Commissioner Forney

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 8
Email: mforney@minneapolisparks.org

Park-Related Appointments

  • Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership
  • Southwest LRT Community Works Steering Committee (alternate)
  • Bottineau Light Rail Line Committee
  • Minneapolis Parks Foundation

Background

I am a fourth generation Minneapolitan. My great grandfathers were a miller and a millwright at St. Anthony Falls. My grandmother was instrumental in establishing our Linden Hills Park. I have been advocating for parks since the '70's, when 13 diseased elms were taken down from my boulevard.

I've been a WESAC soccer coach, buckthorn buster, rower on the Mississippi River, walker of our lakes and have had a bed of naturalized daffodils planted in honor of my volunteer park service. I have been appointed to over a dozen Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Citizen Advisory Committees and appointed to chair two.

Goals

Our parks define the quality of life in our city. I look forward to expanding that amazing quality of life for all Minneapolitans as your Commissioner-At-Large.

Family

I am married, a Realtor, avid remodeler of homes, lake lover at our Lake Superior cabin, graduate of the University of Minnesota and Edina-Morningside High School, student on World Campus Afloat and at the Sorbonne. I look forward to traveling to 100 countries (ask me what number I'm at today).

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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