Commissioner Bourn

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Mailing Address

2117 West River Road N
Minneapolis, MN 55411


Phone: 612-230-6443, Extension 6

Previous Terms

  • 2010-2013



I am proud and honored to represent the people of Southwest Minneapolis on the Park Board. I believe that our parks are for everyone and they continue to be one of our greatest resources. I will work hard to make sure that this great resource is available for generations to come.

As Commissioner, I am committed to making sure that the MPRB will:

  1. Be the unquestioned leader in providing structured out-of-school time opportunities for our city’s youth.
  2. Contribute towards a healthy lifestyle for everyone in Minneapolis by encouraging increased physical activity for youth, providing healthier food options in our parks, and making children’s playgrounds tobacco free.
  3. Proactively address the needs of our changing community by offering more programming and opportunities designed to engage our city’s growing diverse population.
  4. Improve partnerships with other government units and mission-based non-profits to address our income shortage and maintain a high level of service for residents of Minneapolis and our guests.
  5. Continue to clearly define a sustainability plan that will reduce our carbon footprint and increase our reliance on and production of alternative energy sources.

Public Service

Recipient of the Presidential Service Award for work with at-risk youth.

Former Board member of Theatre Space Project, a St. Paul based non-profit dedicated to providing affordable performance space for artists.

Career Highlights

I have dedicated my career to public service and strengthening our community. I am a youth and volunteer program director for a North Minneapolis non-profit. I currently work with youth ensuring they have all the resources they need to grow into healthy, happy adults.

One of my proudest career highlights was volunteering for a year of national service through Americorps. During my year of service, I worked as a program coordinator in the Minneapolis Public Schools. It was a very humbling experience to give back to my community and encourage all young people to do the same.


1997- Patrick Henry H.S.
2005- Bachelor of Arts, Augsburg College
2008- Master of Public and Non-Profit Administration, Metropolitan State University


Youngest son of three and life-long resident of Minneapolis.

About the Board

In 1883, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board was created by an act of the Minnesota State Legislature and a vote of Minneapolis residents. It serves as an independently elected, semi-autonomous body responsible for governing, maintaining, and developing the Minneapolis Park System.

City of Minneapolis voters elect nine commissioners every four years: one from each of the six park districts, and three that serve at-large. View District Map [PDF]

Board Appointments

An annual meeting of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board takes place on the first business day in January of each year. The following business is conducted:

  • The Board elects two Commissioners as President and Vice-President and appoints a Secretary who is not a member of the Board.
  • Whenever a vacancy occurs in the office of an elected Commissioner, the Board fills that vacancy, usually through appointment.
  • The President appoints Commissioners to serve on Standing Committees of the Board. Each Committee has five Board members (including the Chair of the Committee), with the Chair of the Committee named first. Standing Committees include:
    • Planning
    • Recreation
    • Operations and Environment
    • Administration and Finance
    • Legislation and Inter-Governmental
    • Standards and Conduct

Roles & Responsibilities

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board performs its many duties through the contributions of elected Commissioners and the leadership of the Superintendent. Their actions are guided according to the following roles and responsibilities.


  • Develop park policies
  • Enact ordinances governing the use of neighborhood and regional parks, parkways, beaches and lakes, and special use facilities such as pools, ice arenas and golf courses
  • Appoint the Superintendent

Board Rules [PDF]

Parks & Neighborhoods