Commissioner Musich

District: 5 View Map [PDF]

Steffanie Musich District 5 Commissioner

Mailing Address

2117 W River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Contact

Phone: 612-230-6443, Extension 5
Email: smusich@minneapolisparks.org

Park-Related Appointments

  • John H. Stevens House Organization
  • Youth Coordinating Board

Background

Commissioner Musich has a BA in English Literature from the University of Minnesota, and has worked in the banking industry for the past 12 years, six of them as a Corporate Accountant and for the past four years as a System Administrator on an IT team. Along with several other neighborhood residents, she started the Friends of Lake Nokomis, a non-profit stewardship and advocacy group that partners with local government agencies and other non-profits to protect, preserve and improve Lake Nokomis and its surrounding park. She also serves the community as a University of Minnesota Master Gardener with Hennepin County.

Goals

  • Improve communication with residents about what's happening in the district. Subscribe to Commissioner Musich's Newsletter.
  • Broaden access to Youth Sports and Environmental Education Programs in the district.
  • Utilize a systemic approach to capital improvements and planning processes to ensure that investments being made build on system wide goals and are done equitably.

Special Interests

The commissioner, along with her husband and son have converted the lawns of their urban lot just south of Lake Nokomis into a small farm with plum trees, a cider apple tree, lingonberry and blueberry bushes, grape vines, a vegetable plot and herb gardens. To bring more pollinators to their gardens, established perennial beds have been slowly converted to house native plants, and turf has been over seeded with yarrow, marjoram and clover. The family also keeps honeybees in a second story apiary.

Avid cyclists, skiers, canoists and swimmers you can often find them cruising the trails, swimming or boating throughout the system. The commissioner's son participates in the MPRB's recreational leagues for golf, baseball and soccer bringing the family to park courses and athletic fields throughout the city for games. While recuperating from outdoor adventures, the commissioner can be found immersed in a book.

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

Also at the annual meeting, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board of Commissioners appoints community members to five ongoing advisory board commission appointments within Minneapolis. Members of these committees advise park Board Commissioners and other agencies on a wide variety of subjects by making recommendation on important policy matters. For more information about the committees and to apply, please visit the Advisory Board Commission Appointments page.

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]

Parks & Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods

Bancroft

Bryant

Central

Diamond Lake

Ericsson

Field

Hale

Hiawatha

Howe

Keewaydin

Minnehaha

Morris Park

Northrup

Page

Powderhorn Park

Regina

Standish

Wenonah