Commissioner Wielinski

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Mailing Address

2117 West River Road N
Minneapolis, MN 55411


Phone: 612-230-6443, Extension 1

Park-Related Appointments

  • St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board
  • Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (alternate)
  • Neighborhood Revitalization Program Board
  • Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership

Previous Terms

  • 2010-2013



I am honored to have this opportunity to further the tradition of exceptional parks in the City of Minneapolis. Keeping our neighborhood parks and urban forest maintained, providing fun and diverse recreational and athletic opportunities, and truly engaging the community in planning for future parks are my continuing priorities.

I look forward to working not only with my fellow Commissioners and staff, but also our friends at the City, County, State and others to collaborate and provide the best value for our tax dollars. Going forward I hope you will consider our parks not only a place for relaxation and recreation, but as a place to volunteer. Together we can keep our green spaces, playing fields and waters preserved for generations to come.

In my second term I look forward to adding to our system along the river front, by increasing our trail system and getting shovels in the ground to bring back Hall's Island!

Public Service

  • Minneapolis City Planning Commission
  • St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board
  • Mississippi Riverfront Partnership
  • NRP Policy Board
  • Minneapolis Park Watch, Co-founder


  • Columbia Park Neighborhood Association, staff


Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Minnesota with a minor in Swedish.


Husband Andy and son Bobby, attending high school at Lionsgate Academy

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