Commissioner Erwin

District: At Large View Map [PDF]

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Mailing Address

2117 West River Road N
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Contact

Phone: 612-230-6443, Extension 7
Email: jerwin@minneapolisparks.org

Park-Related Appointments

  • Minneapolis DID Greening Design & Infrastructure Committee

Previous Terms

  • 2010-2013
  • 2002-2005

Background

Career Highlights

University of Minnesota Professor and Extension Floriculture Horticulturist

Education

  • Ph.D. Michigan State University – East Lansing, 1989, Horticulture
  • M.S. Michigan State University – East Lansing, 1986, Horticulture
  • B.S. Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture, 1983, Ornamental Horticulture

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.

Commissioners:

  • 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]

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