Commissioner Olson

District: 2 View Map [PDF]

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Mailing Address

2117 West River Road N
Minneapolis, MN 55411


Phone: 612-230-6443, Extension 2

Park-Related Appointments

  • Bottineau Light Rail Line Committee (alternate)

Previous Terms

  • 2010-2013
  • 2006–2009
  • 2002–2005


Lifelong resident of North Minneapolis and son of a former Park Commissioner (Ole Olson).


It is an honor for me to represent the entire Northside of Minneapolis and serve as the 2nd District Park Commissioner. These are exciting times for the Northside and I look forward to helping growth and development occur in all of the Northside parks. I hope to meet and greet many of you at the parks throughout my term of office.

Please take a moment to look around our website and find out more about our parks and recreation programs. I also hope that you will take advantage of the many programs and services we offer in our great Park System - I'm sure that you will enjoy it!

Career Highlights

Owner of a Dairy Queen in North 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


Camden Industrial





Humboldt Industrial Area





North Loop

Shingle Creek