The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) has developed a draft new policy and ordinance amendment related to how it involves the community in park projects, and is seeking public review and comment through mid June on the proposed changes.
The policy and amended ordinance on community involvement are designed to improve practices for how the MPRB works and communicates with Minneapolis residents and park users.
“This effort to improve our community involvement process aligns with priorities of the Board of Commissioners and the goals outlined in the Comprehensive Plan,” explained Superintendent Jayne Miller. “It is vital that we effectively and proactively involve residents in identifying the program, service, and facility needs of their respective communities. The 45 day review and comment period will ensure a more fully vetted policy and ordinance that will enhance our ability to work with the public.”
From May 2 through June 15, the draft policy and amended ordinance are available for review at www.minneapolisparks.org, recreation centers and Park Board headquarters. Comments can be submitted online during that same period or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by attending any of four scheduled public information meetings.
May 12, 6-7 pm: Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave S, Mpls (612-370-4960)
May 19, 6-7 pm: Windom NE Park, 2251 Hayes St NE, Mpls (612-370-4905)
June 2, 9-10 am: MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Rd, Mpls (612-230-6400)
June 9, 6-7 pm: Lynnhurst Park, 1345 Minnehaha Parkway West, Mpls (612-370-4914)
In 2010, various community outreach methods were used to gather opinion from the community in development of the proposed policy and amended ordinance. Individuals and community groups were invited to share their thoughts though an online survey, public meetings, focus group discussions, and print questionnaires available at recreation centers. Staff interviewed residents at community events such as neighborhood socials, movies, and concerts in the parks.
In mid June 2011, at the conclusion of the 45-day review period, public responses will be incorporated into a revised policy and amended ordinance and presented to the Board for review and approval.
For additional information about how you can be involved with the MPRB, visit our website.