the popular creators of I'm Bad! and I Stink!